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Death Valley (1982)

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A divorced mother, her young son and her new boyfriend set out on a road trip through Death Valley and run afoul of a local serial killer.

Director:

Dick Richards
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Le Mat ... Mike
Catherine Hicks ... Sally
Stephen McHattie ... Hal
Wilford Brimley ... Sheriff (as A. Wilford Brimley)
Peter Billingsley ... Billy
Edward Herrmann ... Paul Stanton
Jack O'Leary Jack O'Leary ... Earl
Mary Steelsmith ... Baby Sitter
Gina Christian Gina Christian ... R.V. Girl
Kirk Koskella Kirk Koskella ... R.V. Boy (as Kirk I. Kiskella)
Frank J. Cimorelli Frank J. Cimorelli ... R.V. Boy
Arnold C. Waterman Arnold C. Waterman ... On Looker
Fred W.S. Newton Fred W.S. Newton ... Outlaw
J.P.S. Brown J.P.S. Brown ... Western Sheriff
Roy Gunsberg Roy Gunsberg ... Tour Guide (as Roy S. Gunsburg)
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Storyline

A divorced mother, her young son and her new boyfriend set out on a road trip through Death Valley and run afoul of a local serial killer.

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Valley - Una Vacanza Nell'Estremo Terrore See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's production notes, according to a review in The New York Times by Janet Maslin, stated that screenwriter Richard Rothstein went on vacation in Death Valley with friends and family. He saw a mysterious car approach his vehicle on "a lonely road in the middle of nowhere. What, he asked himself, if somebody bad were in that car and wanted to hurt me?". This actual real life scenario provided the inspiration for this picture. See more »

Quotes

[Billy has locked himself in the bathroom]
Hal: I'll tell you something, Billy...
Billy: What?
Hal: [starts to force door with knife] We got a hollow door here. It's made in Japan. Billy, I could bust through this really easy, but it would cause a mess. So, what I could do is, I can get the molding off, and I think that's the way to go. Are you all right in there? So, we got a little problem here, but I'll get you out. You stay calm in there. Remember, most accidents happen in the home. There it is. I don't ...
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Alternate Versions

In some TV versions before Billy and his mom arrive at the airport. Mike is seen buying comic books for Billy. Also when they go to the restraunt to eat Later on Billy's mom tells Billy to stop staring at the customers. Finally right after the restraunt scene Billy goes to the pool area where he meets Stu ( the other psycho killer) which is Hal's twin brother. He sees that Billy has his necklace and tries to take it and drown the boy or we, the audience have that assumption. See more »

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References The Blue Lagoon (1980) See more »

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Like a plane without an engine...
11 November 1999 | by culwinSee all my reviews

...a movie without a script totally bombs. From the writer of "Universal Soldier" (1 & 2) and "Hard to Hold", it's a wonder this movie is even as good as it is. The actors and director do a remarkable job despite the drivel they are forced to work with. If they did a total rewrite of this movie, it would probably be pretty good, but as it is, it is somewhat boring and just BLAH. It has some moments but I wouldn't bother unless it is on TV and you are bored anyways.


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