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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




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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Never Stand Between A Woman And Her Car... See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Filmed in and around Palmdale, Sun Village and Lake Los Angeles California. See more »


JT and Tanya both take off all their clothes for the skinny dipping scene, but are wearing swimsuits in the pool. Also, when Tanya jumps in, you can see white paper covers over her breasts. One can be seen floating in the water soon after she comes up. See more »


J.T.: Are you dead?
James: Deaf? What? Huh?
J.T.: What?
James: I think I'm deaf!
J.T.: I'm not dead.
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References Sudden Impact (1983) See more »


Looks Like We're Shy One Horse
Written by S+M Young
Performed by Colourbox
Courtesy of 4AD
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

27 June 2004 | by pdsca21See all my reviews

The only reason to watch this movie is to see just how awful it is and how far Tobey Maguire and Benico Del Toro have come as actors. The script and dialoge are awful, and appear to be written by high school level talent. The premise is absurd and loaded with ridiculous sub plots to further waste viewers time. In short, three just out of high school kids tango with death so they can keep a car. Adam West is good for a laugh as some sort of pimp/daddy business man. If you're a collector of some sort and want this film, the good news is you should be able to get it for about three bucks at any Target or WalMart style store. However, I certainly don't bother messing with this one.

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Release Date:

18 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joyride See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Trillion Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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