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Joy Ride (2001)

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Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.

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John Dahl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Zahn ... Fuller
Paul Walker ... Lewis
Leelee Sobieski ... Venna
Jessica Bowman ... Charlotte
Stuart Stone ... Danny (Lewis's Roommate)
Basil Wallace ... Car Salesman
Brian Leckner ... Officer Keeney
Mary Wickliffe ... Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
McKenzie Satterthwaite McKenzie Satterthwaite ... Asst. Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
Dell Yount ... Gas Station Mechanic
Kenneth White Kenneth White ... Ronald Ellinghouse
Luis Cortés Luis Cortés ... Night Manager (as Luis Cortes)
Michael McCleery ... Officer Akins
Jim Beaver ... Sheriff Ritter
Rachel Singer ... Gas Station Manager
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Storyline

College student Lewis decides to drive across the country to see Venna, a friend who doesn't know that Lewis is interested in her romantically. Unfortunately for his plans, Lewis gets saddled with his raucous-spirited older brother, Fuller, whose on-the-road pranks get the brothers and Venna sucked into a nightmare when a psychotic truckdriver takes offense. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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It started as a joke. Now the joke is on them. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/terror and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Candy Cane See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,347,259, 7 October 2001

Gross USA:

$21,974,919

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,642,838
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There was a clown named Rusty Nails who was the inspiration for Krusty The Clown in The Simpsons. There is also an actor named Rusty Nails and a director named Rusty Nails. See more »

Goofs

When the ice truck pulls into the convenience store, the rear axle is about 3 feet from the end of the truck, as is usually the case for any kind of box truck. When Rusty Nail drives his truck through it, the axle is pushed to the very end of the trucks frame, presumably to allow Rusty Nails truck to drive through it. See more »

Quotes

Truck Stop Manager: [1:07:42] Is this a fraternity stunt? Because if this wasn't my restaurant...
Fuller Thomas: It isn't there a man who's gonna kill our friend if we don't come in like this...
Truck Stop Manager: Guys, guys... if this wasn't my restaurant I'd say it was a pretty good one.
Fuller Thomas: No, we're not joking, man!
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Alternate Versions

Unreleased deleted scene; After 'Rusty Nail' drives away in his truck after almost crushing Lewis and Fuller in their car, the two look at each other, and begin to laugh timidly. Then Fuller, slowly steps out of the car and screams at the top of his lungs. See more »

Connections

References Smokey and the Bandit (1977) See more »

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Weightless
Written and Performed by Old 97's
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A surprisingly engrossing and effective thriller. Not all that original but extremely entertaining.
13 January 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

It would be very easy to overlook 'Roadkill' (the title 'Joy Ride' is known by here in Australia), especially considering the leads are mainly known for asinine teen movies. But dig a little deeper and you will see that it is directed by the underrated John Dahl, also responsible for the crackerjack thriller 'Red Rock West' a decade ago. Paul Walker ('The Skulls') is very effective as your average joe college kid, and Steve Zahn ('Out Of Sight') is even better as his smart ass older brother. Zahn is a talented comic often better than the movies he appears in, and he is in fine form here. The chemistry between the two is believable and amusing without becoming tired. Leelee Sobieski ('Eyes Wide Shut') has yet to make much of an impact on me, and there's very little to change that here. She is passable but little more than eye candy as Walker's potential love interest. The real star of the movie is the mysterious and frightening trucker Rusty Nail ('The Silence Of The Lambs' Ted Levine). Of course the whole scenario is hugely indebted to Spielberg's suspense classic 'Duel', but Dahl and co. manage to put a fresh and exiting spin on familiar material. 'Roadkill' won't change your life, but it is a genuinely exciting and effective thriller, a real rarity in Hollywood these days. Hitchcock it ain't but it's a very entertaining popcorn movie with plenty of thrills and twists. Recommended.


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