Review: ‘Road Games’

Road Games is 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.

Road Games is 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.

Keach limns an independent trucker in Melbourne assigned to deliver a major shipment of pork to Perth. Amid cracking jokes, concocting stories about the inhabitants of passing cars and fantasizing about pretty girls (all to the deadpan of his pet dog), he becomes suspicious of the driver of a green van.

Through a series of clues he begins to realize the guy is actually a killer of young women the police have been looking for. Neither the police nor anyone else will listen to Keach so he eventually decides to get the guy himself.

Jamie Lee Curtis appears midway through as an heiress hitchhiker who befriends Keach while looking for some diversion from everyday life.

Road Games

Australia

Production

Quest. Director Richard Franklin; Producer Richard Franklin; Screenplay Everett DeRoche; Camera Vincent Monton; Editor Edward McQueen-Mason; Music Brian May; Art Director Jon Dowding

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1981. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Stacy Keach Jamie Lee Curtis Marion Edward Grant Page Bill Stacey
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