Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
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Nothin' Short of Highway Robbery 

Newt and Marcie are driving through the desert and stop off at a gas station. They are told by Harry, the proprietor, that their car is in need of extensive repairs and suggest that, while ... See full summary »

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Newt and Marcie are driving through the desert and stop off at a gas station. They are told by Harry, the proprietor, that their car is in need of extensive repairs and suggest that, while he fixes it, they have a meal at his wife's cafe. When the couple are presented with the bill for the repairs and the meal they are shocked at the expense, declaring it "nothin' short of highway robbery". The tables are about to be turned because Newt and his wife were on a journey to do something highly illegal and they have come prepared. Written by don @ minifie-1

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21 July 1985 (UK)  »

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Warren Oates' final role. See more »

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15 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was one of the American episodes of Tales of the Unexpected, and what a surprise to see Roald Dahl's introduction. He wasn't though giving his introduction in his comfortable lounge chair by the fireside as he did in the early episodes (I'm not sure if that was really filmed at his place), here he stands up in a studio.

There's much electricity and tension in this episode, and the malevolence you can cut with a knife. Bud "Harold and Maude" Cort to his credit played his role in a cool and understated way. You could see he was going to pay the mechanic's bill...with interest if you know what I mean. Kind of a precursor to Natural Born Killers I guess.

Here the mechanic (Warren Oates) whistles a few Gospel hymns (What a friend we have in Jesus being one of them).

I wonder where this was filmed, as the atmosphere was lonely and impressive.


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