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Joyride (1997)

The teenage son of a motel owner steals a black convertible to impress a mysterious beauty he has a crush on.


Quinton Peeples


Quinton Peeples

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tobey Maguire ... J.T.
Amy Hathaway ... Tanya
Wilson Cruz ... James
Christina Zilber Christina Zilber ... Smith (as Christina Naify)
James Karen ... The Client
Adam West ... Harold
Benicio Del Toro ... Detective Lopez
Steven Gilborn ... Arthur
J.P. Bumstead J.P. Bumstead ... Dr. Brewer
Kenn Norman Kenn Norman ... Sheriff Cork
Judson Mills ... Redneck Joey
Susan Romick Susan Romick ... Redneck Joey's Girlfriend
Marc Robinson Marc Robinson ... Bobby
Julie Rowen Julie Rowen ... Lisa (as Julie Donatt)
Leslie Bartlett Leslie Bartlett ... Martina Hirsch


To a dumpy motel in an out-of-the-way little town, a mysterious woman, calling herself only Ms. Smith, comes to stay. Not only is she stunningly lovely, but her big black convertible is a beaut. J.T., the just-out-of-high-school son of the motel's owner, is taken by the car, and in an attempt to liven up his dull life, and possibly to impress Tanya, a hotel guest who flirts with him and wants to be a model, he steals the car. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Fahrt ins Nirgendwo See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Trillion Entertainment See more »
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Both headlights are smashed in the parking lot scene and go out. In the next scene as they drive away the lights are showing on both sides of the car. In the next scene as they hide the car, one bright and one dim is smashed. See more »


References Sudden Impact (1983) See more »


Written by Michael Brook
Published by Momentum Music Ltd.
Performed by Michael Brook
Courtesy of 4AD
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Not NEARLY As Bad As People Are Saying
20 January 2011 | by luvkittys7See all my reviews

I really CANNOT BELIEVE the amount of negativity being directed at this movie! I really enjoyed it! Amy Hathaway is HOT and fun to watch. She sort of reminds me of Alicia Silverstone in Excess Baggage. I was transfixed watching Toby Mcguire and Benicio Del Toro, as I have been fans of both of theirs for years.. The movie actually has quite a bit of tension and suspense, and it works, because you really feel for these kids, and the situation they are stuck in. Sure, there are some definite continuity errors, and the acting is far from perfect, at times, but somehow these don't detract from the storyline and the overall feel of the movie. I watched half of the movie last night, and was hooked enough to come back and finish it,today. A strong 5, but maybe even a 6, in my book. Definitely worth a look, if you're into these types of movies.

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