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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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No Exit 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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

The city of Stockton that Vanessa mentions, and is trying to get to, has the largest inland port on the west coast, and is located about forty-eight miles south of Sacramento. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, Vanessa can hardly read the simple sentence "The cat drinks milk", but she seems to have no trouble reading the menu in the "Hi-Way cafe". See more »

Quotes

Vanessa Lutz: I felt like I had been transformed into a human urinal.
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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 »

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 »

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Referenced in Welcome to Hollywood (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

RUDE MOOD
Written and Performed by Sam Phipps
Published by Sam Phipps' Music
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I was lucky to find this one! Thanks IMDB.
22 February 2004 | by mgarlandSee all my reviews

I remembered Kiefer Sutherland played a psychotic killer....and IMDB lead me right to this one. I had seen bits and pieces of this movie on cable and couldn't believe how good it was, but back in those days we didn't have "channel info". This movie is wickedly funny, and Reese Witherspoon plays the most hilarious, bad-girl, tough trailer trash role I've ever seen and plays it fantastically. The slutty makeup and outfits she wears as well as the endless stream of profanity she swears are definitely a lot different than her "modern day" good girl roles she seems stuck in now. This movie is funnier than you can possibly imagine, as things keep happening that just blow you away or shock the pants off you and no main character is what they seem to be at first. Definitely unpredictable, this dark comedy is a rare lost gem I was glad to find again.


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