|ROAD GAMES (director: Richard Franklin; screenwriter: story and screenplay by Everett De Roche; cinematographer: Vincent Monton; editor: Edward McQueen-Mason; music: Brian May; cast: Stacy Keach (Patrick Quid), Jamie Lee Curtis (Hitch/Pamela Rushworth), Marion Edward (Frita Frugal/Madeline ‘Sunny’ Day), Grant Page (Smith or Jones) ; Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Richard Franklin; AVCO Embassy (Quest); 1981-Australia)|
radar Hitchcock influenced
thriller is a road version of Rear
by Dennis Schwartz
Under the radar Hitchcock
influenced thriller is a road version of Rear
Window. It's ably produced and directed by Aussie
filmmaker Richard Franklin ("Visitors"/"Brilliant
Lies"/"Cloak and Dagger") and expertly written by Everett De Roche, who bases
it on his own story.
poetry spouting, and chatty Melbourne
independent truck driver Stacy Keach,
accompanied by his pet dog, is on the road to Perth to
deliver pork. The trucker, believing he sees the
driver of a green van burying a body by the side of
the road on the Outback, grows suspicious that the
driver is the serial killer of female hitch-hikers,
someone the police are looking for. When he reports
this info to the police, he's rebuffed and becomes a
suspect. With that, the obsessive trucker, who talks
to himself when behind the wheel, goes after his
suspect by himself.
Lee Curtis plays an heiress hitch-hiker, who is
befriended when picked up by Keach. She is later
kidnapped by the killer.
pic features two superior car chases. But the film
falters when it goes on for too long without action,
relying just a blend of suspense and comedy, and its
conclusion is rather disappointing.
REVIEWED ON 9/5/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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