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Freeway (1988)

A deeply-disturbed priest goes on a murderous night-time rampage across America's highways.


Francis Delia


Deanne Barkley (novel), Francis Delia | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Darlanne Fluegel ... Sarah 'Sunny' Harper
James Russo ... Frank Quinn
Billy Drago ... Edward Anthony Heller
Richard Belzer ... Dr. David Lazarus
Michael Callan ... Lt. Boyle
Joe Palese Joe Palese ... Det. Gomez (as Joey Palese)
Steve Franken ... Lawyer
Brian Kaiser Brian Kaiser ... Morrie
Kenneth Tobey ... Monsignor Kavanaugh
Julianne Dallara Julianne Dallara ... Roseanna Rivera
Laurie Foshay Laurie Foshay ... Laura
Gloria Edwards Gloria Edwards ... Nurse Mary
Deem Bristow ... TV interviewer
Toby Anderson Toby Anderson ... Bud Clay
Kimberly Hall Kimberly Hall ... Thelma Clay


A crazed driver...with a deeply troubled past goes on a nightly shooting spree across the highways of America...preying on motorists as part of a fanatical religious crusade. Can anyone end his carnage-filled rampage? Or even find out why he's carrying out these acts of atrocities? Written by suspicous

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A decent way to spend 91 minutes.
12 August 2017 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Model-turned-actress Darlanne Fluegel ("To Live and Die in L.A.") is top billed in this thriller, which was officially based on a novel by Deanne Barkley, but which was also prompted by real life crimes in L.A. This is a city known for its amazing 600 miles of freeway, and now a crazed killer is cruising these lanes and sometimes shooting other drivers. Fluegel plays "Sunny" Harper, a nurse whose husband was one of the killers' victims. She's now obsessed with doing her own detective work into the matter, and she soon gets helped by a mystery man named Frank Quinn (James Russo, doing his best Mickey Rourke).

Veteran movie villain Billy Drago ("The Untouchables", "Delta Force 2") is at his creepy best playing the deranged antagonist of the story. It's never quite as interesting when it doesn't follow him. His character frequently phones a hot shot radio psychiatrist, played by comedian / actor Richard "The Belz" Belzer ('Homicide: Life on the Street'), believing the shrink to be his prophet. Fluegel is of course gorgeous and a passable actress, but she doesn't have a particularly dynamic presence on film. Russo tries his hardest to project "cool", and comes off fairly well. Also co-starring are other familiar faces like Michael Callan ("Cat Ballou") as the head detective on the case, the incomparable Clint Howard ("Evilspeak") as a predictably quirky service station attendant, Steve Franken ("The Party") as a victimized lawyer, and the great Kenneth Tobey ("The Thing from Another World") as a monsignor.

Overall, this is an okay movie, with some pulse quickening scenes, but it's nothing special. Co-writer / director Francis Delia, whose work was mostly in music videos and TV, tells this story in entertaining enough fashion - just enough to keep viewers watching. It offers some fun but is largely forgettable.

Six out of 10.

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Release Date:

25 November 1988 (Portugal) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA


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1.85 : 1
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