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Joyride (1977)

Three teenagers leave Los Angeles and drive north to Alaska, wind up robbing a pipeline and taking one of the employees hostage.

Director:

Joseph Ruben
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Desi Arnaz Jr. ... Scott
Robert Carradine ... John
Melanie Griffith ... Susie
Anne Lockhart ... Cindy Young
Tom Ligon ... Sanders
Cliff Lenz Cliff Lenz ... Henderson
Robert Loper Robert Loper ... Simon Williams
Diana Grayf Diana Grayf ... Rhonda
Diane O'Mack Diane O'Mack ... Debbie
Susan Ludlow Susan Ludlow ... Personnel Lady
Ted D'Arms Ted D'Arms ... Site Manager
Gail Rosella Gail Rosella ... Cashier
Richard Mazzola Richard Mazzola ... Car Salesman
Michael O'Neill Michael O'Neill ... Henderson's Assistant
Duncan Maclean Duncan Maclean ... Diner Owner
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Storyline

Three teenagers leave Los Angeles and drive north to Alaska, wind up robbing a pipeline and taking one of the employees hostage.

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They're Burning Up The Blacktop! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ge järnet - vi drar See more »

Filming Locations:

Granite Falls, Washington, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Joyride Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All 4 main actors are children of famous parents. Anne Lockhart - June Lockhart, Desi Arnaz Jr. - Desi Arnaz & Lucille Ball, Robert Carradine - John Carradine, Melanie Griffith - Tippi Hedren. See more »

Goofs

The surveillance camera in the pawn shop is in the upper corner of the room yet the still shot of John distributed to law enforcement is shot from waist level. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original Film Soundtrack by the Electric Light Orchestra has been removed and replaced by unnamed studio musicians in the videocassette versions. See more »

Soundtracks

Telephone Line
Written by Jeff Lynne
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
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Free-Spirited Adventure
3 January 2011 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Two guys and a girl, all apparently in their early twenties, leave their dreary jobs in the lower forty-eight and head north to Alaska in their hearse, in search of adventure and freedom from "the system". It's a weak script. The main characters are shallow and rather generic. We never learn enough about their back-stories to empathize with them.

The plot trends repetitive and aimless. Some of the sex scenes seem gratuitous, and included to extend the runtime. I couldn't find much of a theme, apart from the obvious idea that youthful dreams, sans pragmatism, lead nowhere but to disappointment. Much of the script's dialogue is too on-the-nose.

Color cinematography is conventional. There's a tendency toward dull, grayish, dreary visuals, which is fine, given the geographic setting. Casting is acceptable, except for Melanie Griffith, whose childish face and extremely weak voice seem out of place. Overall acting is below average. Probably the best element is the music of Electric Light Orchestra.

"Joyride" looks and feels very much like a 1970s film, with its emphasis on free-spirited youth and cheap visuals. It's not an awful film. It's just that the story lacks substance.


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