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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(uncut) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The album Relief Through Release by the band Tura Satana (later called My Ruin) features extensive quotes from this movie in between songs, mainly Reese Witherspoon's short conversations with God. See more »

Goofs

During the daylight shots of Vanessa and Bob in his car, shadows of camera equipment appear on the car's hood. See more »

Quotes

[to Rhonda's sexual advances]
Vanessa Lutz: Alright, I'll make out with you. But no fucking 'cause I'm straight.
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Crazy Credits

Except for the main characters of Bob (Kiefer Sutherland) and Vanessa (Reese Witherspoon), the rest of the cast is listed alphabetically according to the character's name. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1997, the 102 minute edited US R-rated version screened in Australia with an R rating for its theatrical release. In 1998, the 104 minute uncut version was submitted to the Australian Classification Board for a video release, however, it was refused classification (RC). Instead, the edited US R-rated version was released on video. The Australian DVD released through Force Entertainment is also the US R-rated version. See more »


Soundtracks

RUDE MOOD
Written and Performed by Sam Phipps
Published by Sam Phipps' Music
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How did I ever miss this movie before
31 December 2002 | by tigoeSee all my reviews

Although it started out slow, it really picked up the pace when Vanessa gets into Bob's SUV type vehicle. As the movie went on, it easily turned out to be one of the best movies I've seen in years. Dark, gory and still full of laughs in a twisted way. How Reese Witherspoon didn't win an Academy Award for this is a mystery. I have found new respect for Reese and glad to know she isn't all about fluff movies catering to woman (i.e., "Sweet Home Alabama"). I hope Reese digs into the grittier side of life again and does another movie of the "Freeway" caliber and leave her mantle of "the next Meg Ryan" at home!

Way to go Reese, this movie is definitely worth owning!


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