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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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Taglines:

One game kills time - The other kills people! 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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Box Office

Budget:

AUD1,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jamie Lee Curtis said she felt a certain amount of hostility and prejudice while on set, being one of the two "token Americans". One of the crew members even approached her and asked, "What is it like putting Australians out of work?" See more »

Goofs

The sign announcing the Eastern side of the Nullarbor Plain is misspelled "Nullabor". See more »

Quotes

Patrick 'Pat' Quid: It's my game.
Pamela 'Hitch' Rushworth: Okay, Sherlock
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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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Referenced in Road Games: Audio Interview with Stacy Keach (2016) See more »

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Under rated road movie thriller with Hitchcockian trappings
22 December 2002 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

Road Games is an Ok suspense film by Hitchcock disciple Richard Franklin (see also Psycho II, Link, FX II:The Deadly Art of Illusion). It features a good performance by Stacy Keach as a lone truck driver transporting bacon across the Australian outback during a butcher's strike. Every now and then, Keach comes across other travellers on the road, one of whom is the driver of a mysterious green van. Keach, having heard about a serial killer on the loose on his radio, convinces himself that the driver of the green van is also the murderer the police are looking for. However, Keach takes such ludicrous and unorthodox actions to prove his theory that he ends up making himself look like the culprit.

The main theme here of an innocent man being mistaken for a murderer is as old as the hills. The freshness of this film is provided principally by the unconventional locale (Aussie outback) and the outlandish set of supporting characters introduced during the course of the film. The suspense is good during the main scenes, but in between the film loses momentum. Hardly surprising, since Keach spends much of the film alone, chatting away to himself and his pet dingo in the cab of his truck. Listening to a man talkking to himself is hardly the best way to build excitement. However, you can feel a prickle of terror in your heart during one particularly hair raising sequence in which Keach investigates a peculiar sound in the back of his lorry.

I like this film, but it's no classic. Just one of those quiet, forgotten gems that film buffs ought to seek out for a rainy day.


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