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Road Games [DVD] [1982] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Stacy Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marion Edward, Grant Page, Thaddeus Smith
  • Directors: Richard Franklin
  • Writers: Richard Franklin, Everett De Roche
  • Producers: Richard Franklin, Barbi Taylor, Bernard Schwartz
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000844JR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,194 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Stacy Keach is Pat Quid, a lone trucker who plays games to keep his sanity on long hauls through the desolate Outback. Jamie Lee Curtis is a free-spirited hitchhiker looking for excitement with a game of her own. And somewhere up ahead is a maniac in a van whose game may be butchering young women along the highway. But when the killer decides to raise the stakes, Quidâ€TMs game becomes personal…and the rules of this road are about to take some very deadly turns. Director Richard Franklin (PSYCHO II, LINK) packs plenty of Hitchcock-like twists and suspense into this sly shocker that was nominated for four Australian Film Institute Awards and remains one of the most surprising thrillers of the ‘80s.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Swan VINE VOICE on 14 Feb 2006
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Stacy Keach takes the lead as an american working, with his dingo on the big rigs in Australia, the plot revolves around Keach's encounters with a van driver following the same route across the outback. Throw in several murders of pretty female hitchhikers and it slowly becomes obvious to you and Keech that this van driver is the culprit. Jamie Lee Curtis joins Keach on his adventure as a runaway heiress Hitchhiker and is as charming as ever.
Keach has always been a fine actor, better than people give him credit for and with the help of an excellent script he makes a believable lead, theres no point in the film that any of the actors do or say anything that a real person wouldn't do or say in that self same situation. All in all this is a lovely little Ozzy film, full of the kind of little touches that can make an average film into an excellent film, even the moments with just Keach driving through the deserts of Australia that could be just blank moments he keeps the interest up with his constant dialog with his pet Dingo.
Give road games a chance, you won't regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Birrell on 3 Sep 2009
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ROAD GAMES is a very entertaining Australian thriller from the always interesting director, the late Richard Franklin. It is basically a Hitchcock homage and has a nice light tone to go with the suspenseful situations. Lots of good lighting and interesting camera angles as well - As good as any of the early thrillers from John Carpenter and Brian DePalma. The Anchor Bay US disc quality is excellent and features include a good documentary and a very interesting commentary from the director. Very recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Sep 2008
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"I'm not fond of bloodletting on screen unless it has a real purpose," says the director of Road Games, Richard Franklin. "I'd much rather imply something. I liked the idea of the meat going to the supermarket and being sold with the possibility that two of the pieces of meat might have been long pig."

Road Games is a fine movie, a clever and often amusing film packed with creepy suspense and the possibility of unpleasantness just beyond our field of vision. It was sold as something it wasn't, a simple-minded slasher movie, and it never found its right audience. "I'm really quite proud of Road Games," says Franklin. "I think the film works very well as what Hitchcock would have referred to as a `soufflé.' He called North by Northwest a soufflé. Road Games is full of air but I think it rises very nicely and I'm very happy with it."

Think of Rear Window on wheels, something Franklin points out to us. Pat Quid (Stacy Keach) drives a huge, 22-wheel long-haul refrigerator truck ("Just because I drive a truck doesn't make me a truck driver."). He's a smart guy with a big imagination...talks a lot, usually to himself...has a part-Dingo dog named Boswell as a companion. He speculates about the people he encounters on the road. He's just picked up a load of 30 butchered hog sides in Adelaide to be delivered to Perth. It's going to be a long, straight, lonely haul across the desolate Nullarbor Plain. And then he notices for a second time a green van that was parked at a motel where he stopped over night in Adelaide before loading the hogs. He saw the man earlier pick up a hitchhiker. The next morning Boswell intensely investigated a couple of overstuffed bags set out on the street for trash pickup.

For most of the movie Pat keeps encountering this green van.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A very suspenseful vehicular stalker movie 8 Feb 2004
By cookieman108 - Published on
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You know, the phrase `this movie will have you sitting on the edge of your seat' gets thrown around a lot to the point of being cliché, but it really does seem to apply to this movie. Not in the literal sense, mind you, as I was lying down when I saw it, but figuratively speaking, that is, unless you are prone to sitting on the edge of your seat anyway in which case forget what I just said and move on. (seems like a dumb place to sit anyway...I mean, aren't you just asking for trouble?) Road Games, released in 1981 and directed by Australian born director Franklin Richards and starring Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis, is an excellent little movie I had heard absolutely nothing about until it was recommended to me on this website.

