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Road Games (1981)

Cast: Grant Page, Grant Page, Stacy Keach, more...
Director: Richard Franklin, Richard Franklin
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Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Foreign, Australia & New Zealand
Running Time: 101 min.
Languages: English
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Hollywood's Stacy Keach stars in Australia's Road Games. Keach is a truck driver who takes the law in his own hands to capture a serial killer. When the police fail to nab the murderer of hitchhikers, Keach takes to the road, conducting his own search. En route, he picks up hitcher Jamie Lee Curtis--and it is her presence that brings the killer out of hiding and into the bloody finale. Director Richard Franklin's fondness for Hitchcock, which would come to full fruition in Psycho II (1982), is very much in evidence throughout Road Games. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Get Hitched! by ZenBones October 6, 2004 - 5:06 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Never mind the sleazy cover, this is a first-rate Aussie thriller with lots of jaunty humor and innumerable nods to Alfred Hitchcock. It's in a fact, a kind of "Rear Window" on wheels. Stacy Keach plays an American truck driver in Australia who is trying to stay on the trail of a butchering murderer with a penchant for hitchhikers. What ensues is a cat-and-mouse game similar to Steven Spielberg's "Duel" (and just as thrilling!), only with lots of colorful characters thrown in. Like the eccentric tenants in "Rear Window", they provide much of the film's humor with names like Sneezy Rider, Captain Careful, Sunny Day, Fred Frugal, and Benny Balls. Also along for the ride is a young, vibrant Jamie Lee Curtis playing a hitchhiker named 'Hitch' (get it?) and a Dingo named Boswell, who can act circles around Rin Tin Tin and probably has the most beautiful eyes in cinema history since Sophia Loren. As for Stacy Keach, this is the kind of part that's every actor's dream (humor, bravery, lots of crazy monologues...) and he plays it with tremendous relish. Biggest kudos though go to director Richard Franklin, who understands that the audible "wow" one experiences in great thrillers comes as an exhale, at the pinnacle of holding your breath with tension, not as an inhale that is merely shock disconnected from emotion. Also he knows that the key to great nerve-tingling suspense is tight editing, a tense score, characters that you care about, and lots of imagination. This movie has all that in spades. Franklin's love for Hitchcock and joy of filmmaking is contagious and because of that, I had one of the most enjoyable movie-watching experiences in a long time!

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