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Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)

PG | | Action, Comedy | 21 August 1981 (USA)
Ticlaw, a small town in Florida, has only one attraction: a safari park. The government constructs a freeway that passes near Ticlaw, but decides not to put an exit into the town. The ... See full summary »

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John Schlesinger

Writer:

Edward Clinton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Rasche ... Eddie White
Paul Jabara Paul Jabara ... T.J. Tupus
Howard Hesseman ... Snapper
Teri Garr ... Ericka
Jenn Thompson Jenn Thompson ... Delia
Peter Billingsley ... Little Billy
Beau Bridges ... Duane Hansen
Beverly D'Angelo ... Carmen Odessa Shelby
Daniel Stern ... Hitchhiker
Sandra McCabe Sandra McCabe ... Prostitute
Celia Weston ... Grace
Deborah Rush ... Sister Mary Magdalene
Geraldine Page ... Sister Mary Clarise
George Dzundza ... Eugene
Joe Grifasi ... Osvaldo
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Storyline

Ticlaw, a small town in Florida, has only one attraction: a safari park. The government constructs a freeway that passes near Ticlaw, but decides not to put an exit into the town. The people of Ticlaw, led by its Mayor, will do anything in order to convince the governor to alter the project. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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PROMISES ARE MADE IN HEAVEN - But carried out on Earth See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Da steht der ganze Freeway Kopf See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$939,423, 23 August 1981

Gross USA:

$2,004,742
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Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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According to Pulse the Magazine, "the film had been fraught with problems, from a disjointed script to its title - and marketing that implied it was just '...another car crash comedy romp'. This was compounded by the producers' decision to sell the video rights before Universal Pictures agreed to release the film. Angered by this, Universal minimized their marketing support and limited the number of theaters in which the film was shown. Withdrawn from theaters just a week after its release, the movie disappeared". See more »

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Carmen Odessa Shelby: The International House of Pancakes is the one consistent thing in my life.
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Great slapstick at freeway speeds with original lines and honky tonk action, if seemingly a bit disjointed at times.
8 October 2005 | by xj40jeffSee all my reviews

VERY memorable comedy. It's fun to watch the many situations develop and finally converge after a long journey on that greatest collection of eclectic humanity (and the world's largest honky-tonk) - the great American Freeway. Like "...mad, mad world" it's got loads of contemporary talent, old-boy politics, good comedic action and dialog. Unlike that one it is the target that seeks, not the unwitting seekers - they have no idea what they really want as they drift along America's great road. Nor does it carry the weight of having a great fall guy who is saved only in the end by a great belly-laugh. But the ending stunt sequence is nothing short of spectacular with excellent film editing, humor and timing, and the big city bank scene is hilarious with very original acting by one very talented character in particular. The total aplomb of the city dwellers in the face of chaos leaves one feeling like the proverbial fly on the ceiling. The slapstick is funny, but Honky Tonk Freeway deserves to be heard and seen closely because it is surprisingly loaded with nuance and character reactions that are easily missed. All in all a very funny reflection of who we were and are, good or bad, and the goofy situations we find ourselves in. It was just meant to be FUNNY and it is!


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