The story follows an American truck driver working in Australia, hire to drive a load of slaughtered hogs from Melbourne to Perth across a desolate stretch of highway. Stacy Keach plays Quid, an intelligent, self-educated man who is keenly observant of his surroundings, trading quips with his companion, a pet dingo that travels with Quid in his cab. Seems there's a serial killer stalking female victims, and Quid begins to suspect a green van he's seen on the roadways. Soon Quid picks up Hitch (Jamie Lee Curtis), and things begin to unravel at an alarming pace. Quid quickly finds himself a suspect, set up by the real killer, in the spate of grisly murders, and must not only clear his name, but also save his own life, as the mysterious stranger in the green van soon goes from being pursued to being the pursuer with the backdrop being some really beautiful wide-open Australian scenery.

Think this sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock movie? Well, that's exactly what the director was going for and he achieved his goal very nicely. He manages to build the suspense and maintain it throughout the movie, driving it to one of the more exciting conclusions within a film I've seen in a long time. Another nice touch is the way he directly avoids showing the violently visceral aspects of the killer's crimes, only alluding to them. There are many wonderfully, slyly humorous moments littered throughout the film as the director gradually tightens the screws on the viewers. I found the scene with Quid and Hitch at the rest stop/gas station especially grueling.

Along with a beautiful, wide screen presentation, Anchor Bay provides a number of interesting features including an audio commentary by producer/director Richard Franklin, a 20 minute featurette with the director and actor Stacy Keach, a trailer, talent bios, original storyboards, a poster and still gallery, a wonderful five page insert on the movie, and even the original screenplay available on DVD-ROM. If you enjoy thoughtful, well-directed thrillers chocked full of suspense and a minimal amount of violence, then see this movie. It'll be worth your time. If you like this one, I might suggest Duel (1971), Breakdown (1997), or Joyride (2001).

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Nice little masterpiece 9 May 2005
By Daniel James Macdonald - Published on
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This is one of those movies that gets sorely overlooked because it doesn't pander to the slasher & gore genre ,in true classic horror movie fashion it let's your own imagination do most of the work.You get drawn into the characters because they never seem pretentious or one dimensional ,this is also very much in the Hitchcok vein, so if you are looking for something a little different w/thought instead of gore this is the ticket.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
One more Jamie Lee Curtis horror flick makes it to DVD! 15 April 2005
By Daniel W. Kelly - Published on
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oOkay, this isn't so much horror as super suspense. Jamie Lee doesn't even appear in the first half of the movie. Stacy Keach spends the time driving across country trying to get away from some unseen psycho in a truck. But after he picks up Jamie Lee, you really feel like you've entered a classic Jamie Lee slasher flick!

This movie is a must for Slasher/Scream Queen fanatics.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Clever and intriguing 11 April 2005
By William - Published on
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A movie that is highly watchable and a pleasure to see again after all these years. Stacy Keach stars as a truck driver who notices the behaviour of a driver in a green van. Everywhere Stacy goes, the man is close by committing a crime - or is he? Very hitchock in style, the movie keeps you guessing as to what is really going on. Director Richard Franklin makes no apologies for his love of Hitchcock's work, and while this film is largely unknown, it is worth your time just to see how a great director works. Back when this was made, there was much controversy over the use of two american actors for a film set in Australia. However, to finance it back then, it required big names. Unfortunately, it didn't help win the film an audience back in 1981 which surprises me because it really is very good. I assume appropriate marketing of the film was not undertaken.

Road Games has a genuine eeeery feeling to it. If you enjoy watching films with clever direction then check out this film. It is not a horror film as some reviewers have stated, it is more a suspense thriller - A BIG DIFFERENCE!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It's like Hitchcock's Rear Window. . . with cars! 26 May 2009
By "Eric the Well-Read" - Published on
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I caught this movie on TV many years ago & thought it was terrific, due largely to a great performance by Stacy Keach as eccentric yet likable "truck driver" Quid ("Just because I happen to drive a truck, that does not make me a TRUCK DRIVER"). His rambling monologues, musings, and witty observations about his fellow motorists add humor, and the chemistry between him and Jamie Lee Curtis seems genuine and not at all forced. Curtis is equally charming (not to mention absolutely stunning), so much so that you wish she had more screen time. The plot is pure Hitchcock as Quid suspects the mysterious driver of a green van to be the culprit behind a string of Jack-the-Ripper-style killings along the highways and byways of Australia. Unfortunately, the more Quid tries to untangle the mystery, the more entangled he becomes as other motorists, and eventually the police, begin suspecting HIM of being killer. This is low-budget suspense at it's very best, and I'm so glad it made the technological jump onto DVD (it even comes with a 6-page booklet containing a mini-essay from someone who seems to think just as highly of this movie as I do). Highly recommended!!! Buy it along with Duel and Rear Window. You won't regret it.
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