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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:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The town council trial sequence was filmed in a rented VFW facility. 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: If you're half the leader I think you are...
King Vidiot: I am half the leader you think I am!
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Connections

Features Galaxian (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Ball and Chain
Music by Ray Knehnetsky
Lyrics by Miloangelo Adamo (as Milo Angelo Adamo)
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The finest film of this or any other generation!
29 March 2002 | by DarthBobSee all my reviews

A beautiful majestic and taut thriller set against the backdrop of a suburban video arcade. Joe Don Baker gives us a towering performance as the cliched angry parent wanting to shut the arcade down. It's amazing that even now, 20 years later, the film still inspires, still excites and still amazes even the most jaded movie viewer. If there is a God, I know that even he must get a smile on his face from the pointless nudity and hours upon hours of video game playing that this movie portrays with such raw tenacity and such POWER! 10/10. Long live "Joysticks!"


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