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Far from Home (1989)

A teenage girl and her father driving cross-country become stranded when their car runs out of gas in a remote Nevada desert town and they're forced to stay in a dilapidated trailer park where a serial killer lurks.

Director:

Meiert Avis

Writers:

Theodore Gershuny (story) (as Ted Gershuny), Tommy Lee Wallace (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Matt Frewer ... Charlie Cox
Drew Barrymore ... Joleen Cox
Richard Masur ... Duckett
Karen Austin ... Louise
Susan Tyrrell ... Agnes Reed
Andras Jones ... Jimmy Reed
Dick Miller ... Sheriff Bill Childers
Anthony Rapp ... Pinky Sears
Connie Sawyer ... Viney Hunt
Jennifer Tilly ... Amy
Stephanie Walski Stephanie Walski ... Sissy Reed
Murrill Maglio Murrill Maglio ... Man in Trailer
Teri Weigel ... Woman in Trailer
John Spencer ... TV Preacher
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Storyline

Charlie Cox is a divorced writer who lives in Los Angeles. Charlie and his daughter Joleen are on their way home from a cross country vacation when they run out of gas in Banco, Nevada; a small town located in a remote part of the desert. It's one day before Jolene's 14th birthday. Charlie and Joleen check a nearby gas station owned by a Vietnam war veteran named Duckett, but Duckett doesn't have any gas, so they head to the local supermarket to find a phone. Sheriff Bill Childers is in the store and he advises them to go to the trailer park to ask for gas. Joleen spots the body of the store's owner, Ferrell Hogus, in a pool of blood. The Sheriff states that the murderer is most likely a drifter. The man and daughter check into the nearby Palomino Guest Ranch and Trailer Park, which is owned by a hostile woman named Agnes Reed. Whilst her father uses the phone, Joleen speaks to Agnes's rebellious teenage son, Jimmy Reed, who she briefly came into contact with earlier at the gas ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Growing up can be murder. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apoplanisi kai viasmos See more »

Filming Locations:

Carson City, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,763, 4 June 1989

Gross USA:

$11,859

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,859
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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The watches Joleen wears are SWATCH brand watches. And it was the style at the time to wear more than one. See more »

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A safety harness is visible when Pinky is chasing Joleen up the ladder of the microwave relay tower and the mechanism it is attached to is rolling up the front of the ladder with her. See more »

Quotes

Pinky Sears: [Last distraught lines] I thought you loved me?
[gets shot in the thigh causing him to lose his balance]
Pinky Sears: ... Bye.
Joleen Cox: [screams as Pinky falls onto an antenna impaling him] NO!
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decent low budget thriller
28 November 1999 | by mcfly-31See all my reviews

Im only one year younger than Drew Barrymore and if teenage boys are anything like I was a few years ago then she will certainly catch eyes with this flick. Though only 14 here, she sports the body of a 20 year old, which is clearly visible in her bathing suit and wet t-shirt scenes, but there is a plot here, too. Shes traveling with her dad through an extremely baron portion of Arizona with no gas left. They stop in some crapola trailer park and take a rental from the trashy Tyrell, in a perfectly grungy performance. Some mini mart dudes been killed, and during the next day and night we get POV (point of view) shots of the killer as he offs residents of the small area. We get some decent mystery of who it might be, though some may solve it quicker than others. The cast is also suprisingly good for a low grade pic, with Drew, Frewer, Tilly, and Masur. Rapp is thrown in as a nerdy crush, with Jones the bad boy who lusts for Drew. And some great middle of nowhere atmosphere, as the desolation is nicely photographed. Dust swirls and tons of empty surrounding land are a good touch. But mostly on display here is Drew, and those of the male persuasion shouldnt be disappointed.


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