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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Fuller
... Lewis
... Venna
... Charlotte
... Danny (Lewis's Roommate)
... Car Salesman
... Officer Keeney
... Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
McKenzie Satterthwaite ... Asst. Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
... Gas Station Mechanic
Kenneth White ... Ronald Ellinghouse
Luis Cortés ... Night Manager (as Luis Cortes)
... Officer Akins
... Sheriff Ritter
... Gas Station Manager
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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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Don't play with strangers See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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

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5 October 2001 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,347,259, 7 October 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,973,182, 6 January 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,000,000
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Was renamed 'Road Kill' in the UK, since taking a 'Joy Ride' is not the pleasant journey it is in the states, rather the name for when youths steal cars and race each other or the cops and eventually total and dump the car. Similarly, the film was also renamed Roadkill in Australia. See more »

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Rusty Nail's truck changes to different models in some shots: Freightliner and Peterbuilt. See more »

Quotes

Fuller Thomas: [40:30] Stay the fuck back, man. I've got a gun!
Ice Truck Driver: And I've got a MasterCard.
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Referenced in Maxed Out (2006) See more »

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Nothing Lies Still Long
Written by Beerman, Fisk, Freeman, Spalding
Performed by Pell Mell
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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an unexpected Joy
3 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

A couple of punk kids use a CB to prank off the wrong guy in this above average teen thriller. I say above average, but as far as teen thrillers go, with "I know what you did last summer", "Urban Legends", and their ilk cluttering up the sub-genre, a movie like this is frigging' Macbeth.Not to say this film is without flaws, Leelee Sobieski is pretty wooden in her role as Venna and there are plot holes that you can even drive Rusty Nail's truck through. However it does create some good tension, so I'm willing to overlook that.

My Grade: B-

Fox DVD Extras: Commentary by Director John Dahl; 2nd commentary by Writes Clay Tarver and J.J. Abrams; 3rd Commentary by Steve Zahn and Leelee Sobrieski; Making-of; Deleted scenes; 4 alternate endings; Voice auditions for Rusty Nail; White Rabbit type Branching option; Theatrical trailer


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