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Freeway [1996] [DVD]

Kiefer Sutherland , Reese Witherspoon , Matthew Bright    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kiefer Sutherland, Reese Witherspoon, Amanda Plummer, Brooke Shields
  • Directors: Matthew Bright
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Cornerstone Media
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,094 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

After suffering abuse at the hands of her crack-addict mother s boyfriend and being placed in foster care, teenager Vanessa Lutz steals a car and tries to reach her grandmother. When she breaks down on the freeway, a seemingly charming man stops to help her. However, Vanessa s rescuer is not all he seems to be....

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Markman
A classic modern interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood, Matthew Bright manages to both shock and charm by turns. Keifer Sutherland and Reese Witherspoon supply compelling performances as the teacher come serial killer and the not-so-innocent schoolgirl runaway. My only gripe is the sloppy manner the DVD was put together. No anamorphic widescreen picture - just a badly cropped regular cut. The soundtrack is generally flat and the sleeve notes can't even get the name of the serial killer right (calling him the I-10 killer rather than the I-5 killer - picky I know, but indicative of the lack of care which has gone into producing this disc). I'd give the film 5 stars quite happily, but not in this release format.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, excellent...and excellent 29 April 2006
By Oz
There is nothing bad about this movie at all. Not a damn thing. Witherspoon is amazing as the hardened 'red riding hood' Vanessa, escaping the Government child-support system that has treated her badly to go in search of her grandmother. Keifer Sutherland's calm, necrophile serial killer 'big bad wolf' Bob Wolverton is entertaining and believable. Also, Brittany Murphy as a slightly deranged lesbian that Vanessa meets in a youth prison was great fun to watch. The story is fast-paced, full of action and even more laughs but definitely not for the faint-hearted. Several scenes in which Vanessa is battling the evil Wolverton are graphic but fun. The humour is very dark but this movie is just so entertaining, I'd recommend it to just about everyone.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD GONE BAD 18 Jan 2001
This film is an adult spin on the Little Red Riding Hood tale and Reese witherspoon is excellent as our heroine(as are all the other characters). Reese's mother and stepfather end up in jail so off goes reese to her grandmothers, which is not as easy as it sounds!!! On her way she encounters some truly sick and twisted characters. This film is not for all tastes but if you like your films with plenty of violence,sex and anything else you may wish for then this is for you! I loved this film not only because of the violence and humour but because also everyone involved in making this film seemed %110 dedicated. Buy it but keep telling yourself its only a fairytale..its only a fairytale!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I absolutely loved this very, VERY dark and violent comedy, which by its general atmosphere and kind of humor reminded me strongly of "True Romance" and a little bit of "Pulp Fiction". Limited SPOILERS below.

This is the story of Vanessa Lutz (Reese Witherspoon), a 16 years old girl living with her mother (a crack addict and a prostitute) and her stepfather (a crack addict and petty thief). She is half-illiterate but very resourceful and street-wise. In the beginning of the film, after a particularly horrible day, she decides to run away and go live with her grandmother. But on the way she meets a certain Bob Wolverton (Kieffer Sutherland), a charming, gentle, helpful man, with a wide smile and really big teeth... What follows, is for you to discover, but let me tell you - you are in for a wild ride!

This film was made before Reese Witherspoon big break, so she really put everything she had or could borrow in her acting, and believe me, she is INCREDIBLE! Without the slightest doubt, this is her best role ever! Kieffer Sutherland is as good, even if his character is a little bit more typical and therefore more previsible. Brooke Shields plays a smaller but important role of Bob's wife. Amanda Plummer (famous for her role of Hunny Bunny in "Pulp Fiction") is absolutely amazing as Vanessa'a mum. And finally, there is Brittany Murphy, who plays a small role, but steals the show in every scene she appears in! Frankly, she completely impressed me in this film - it is such a pity that she left us so young...

The major strength of this film is in the incredible, clever, frequently funny and sometimes surrealistic dialogs, which bear strong resemblance to those from "True Romance" and sometimes also from "Pulp Fiction".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, disgusting and utterly wonderful. 25 Nov 2010
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Freeway is written and directed by Matthew Bright. It stars Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Dan Hedaya, Wolfgang Bodison, Brooke Shields & Brittany Murphy. Plot is darkly based around the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale and sees young runaway Vanessa Lutz (Witherspoon) hit the road after her parents are arrested. Setting off to visit her grandmother she agrees to a lift from the kind and well spoken Bob Wolverton (Sutherland), only to find that he's not as nice as she first thought. He in turn is in for a big surprise himself since Vanessa is more than capable of looking after herself.

Twisted and richly humorous, Matthew Bright's movie oozes originality and quite frankly deserves to be better appreciated: never mind better known! Going into it for a first time completely oblivious to its structure will arguably aid the experience. Suffice to say that the less known about it prior to viewing it the better. All I have to say is that it's violent, sweary and contains very sexually explicit dialogue, so if those things are likely to offend then perhaps stay away from it. But what if I offer up that those things are dealt with a satirical bent? That the tough scenes, and some of them are very tough, are basis to a caustic narrative about social hypocrisy and the often stupidity of the law? Interested? You should be, because once viewed you're unlikely to forget it. It's no surprise to see Oliver Stone's name etched onto the production credits, since this very much feels like a dirty second cousin to his Natural Born Killers. I'd argue that here we have the better acted film with Witherspoon and Sutherland giving virtuoso performances: with admirable support coming from the likes of Bodison, Shields and Murphy.

One of the most undervalued film's of the 90s? You bet it is! 8.5/10
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Published 1 month ago by Mr James Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it was fantastic I like this an lot
Published 1 month ago by Paul Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic stuff !!
Amazing film from start to finish , Reese Witherspoon is just out standing in one of her first roles , some on the lines she comes out with will make you wet your pants laughing !! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss D A Petherick
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this film
This is a great film and Keifer Sutherland is excellent as usual. Reese Witherspoon takes a great part serious but humerous at times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars FREEWAY -DVD
I havent seen this film in over ten years and even after all that time this movie just seemed to get better,the story line the actors ,what an amazing film I reckomend it to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by dantera von sour sevenfold
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I have loved this movie ever since it was released executive produced by Oliver Stone bought this as I have been going through a mid 90's direct to video reminiscence phase, very... Read more
Published 18 months ago by david ottley
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Reese
Reese Witherspoon portrays a young woman from socially deprived (and depraved) America; it is edgy and disturbing but ultimately gratifying. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2010 by Richy Rich
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
Freeway [1996] [DVD]

Sorry but this one was not for me, I did read reviews before I bought it, as usual because Michael T was in it, but he was in it for about five... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2010 by Janet Stuckey
5.0 out of 5 stars freeway
If you like your movies on the dark side you,ll love this ,its a modern take on Little red ridinghood.violent & twisted till the end.
Published on 11 Sep 2009 by G Trebilcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Messed up fairytale for generation X.
This highly twisted adaptation of "Little Red Riding Hood" will have somepeople switching off the DVD in disgust and the rest glued to the screenand loving every minute of it. Read more
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