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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.

Director:

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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There's only one way to win the girl of your dreams: floor it! 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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,577, 17 January 1993

Gross USA:

$10,535

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,535
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The strange, not US like papermoney bills Gus uses in the film are Dutch Guilders, money from The Netherlands from the pre-Euro period. 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

Gus: Damn! Damn! Damn! $10, $20 stinky bucks left!
[views a police car]
Gus: Hustle-hustle-hustle.
Jerry the Policeman: Hello, again!
Gus: Hey!
Jerry the Policeman: Where is your dad?
Gus: A-a... In the woods there, you know, a little rest stop. He couldn't hold it until the next gas station.
Jerry the Policeman: Your father sure has to go to the bathroom a lot.
Gus: A-a, yeah, diabetes, you know?
Jerry the Policeman: I hear you. Well, take care.
[...]
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Society Ball
Courtesy of Ole Georg/Capital Productions Music
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" Getting on the road to hell, all one has to do is believe "
13 March 2013 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Joseph Minion wrote this eerie, spooky, unusual film which is expertly directed by Barry Shils. It's subject matter is straight out of the Twilight Zone. The story begins with a pint-size ten year old boy named Gus (Jordan Christopher Michael) who's abusive home environment spurs him to steal a beautiful, mint condition, red 65 Ford Mustang and run away. Despite his inability to reach the foot peddles, he crafts a prosthetic foot device to reach the floor. Along the long stretch of roadway, which he flies over at top speed, he encounters a dozen unusual characters. His secret objective is to gather a series of Collectable cards in an effort to win a Million Dollar Prize. What he discovers is a tribute to the universal law of Be careful what you wish for. Gus is subjected to an odd collection of weirdos, kidnappers, bikers and an occasional helpful nudge towards his goal. What the movie allows the audience is a cruel, insightful look at life. Indeed, for movie buffs, we are treated to a whole plethora of Hollywood thespians. Stars like Michael J. Pollard, Vince Edwards, Drew Barrymore, Dick Miller, Meat Loaf and John Diehl are scattered throughout the film. Interestingly enough the movie itself is fascinating and even at it's conclusion, one has the notion that it must be seen again. I did. Recommended. ****


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