Road Games

Road Games

Road Games

On a desolate highway, a truck driver (Stacy Keach) dukes it out with a serial killer in this 1981 cat-n-mouse thriller from Australian filmmaking legend Richard Franklin (Patrick). Co-stars Jamie Lee Curtis as the hitchhiker who gets wrapped up with the violent endeavour.

1981Rating: M101 minsAustralia
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The New York Times

The New York Times

Jamie Lee Curtis plays the jiggly hitchhiker he picks up, which is one reason he calls her Hitch. Another reason, according to a pretentious statement by the director, Richard Franklin, is to pay tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, who should be twirling.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

Suspenseful throughout most of its running time and exceedingly well shot, ROAD GAMES collapses at the end.

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Variety

Variety

An above-average suspenser concerning an offbeat truck driver who winds up stalking a murderer. Stacy Keach's characterization of the amusing, poetry-spouting man is particularly endearing but the film builds all too effectively to a rather disappointing climax.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Taut all the way through to its well-staged finale, it’s a superior genre import—and one that also features, in Quid’s silent travel partner Boswell, the finest big-screen performance ever by a dingo.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

One terrific moment in which Pat sees what he believes are the killer's shoes underneath a toilet stall door and berates him while Pamela climbs into the green van outside is reminiscent of another scene that arrived years later and was also labelled "Hitchcockian" – the footsteps down the hallway confrontation in the Coen brothers' No Country For Old Men.

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