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(2001)

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The speaking voice for 'Rusty Nail' was provided by Ted Levine, most famous for portraying 'Buffalo Bill' in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
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For the nighttime chase scenes, the headlights of the trucks and cars were replaced by aircraft landing lights for extra brightness. This helped to bring down the exposure enough to keep the sky consistently black even at early dawn.
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Three different versions of the ending were shot.
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Although Ted Levine provides Rusty Nail's voice, he actually wasn't brought in until post-production, and, physically, Rusty Nail is played by the hulking actor Matthew Kimbrough.
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To avoid the unpleasant effects of having to remove Scotch tape from Leelee Sobieski's hair and skin after the take, she was tied up with a strong, thick plastic film (like thick Saran Wrap) which looked like tape and stuck almost like tape, but which was glueless, making its removal simple and fuss-free.
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Leelee Sobieski ended up filming two different romantic interludes, one with Steve Zahn and one with Paul Walker during the shooting and re-shooting of the film. Both scenes ended up getting cut.
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During the opening credits, when the camera pans around Paul Walker's room, a toy model of the car is visible on the dresser.
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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.
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Eric Stoltz and Eric Roberts auditioned for the role of "Rusty Nail".
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Paul Walker and Ted Levine (voice of Rusty Nail) also worked on The Fast and the Furious (2001) the same year.
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During the course of the movie, watch the LED signal strength indicator lights on the brothers' CB radio. The first four indicator lights change colors in nearly every scene, including bright green, dark green, yellow, red, and crimson. This is obviously intentional and not a series of continuity errors. In fact, it's an accurate portrayal. CB's with an LED signal meter do in fact go from amber to green to red, with weakest signals being amber and, and medium strength being green, and red for VERY close signals. However, on AM they do not bounce while the signal is being received, this is only happens on side-band (USB or LSB).
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As Lewis is looking at his map in the car, his finger follows the road from Red Rock past Green River and down SW. Director John Dahl's earlier motel based thriller was Red Rock West (1993).
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In one scene, a seemingly maniacal ICE truck pulls up to a gas station that the brothers have pulled up to. In Duel (1971) (released the same year as the car they were driving; a 1971 Chrysler Newport), a likewise maniacal truck pulls up to our hero (David Mann) and a small billboard for ICE is visible in the background.
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The Hazen Market is located roughly 40 miles east of Reno on highway 50 in Hazen, Nevada. It closed in 2008 after roughly 70 years of operation because changes to Highway 50 made it difficult for travelers to stop there.
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Robert Winley's final film before he passed away just 16 days after this film's release. He was the cigar-smoking biker at the beginning of Terminator 2 (1991).
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Joy Ride and Joy Ride 2 are both littered with alumni from Supernatural (2005).
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[20:31]There is a commercial on the TV in the motel room for some sort of spray on hair product. The Narrator in Fight Club (1999) is watching the same commercial. Both movies also have Rachel Singer, and the scenes in both movies have the same yellow/green lighting.
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[8:01]Fuller Steve Zahn asks Lewis "the blinker?" asking about Venna whom they've not yet picked up while looking at the ticket Lewis got. This may have been an intentional play on words, since Lewis got cited for having a taillight out, and "blinker" is slang for "turn signal". He asks "the blinker" while looking at the ticket so it looks at first as though he is asking Lewis, "you got a ticket for the blinker?".
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The first of three times that Steve Zahn plays a character who is incarcerated. He did so again in National Security (2003) then in Monk: Mr. Monk's Other Brother (2009)
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Officer Akins has a toothpick in his mouth. Ted Levine's (the voice of Rusty Nail) character Captain Leland Stottlemeyer does the same thing in Monk (2002).
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The production date for this film (September 28, 1999) occurred on the day that Mike Johansen's son was born.
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Ted Levine's character says in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Three Pies (2004) ("...just some punks on a joy ride").
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Steve Zahn(Fuller) & Ted Levine (the voice of Rusty Nail) would be reunited later in Monk: Mr. Monk's Other Brother (2009).
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[11:07] A trucker on the CB Radio warns that there is a "Kojak with a Kodak" in Jamestown. This is CB slag for "cop with radar".
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There are two references to the Terminator franchise:
  • Fuller tells Lewis "in 100 years I'll be dead". Sarah Connor's co-worker in The Terminator (1984) told her something similar: "in 100 years, who's gonna care?".
  • The truck stop manager where Fuller and Lewis go inside naked was played by Robert Winley, the cigar biker in Terminator 2 (1991) who encounters a naked terminator.
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This is mainly a movie about driving, but one of the star's last name is "Walker", who was killed in a car crash in real life.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The ending that was chosen for the final cut is the only ending in which Rusty Nail lives.
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In the ending where Rusty Nail's truck explodes, you can see a water tower behind the truck as it burns. The original intention was to have the truck hit the water tower and have the water come down and put the flames out so that it would be believable if Rusty Nail survived. However, time constraints kept the scene from being filmed. The water tower cost over $100,000.
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