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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 »
6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Hitch-hiking is her game but this time it could be the end of the road. 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

The ruins where Quid camps for the night are of the Eucla Telegraph Station near the Western Australia boarder. It is true that after the rabbit plague in the 1890s the sand dunes encroached on the town and it was abandoned but it was re-established about 4km north at it's existing site. At it's peak it had a population of 98 not 700 as quoted by Quid. 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: [to his dog] Might be able to pick this one up and take her to Perth with me? Dazzling her with my stylish rhetoric and witty inuendos, eh?
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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

References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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Quality movie
29 July 2004 | by lrc81See all my reviews

Stacy Keach plays a truck driver, he and his best friend, a dingo, are taking meat to Perth, along the way he wonders about other drivers and their life, a way to keep himself distracted. A suspicious green van catches his attention, later on when he finds out that murders have been taking place, he immediately associates them with the van. After watching the van's driver bury a couple of bags in the middle of the desert he has no more doubts about the relation of it to the murders. Braking "truckers" rules he picks up a hitchhiker, Pam (Jamie Lee Curtis), they'll complement each other perfectly, sharing murder theories among other things. The police ends up suspecting Pat (Stacy Keach) so Pam believes that the only way for him to prove is innocence is to find the real killer but he finds them first and kidnaps her, or is it that she went by her own free will?

Nice thriller, the acting as you can expect is pretty good. Keach and Curtis create a believable bond, a mutual crush develops but the age difference is a problem. The script is fairly intelligent and certainly effective. Keach's character is full of theories and anecdotes, which keeps the movie interesting at moments where all you see is the Australian outback. Well worth watching.


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