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Freeway (1996)

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A twisted take on "Little Red Riding Hood", with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker travelling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer and pedophile.

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Matthew Bright

Writer:

Matthew Bright
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Bob Wolverton
Reese Witherspoon ... Vanessa Lutz
Bokeem Woodbine ... Chopper
Paul Perri ... Cop #1
Robert Peters ... Cop #2
Ben Meyerson Ben Meyerson ... Cop at Truckstop
Craig Barnett ... Cop #3
G. Eric Miles G. Eric Miles ... Cop #4
Wolfgang Bodison ... Detective Breer
Dan Hedaya ... Detective Wallace
Chris Renna Chris Renna ... Doctor
Kathleen Marshall ... ER Nurse
Melinda Renna ... Female Anchor
Guillermo Díaz ... Flacco
Kitty Fox Kitty Fox ... Grandma
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Little Red Riding Hood for the 1990's: After her mom and step-dad are arrested, 15-year-old Vanessa Lutz decides that instead of once again being put into a foster home, she'd rather go and search for the grandmother she's never met, and live with her. "On the way to grandma's house," (actually a trailer park) Vanessa's car breaks down, and she's picked up from the side of the road by Bob Wolverton, a counselor at a school for troubled boys. Bob slowly earns Vanessa's trust, and eventually convinces her to talk about her sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather. When Vanessa realizes that Bob is enjoying what she's saying, she realizes that he's "The I-5 Killer," from the news. She tries to get out of his truck, but the inside door handle has been removed... Written by Daniel Aubrey White <white@mortimer.com>

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Her life is no fairy tale. See more »


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Rated R for strong lurid violence and sexual dialogue, some sexual situations, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Sin salida See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,945, 25 August 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$295,493, 13 March 1997
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(uncut) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Vanessa (Reese Witherspoon) vomits, she is actually spitting out yogurt. See more »

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Obvious stunt double when Vanessa beats up Bob in the caravan at the end of the film. Her hair is clearly different. See more »

Quotes

Ramona: You don't know nothin' about nothin'! You don't know a goddamn thing about nothin'!
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Crazy Credits

The beginning credits play over a series of color drawings (in a style similar to cartoonist Robert Crumb) in a hip retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story. See more »

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The US R-rated version is missing two minutes of graphic violence and more sexually explicit dialogue. See more »


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TWO HEARTS
Written by Alan Lee Backer
Performed by The Twanglers
Published by Rig Rock Songs and Fat Lip Music
Administered by Bug Music
Courtesy of Diesel Only Records
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I don't think this is how The Brothers Grimm envisioned Little Red Riding Hood...
31 May 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Based on the classic Grimm Brothers tale, Little Red Riding Hood; Freeway is the disjointed and frankly weird odyssey following a young girl on the way to her grandmother's home. The film begins much like any other hitchhiking film, with a young girl being picked up by a slightly sinister driver. However, you won't be able to predict where it's going to go from there, as Freeway continually puts its characters in absurd situations and delivers the unexpected. The plot doesn't exactly adhere to the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and after the basics have been laid down, it's basically anyone's game right down to the gripping and hilarious climax. The film sees Reese Witherspoon's juvenile delinquent being picked up by Kiefer Sutherland's child psychologist after fleeing from her home when her mother and step father are arrested. After telling the psychologist of her relationship with her step father, she soon realises that he's enjoying what she's saying a little too much; and it's not long before she asks him if he's the infamous I-5 killer, and he doesn't do anything to convince her he's not...

Freeway doesn't introduce any characters that are particularly likable, and all are guilty to a degree. Most audience members will be on the side of Witherspoon's character, as although she certainly has personality problems, she's great fun to watch and her twisted logic isn't usually far from being spot on! Witherspoon got one of her best roles in this film, and really does carry it despite her young age. Kiefer Sutherland stars alongside her, and it's rather odd seeing him in the psycho role after getting so used to him being Jack Bauer in 24. He does do it great, however. Perhaps the best thing about this film is the pitch black humour that goes hand in hand brilliantly with the absurdity of the piece. The plot is really freewheeling, and the film jumps from road thriller to prison drama to the court room in the blink of an eye, and this helps to ensure that the audience is always kept on their toes. This film won't appeal to people that don't like their movies to be pitch black and unpleasant, but anyone who enjoys a good does of absurdity shouldn't hesitate to track this film down!


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