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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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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:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Greydon Clark has stated that he developed the idea for the film after seeing teenagers waiting in line to enter an arcade. He decided that an arcade-themed film could tap into that market. 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

Patsy Rutter: I wish you would be like other dads and stay home and barbeque.
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Features Berzerk (1980) See more »

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Sunday Afternoon
Music by Ray Knehnetsky
Lyrics by Miloangelo Adamo (as Milo Angelo Adamo)
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gag me with a ball -top
12 January 2005 | by stueyisSee all my reviews

Of all the juvenile attempts at a movie this has to be the worst. they tried so hard to be porky's with video games that it was funny--makes an excellent gag gift for the guy who loves video games though--they will sit through the entire thing just to get glimpses of classic games. If arcades were really like this in 1983, its no wonder the bottom fell out of the industry... The scene with the punks acting out a pacman game had me cringing in embarrassment for the actors. If it wasn't for Joe Don Baker and his illustrious career of movies (as witnessed on MST3k) this movie would be a total loss. But by all means find a copy of this movie somewhere and subject yourself to the torture--you know you've done something wrong and deserved to be punished at some point--now is the time to make ammends!


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