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Motorama (1991)

A ten year-old boy runs away from his abusive parents, steals a Mustang, and a pursues a promotional card game sold at gas stations.

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Barry Shils

Writer:

Joseph Minion
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan Christopher Michael ... Gus
Martha Quinn Martha Quinn ... Bank Teller
Michael Naegel Michael Naegel ... Boy at Wagon Wheel
Susan Tyrrell ... Bartender
Harper Flaherty Harper Flaherty ... Old Man at Wagon Wheel
John Laughlin ... Man at Wagon Wheel
Kurt Bryant ... Another Man
John Diehl ... Phil
Robert Picardo ... Jerry the Policeman
Jack Nance ... Motel Clerk
Cynthia King Cynthia King ... Girl in Backseat (as Cynthia R. King)
Garrett Morris ... Andy
Michael J. Pollard ... Lou
Flea ... Busboy
Sandy Baron ... Kidnapping Husband
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Storyline

A ten year old boy gets tired of life with abusive parents and cashes in his piggy bank and steals a Mustang. He rides off into a surreal America playing "Motorama," a game sponsored by Chimera Gas Company. He has various encounters with different people, and eventually reaches the Chimera Gas Company where he finds they are not playing by the rules of the game. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The ultimate road odyssey from the writer of 'After Hours.' See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Acelera See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers is the bus boy in a diner that the boy comes across. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, Gus is driving the car and we see a close-up of his feet, so that we can see him driving with the stilts. There is a rip in his blue jeans, but in shots before and after there is no rip. See more »

Quotes

Doctor: [checks Gus' eye] Yeah, it's pretty nasty. It is a pretty nasty wound. Did you hit him?
Darrell, Kidnapping Husband: Me? Yeah. I would... I would have to admit that I hit him, yes.
Doctor: Well, I can save his eye but I'm going to have to operate on your son tonight.
Kidnapping Wife: He's not our...
Darrell, Kidnapping Husband: [laughs for stop his wife] Tonight? You have to operate tonight?
Doctor: Yes. Otherwise he's lose his sight. It's plain and simple.
Darrell, Kidnapping Husband: Aga... A-a... OK. Yeah... I guess he'll have to lose his sight.
Doctor: What? I didn't heard that...
Darrell, Kidnapping Husband: I said, I guess it's our decision, ...
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Society Ball
Courtesy of Ole Georg/Capital Productions Music
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Scratching your head isn't a bad thing...
23 August 1999 | by Edit848See all my reviews

On the theory that you don't have to understand everything about a movie, "Motorama" succeeds. The story of a 10 year-old boy on an expedition is filled with interesting sights and people, and there are few points in the movie's road where you can see straight ahead. The camera has recorded lots of little details, so keep your eyes open--the kid's roadmaps, his money and especially his hair towards the end of the movie. On a broader note, you'd think a child driving a vintage Mustang would draw lots of attention, but not in this film. Somehow everyone treats him as just a "little person," and pretty soon that's exactly what you believe, too. Overall, a very nice movie with lots to see, and a quiet pat on the back


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