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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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6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Her life is no fairy tale. See more »


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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Details

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

Vanessa tells her boyfriend that her parole officer showed up at the house, but a parole officer is assigned when someone is released from prison. See more »

Goofs

It is said that Vanessa is diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder, but in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, this diagnosis cannot be given to anyone under 18 years of age. Instead, a juvenile is diagnosed with Conduct Disorder. See more »

Quotes

[after getting slashed]
Guard: You didn't have to kill me!
Vanessa Lutz: I didn't kill you, you dirty little pervert, now give me your car keys before I cut your pecker off!
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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 »

Connections

Followed by Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

DESCAFEINADO
Written and Performed by Ben Vaughn
Published by Quonset Music
Administered by Bug Music
Courtesy of Bar/None Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Extremely twisted black comedy
9 October 2002 | by lilpab13See all my reviews

Reese Witherspoon has never made a better movie than Freeway...Although I respect her for wanting to do more romantic/family oriented movies because of her daughter, I don't think even she realizes how amazing she was playing this role...She was completely foul mouthed and hot tempered, but her timing and attitude was fantastic..I recently realized how this movie is and has been potential for cult classic....Reese Witherspoon never mentions this movie in any interviews and I wish she would because I would like to hear her thoughts on playing Vanessa Julia Lutz...


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