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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 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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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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Production Co:

Jensen Farley Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scene with Eugene was shot without permits in less than an hour. 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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Features Galaxian (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Stripper Game
Music by Ray Knehnetsky
Lyrics by Tom Demenkoff
Recording Engineer Sherry Klein, Sunswept Studios
Performed by Legion
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Totally Awesom Video Games!!!!
9 June 2014 | by mark-4522See all my reviews

A&E should have a "Making of Joysticks" biography. I'm sure it would be hilarious. I can picture it now. The producers say: "Porkies is a big hit and videogames are making millions a year. Can you write a script that incorporates all of that to make money?" So the writers throw everything in but the kitchen sink: Valley girls, punk rockers, conservative villains looking to stop the fun, a pretty surfer hero, a nerd named Eugene, a fat video game jock, hottubs in vans, screenshots of classic video games. It's an 80's hottub time machine.

What makes this film even more fun is the magic it produces when some viewers either get it, and laugh hilariously, or don't (such as my wife) and say "This is so stupid" and walk off in disgust. It's like Beavis and Butthead. Some get it, and some don't. That's the genius of it. This film will be watched by historians a hundred years from now when analyzing the destruction of American culture or perhaps what made it great. Teens now are worried about starving to death the day they hit the job market or think their "smartphones" make them smart. No. We had it better back then. A lot better.


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