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Joysticks (1983)

R | | Comedy | 4 March 1983 (USA)
When a top local businessman and his two bumbling nephews try to shut down the town's only video arcade, arcade employees and patrons fight back.

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Greydon Clark
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Don Baker ... Joseph Rutter
Leif Green ... Eugene Groebe
Jim Greenleaf Jim Greenleaf ... Jonathan Andrew McDorfus
Scott McGinnis ... Jefferson Bailey
Jon Gries ... King Vidiot (as Jonathan Gries)
Corinne Bohrer ... Patsy Rutter
John Diehl ... Arnie
John Voldstad ... Max
Reid Cruickshanks Reid Cruickshanks ... Coach Straight
Morgan Lofting Morgan Lofting ... Mrs. Rutter
Kym Malin Kym Malin ... Lola
Kim G. Michel Kim G. Michel ... Alva
Jacqulin Cole ... Alexis Wheeler
Logan Ramsey ... Mayor Neville
Justine Lenore ... Nurse Tubitt
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Storyline

There's trouble in town and it's video games. High school students spend so much time with the electronic monsters that there's no time for schoolwork. Shucks. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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More fun than games.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

This film was made under the title "Video Madness." See more »

Goofs

When the two main characters are playing Pac-Man (with the cool, giant floor-mounted joysticks) they are repeatedly shown mashing buttons. There's no buttons in Pac-Man, as the only thing you are doing is controlling movement. The same is true later when they are playing Super Pac-Man. Super-Pac-Man has one button ("Super Speed") which must be held down continuously. It would do them no good to keep mashing the button. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Rutter: You and I have something in common. Do you know what that is?
King Vidiot: [Shakes hands with Mr. Rutter] We both like to hang out in public bathrooms!
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Connections

Features Defender (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Joysticks
Performed by Legion
Music by Ray Knehnetsky
Lyrics by Miloangelo Adamo (as Milo Angelo Adamo)
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Hit and miss T & A comedy that will be a treat for retro video gamers
11 April 2019 | by mwilson1976See all my reviews

When a businessman (Joe Don Baker) threatens to close down their beloved video arcade, a group of teens to fight for their rights in this dumb T&A comedy also known as Video Madness. Jefferson Bailey (S. McGinnis) is in charge of his Grandfather's video arcade and plays strip video gaming with the many "attractive" young women that frequent the place. Jon Gries Is King Vidiot, a video game obsessed punk who dresses like Sid Vicious and travels with a pack of female groupies. It features loads of great retro arcade games including Battle Zone and Defender, and Midway Games allowed the image of Pac-Man to be used in the film. They also allowed the filmmakers to showcase Satan's Hollow and the unreleased Super Pac-Man during the film's climactic video game showdown.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joysticks See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,431,065, 6 March 1983

Gross USA:

$3,952,448

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,952,448
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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