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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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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 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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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.

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Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Video Madness See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Jensen Farley Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Shot in three weeks. See more »

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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

Patsy Rutter: I wish you would be like other dads and stay home and barbeque.
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Features Space Dungeon (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Down at the Arcade
Music and Lyrics by Bill Scott
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topless girl playing Pac-Man. ...'nuff said?
8 April 2004 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

The dubious honors given this film are entirely justified. This is, without question, among the most moronic comedies ever made. Quite interesting as a time capsule of the early 1980s, however, and a real gas for anyone who was a youngster at that time. The plot concerns a popular video arcade in danger of being closed down by nogoodnik Joe Don Baker. Who cares about that, though...

...you rented this to see boobs.

Right?

Singular boobs. Pairs of boobs. Sets, groups, and crowds of boobs. Yes...JOYSTICKS is a veritable Wall of Boob, and while you're busy boobing it up, you can also enjoy the most sophomoric humor ever be offered up in a teen sex comedy. As an extra bonus, there's a gang of comically over-the-top "punkers", the likes of which were commonplace as guest villains on T.V. crime shows throughout the 80s(tri-color frightwigs, bondage gear, lots of chains...yeah, you remember...)

Shamefully fun trash, if you don't mind hitting the kill-switch on your brain for 90 minutes. Wakka Wakka Wakka.

4/10


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