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The Road Killers (1994)

At a desert truck stop, a gang of joyriders kidnaps a man's family and kills his brother. The local sheriff is of no help, so the man goes after them himself.

Director:

Deran Sarafian

Writer:

Tedi Sarafian
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... Jack
Craig Sheffer ... Cliff
David Arquette ... Bobby
Josh Brolin ... Tom
Michelle Forbes ... Helen
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Rich
Michael Greene Michael Greene ... Sheriff Hodes
Alexondra Lee ... Ashley
Christopher McDonald ... Glen
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Hauser
Richard C. Sarafian ... Trucker (as Richard Sarafian)
Adrienne Shelly ... Red
Patrick Thompson Patrick Thompson ... Local
Guy Galley Guy Galley ... Chicken Farmer
Pamela Gordon ... Clerk
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Storyline

After a young boy is almost runover by a maniac on a highway, a re-encounter and confrontation by the boy's father with the driver sets off conflicts with a carful of maniacs. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The highway to hell


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Rated R for violence, pervasive threat and strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although the film was shot in Panavision (2.35:1 framing), the majority of the DVD releases of the film are presented in a re-framed full screen ratio of 1.33:1. See more »

Goofs

Cliff wants a police radio, Cortez drives a car to send it to him. This car has Dodge front and Ford rear. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Helen: [lights up a cigarette]
Ashley: Dad, could you pull over...
Jack: Why?
Ashley: I need some air.
Helen: Oh, Ashley, if it bothers you, you should have told me, I would have waited.
Ashley: It doesn't bother me, I just can't handle it every three seconds.
Helen: Well, I don't think I smoke every three seconds.
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Pretty decent little road movie thriller
30 July 2010 | by BloodwankSee all my reviews

Road Flower, Road Flower. A neat name, evocative and enigmatic, it just doesn't quite hook you in. Centred on a family travelling through the desert who p!ss off some travelling scumbags and end up in all sorts of trouble, it's a fun b grade joint with a few rewards for those with the patience for this kind of thing. And worth noting that this is one of those little seen b pictures that appear to have an eclectic cast through the passage of time, with Michelle Forbes, Josh Brolin, David Arquette and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, all of which have gone on to some kind of wider fame. Gordon-Levitt doesn't make much of an impression here, probably since he was pretty young at the time, but Brolin and Arquette both do well, with the latter being an infinity less irritating than he was in the Scream franchise despite here playing what on paper should be a very irritating character indeed, a sort of dopey idiot savant type in thrall to the main baddie, a wonderfully snarling and maniacal Craig Sheffer. Brolin is a conscience of sorts to the general villains, and pretty sympathetic too, off centre enough to be a little creepy, but with a scared likability to him. The nominal lead here is Christopher Lambert, who is pretty wooden, not especially good but has a certain presence, watchable enough. The film is at its best when dealing with its antagonists though, and the writing is often pretty entertaining, some dialogue made me chuckle out loud and I was generally smiling, there are even one or two surprises in amongst the formulaic set up too. The film moves at a smart pace, looks pretty nice and is even intermittently stylish, too many punches are pulled in terms of the violence but it still muster effective tension, it's a pretty fun ride while it lasts. Director Deran Sarafian clearly knows his way around this sort of film but the action is sometimes irritatingly edited and the film is too skewed in favour of its villains for the audience to feel much for the imperilled family. The directors dad Richard (Vanishing Point) pops up briefly and brother Tedi wrote the script, so its kind of a Sarafian family picnic. This film sure ain't a patch on Vanishing Point though. Anyhoo, this is worth a look if it turns up on late night TV or any other time where you have nothing better to do. Won't change anyones world, but it is kinda cool at times. 6/10 or something.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1994 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Roadflower See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Budget:

$6,580,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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