July 10th 2008 01:14
Pat Quid (Keach) is an independent truckie with a rig full of pork on his way to Perth. His companion is a dingo called Boswell (real name revealed in the end credits as Killer). Pat’s not your typical truckie (“Just because I drive a truck doesn’t make me a truck driver”), he quotes poetry, plays the banjo and harmonica, and, since he doesn’t pop the usual pills to keep him awake on the long hauls he invents invigorating mind games to pass the time, such as making up backgrounds histories of the funny folk that pass him on the lonely stretches of highway, or having philosophical (one-way) conversations with Boswell.
Stacey Keach as Pat Quid
Jamie Lee Curtis as Hitch
Killer as Boswell
For a movie about a nasty serial killer Roadgames isn’t graphic at all, what violence there is happens off-screen, apart from a scuffle at film’s end. However director Franklin skillfully ratchets up the suspense and suggests brutal violence could erupt on several occasions. His use of Hitchcockian visual motifs (mistaken identities, hallucination, juxtaposing comedy against jeopardy) makes a lot of sense when you know Franklin was a huge fan of Hitchcock.
Here's the American trailer:
Roadgames DVD couresty of Umbrella Entertainment, many thanks!
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