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Road Games (1981)

Roadgames (original title)
A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer on a desolate Australian highway.

Director:

Richard Franklin

Writers:

Everett De Roche (screenplay), Everett De Roche (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stacy Keach ... Pat Quid
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Hitch
Marion Edward ... Frita
Grant Page ... Smith or Jones
Thaddeus Smith Thaddeus Smith ... Police
Steve Millichamp ... Police (as Stephen Millichamp)
Alan Hopgood Alan Hopgood ... Lester
John Murphy John Murphy ... Benny Balls
Bill Stacey Bill Stacey ... Captain Careful
Robert Thompson ... Sneezy Rider
Ed Turley Ed Turley ... Roadhouse Proprietor
Angelica La Bozzetta ... Hitchhiker (as Angie La Bozzetta)
Colin Vancao Colin Vancao ... Fred Frugal
Paul Harris Paul Harris ... Frugal Child
Rochelle Harris Rochelle Harris ... Frugal Child
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Storyline

Pat Quid is driving a semi across Australia. On the way he encounters various other travellers and the occasional hitchhikers repeatedly as they're traveling the same road. A favorite pastime of Pat is to play games to pass the time on the journey (such as to make up backgrounds of the other people on the road). Pamela is one hitchhiker he picks up. But when she disappears, he suspects that the driver of a van who has been acting a little strange (Smith or Jones), may be the serial killer mentioned on the radio. But his pursuit of the van driver brings him to the attention of the police, who begin to suspect him. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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A state of suspense. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Road Games See more »

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Budget:

AUD1,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the Gents washroom scene at the roadhouse you can see in several shots behind Quid graffiti on the wall that clearly says "don't root abos mate". This has either gone over the heads of the US film crew or left in the final cut as a sick joke. Root is Australian slang for having sex and abo is slang for Aborigine now known as Indigenous Australians. See more »

Goofs

Pamela begins writing "TOMORROW'S BACON" on the door of the truck in close-up, the camera then cuts to a longer distance shot of her completing the word "bacon" but the way the letters are styled do not match the close-up. See more »

Quotes

Patrick 'Pat' Quid: [talking to himself, while driving down the motorway] With full devout courage, of sundry folk, by adventure fall, in fellowship, and pilgrims were they all.
[waves to a passing car]
Patrick 'Pat' Quid: Good morning, pilgrims! Morning!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits roll over the image of the words 'tomorrow's bacon' written on the back of Quid's trailer. See more »

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Featured in Road Games: Audio Interview with Stacy Keach (2016) See more »

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Suspenseful Black Humor At Best
23 July 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While driving alone through the Australia outback with his dingo, the truck driver Patrick Quid (Stacy Keach) becomes aware that a serial killer is attacking women and he suspects that the driver of a green van is the murderer and is getting rid of the bodies in pieces in plastic bags burying them in the desert. On his way to Perth with a load of pork meat, he gives a ride to the hitchhiker Pamela Rushworth (Jamie Lee Curtis) and tells his theory about the killer to her. When they park in a gas station, they see the van and Pamela decides to break in the car to investigate. When Pamela disappears, Pat pursuits the van while he becomes the prime suspect of the police.

"Roadgames" is a suspenseful black humor road movie, with a good and very tense story, great lines and excellent acting of Stacey Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis. The lead couple shows a fantastic chemistry in a plot that is a sort of combination of "Duel" and "The Hitchhiker". The sexy Jamie Lee Curtis is in the top of her beauty and Stacey Keach has one of his best performances in this attractive film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Enigma na Estrada" ("Enigma on the Road")


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