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Bruce McDonald (story), Don McKellar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valerie Buhagiar ... Ramona
Gerry Quigley Gerry Quigley ... Roy Seth, the Promoter
Larry Hudson Larry Hudson ... Buddie, the Cab Driver
Bruce McDonald ... Bruce Shack, the Director
Shaun Bowring Shaun Bowring ... Mathew, the Weenie-Boy
Don McKellar ... Russel, the Serial Killer
Mark Tarantino Mark Tarantino ... Luke, the 15-Year Old Boy
Jamie Rooney Jamie Rooney ... Nature Film Narrator
Peter Morfea Peter Morfea ... Jesus of Toronto
Patricia Sims Patricia Sims ... Corporate Babe
Nazareno Buhagiar Nazareno Buhagiar ... Ramona's Father
Giovanna Buhagiar Giovanna Buhagiar ... Ramona's Mother
Glen McLaren Glen McLaren ... Gas Station Attendant
Ellen Dean Ellen Dean ... Waitress
Earl Pastko Earl Pastko ... Children of Paradise drums
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Ramona works in a concert agency and is sent after the rock band 'Children of Paradise' who have disappeared. Since she can't drive, she has to take the train and bus and eventually hitchhike. On her way through the Canadian back country she meets the weirdest people - and learns to drive, what leads to... roadkill. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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A rock'n'road movie about a girl who learns to drive. See more »


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1990 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Roadkill: Move or Die See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 250,000 (estimated)
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| (Ontario)

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Dolby

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1.37 : 1
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Bruce McDonald originally conceived the film as a concert film focusing on the band A Neon Rome, but the band's lead singer, Neal Arbik, was uncooperative during the tour which the planned film was to focus on. Arbik eventually left the music industry before the film could get made as well as before his band's planned second album could even be recorded. Instead, the film became a fictionalized portrayal of A Neon Rome, depicting a band on the verge of collapsing in a similar manner. See more »

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Ramona: Russel, are you really a serial killer?
Russel: Well, I've never really killed anyone before, but that's what I'm shooting for. That's my ambition. I know it's a hard profession, and it's a competive field and getting tougher every year. You have to kill about 20 people now before you're taken seriously, But let's face it, what other options do I have? There's not a lot of opportunities up here for social mobility. I mean you can either become a hockey player or take up a life of crime. And I have weak...
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Nostradamus
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guerrilla style cult road indie
14 November 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Ramona (Valerie Buhagiar) is a meek worker at a Toronto record label. The rock band 'Children of Paradise' has gone off the deep end in Northern Ontario. The record label chief wants to terminate their tour. Ramona insists on going north to find them for her job despite not knowing how to drive. It's a strange odyssey. The lead singer Matthew has disappeared. On the road, she encounters various characters including roadkill filmmaker Bruce Shack (Bruce McDonald) and aspiring serial killer Russell (Don McKellar).

This is a black and white cult Canadian indie rock independent movie. It starts with a compelling guerrilla filming of the Toronto Passion Play. Director Bruce McDonald has a sizable supporting role. He's not a good actor but often, an indie can't find good enough actors. This does have the intriguing Buhagiar and the wonderful McKellar. She is able to hold the center and he has some brilliant turns. I wish he is in more of the movie. There is great indie music from the era and this is utterly memorable.


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