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Road Games (1981)

Roadgames (original title)
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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 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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One game kills time - The other kills people! See more »


Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The wire that the killer uses as a weapon in the film is actually a thick guitar string. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning when Keach passes the car towing the boat, he says "I'm on your port side." The nautical term port refers to the left side, but since drivers drive on the left side of the road in Australia he is actually on the starboard, or left, side. See more »

Quotes

Patrick 'Pat' Quid: He's just killed a girl.
Pamela 'Hitch' Rushworth: Did he make love to her first?
Patrick 'Pat' Quid: I don't know. What's the difference?
Pamela 'Hitch' Rushworth: It makes a lot of difference. I think in order to play the game properly we have to know what he thinks of women.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in My Time with Terror with Jamie Lee Curtis (2013) See more »

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Better Than You Think
30 December 2007 | by jeffronthiSee all my reviews

I would not recommend you wait on this if you are a fan of suspense. There is also an early role for Jamie Lee Curtis, as well. There are decent performances all around, save for the horrible police officers. They must have been the real thing.

Pros: High suspense, well-written characters, great use of a low budget, good plot twist, keeps you guessing, fine ending.

Cons: Drags in spots, dialogue can be pretentious and unrealistic, a few continuity issues, with respect to sequencing.

For a PG rated movie, this is rather adult themed and creepy, if not scary. I recommend this film to all.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

AUD1,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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