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Road Movie (1973)

Gil and Hank are two independent truckers who run into problems when they are forced to pay off traffic managers to get loads. They also have to pay off highway cops when their rigs are ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Strick

Writers:

Judith Rascoe, Joseph Strick (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Drivas ... Gil
Regina Baff ... Janice
Barry Bostwick ... Hank
David Bauer ... Harry
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Challis David Challis
Rodney Cleghorn Rodney Cleghorn
Beatrice Colen
Rik Colitti Rik Colitti ... (as Ric Colitti)
Eileen Dietz ... Woman Bagging Drugs
Flip Dumont Flip Dumont
Laura Esterman Laura Esterman
James Evans James Evans
Maxwell Glanville Maxwell Glanville ... Truck Driver in Diner
Richard Goode Richard Goode
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow
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Gil and Hank are two independent truckers who run into problems when they are forced to pay off traffic managers to get loads. They also have to pay off highway cops when their rigs are overweight and bank loans but consider themselves lucky just to be able to keep up the interest payments. Add to that a small, frizzy-wigged highway hooker named Janice, who tempts them with her lurid charms. Written by alfiehitchie

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When you pick up Janice, you pick up trouble. See more »

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Trivia

Director Joseph Strick allowed screenwriter Judith Rascoe to attend open casting call auditions for many of the parts in this film. See more »

Quotes

Harry: Uh, we're all gonna have steak. That all right with everybody? Uh, then you get stuff with it. And wine. Everybody want wine?
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References The Cowboys (1972) See more »

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America, the Bleak
23 February 2004 | by gpadilloSee all my reviews

What an amazing picture. America the bleak, the picture shows what too many Americans are forced to look at: shooting flames of 100 foot pilot lights at the Jersey oil refineries, filthy, trash strewn barriers and streets, swampy landfills, miles of destroyed land strip mined, dump yards, and all vision encompassing, tacky billboards luring us to destinations like the "Monkey Snake Farm"

Playing into the visual aspect are other touches such as the radio playing advertisements for items like the "writhing, bleeding Jesus statute for two dollars - . . . with genuine simulated blood." Here is a picture of an America too many see, yet too few admit exists.

The young (almost unrecognizable) Barry Bostwick gives an astonishing performance is amazing as Hank, a young idealistic country boy truck driver partnered with Robert Drivas wondrously hardworn, (yet unwittingly naïve) Gil. Regina Baff is nothing but bad news as the mistake in the form of a whore they pick up causing their string of bad luck yet making herself necessary as their only means of redemption. That Hank recognizes this early on and the "older, wiser" Gil does not gives an interesting, unspoken and uneven balance and reversal of their roles in this partnership. Ms. Baff teeters gloriously between laughably horrible and dead on, offering a frightening character study that is at once loathsome and pitiable

The soundtrack matches perfectly the visual images we are given throughout - songs and sounds of the time in which the story takes place and intertwine in a manner that seems to be an actual commentary - a necessary appendage of the story.

Such movies need the balance of tension and release to make their point, but Road Movie never offers that - giving instead a sense of tension and false-release which intensifies every frame as few films can do today.

With a handful of dollars, cast and crew of Road Movie give us a real movie, entertaining, heartbreaking and full of false hope. Astonishing achievement.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Janice See more »

Filming Locations:

South Kearny, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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