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A music promoter sends a young woman on a road trip in search of a band who hasn't been showing up for their gigs.

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Bruce McDonald

Writers:

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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Storyline

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:

CAD250,000 (estimated)
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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Dancing Cadavers
Performed by Teknakullar Records
(C) KOMA Records
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The second best Canadian rock'n'roll road movie ever.
15 July 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Roadkill' is the second best Canadian rock'n'roll movie ever. The best one, in case you're interested, is 'Hard Core Logo'. Both movies are directed by Bruce McDonald, and it is a pity that very few people outside Canada are familiar with his work. (I'm guessing very few people IN Canada are either, but such is the way of the world...). McDonald's collaborator writer/actor Don McKellar went on to make the brilliant end of the world movie 'Last Night' sans McDonald, but the two make a great team, as this movie, and the equally original and quirky 'Highway 61' show. 'Highway 61's star Valerie Buhagiar also stars here, but in quite a different role, as Ramona, the inexperienced and tentative assistant of a sleazy rock promoter, Roy Seth (Gerry Quigley). Seth sends Ramona on an errand, to round up the Children Of Paradise, a flaky rock band who are making a mess of their tour, and losing him money. As she doesn't drive, she enlists the help of Buddy (Larry Hudson) a chatty cabbie with a million rock'n'roll anecdotes. Ramona and Buddy eventually lose track of each other, and she ends up lost and broke in Ontario, the Children Of Paradise's runaway lead singer nowhere to be found. Ramona's adventures continue, and she makes some strange acquaintances along the way, not least of which Russel the wanna-be serial killer (Don McKellar). This is a very strange, dark and (mostly) unpredictable low budget gem that should appeal to fans of odd films like 'Roadside Prophets', 'Motorama', early Jarmusch and the Coen brothers. It may not be a masterpiece but it's still an overlooked little beauty, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.


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