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Joy Ride (2001)

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Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.

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John Dahl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Zahn ... Fuller
Paul Walker ... Lewis
Leelee Sobieski ... Venna
Jessica Bowman ... Charlotte
Stuart Stone ... Danny (Lewis's Roommate)
Basil Wallace ... Car Salesman
Brian Leckner ... Officer Keeney
Mary Wickliffe ... Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
McKenzie Satterthwaite McKenzie Satterthwaite ... Asst. Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
Dell Yount ... Gas Station Mechanic
Kenneth White Kenneth White ... Ronald Ellinghouse
Luis Cortés Luis Cortés ... Night Manager (as Luis Cortes)
Michael McCleery ... Officer Akins
Jim Beaver ... Sheriff Ritter
Rachel Singer ... Gas Station Manager
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Storyline

College student Lewis decides to drive across the country to see Venna, a friend who doesn't know that Lewis is interested in her romantically. Unfortunately for his plans, Lewis gets saddled with his raucous-spirited older brother, Fuller, whose on-the-road pranks get the brothers and Venna sucked into a nightmare when a psychotic truckdriver takes offense. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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This fall, everything you say will come back to haunt you. Everything you see will terrify you. And everything you hear will drive you over the edge. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/terror and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Candy Cane See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,347,259, 7 October 2001

Gross USA:

$21,974,919

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,642,838
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Mr. Jones' truck is a 1973 International Harvester Cargostar. See more »

Goofs

[30:22] Fuller tells Lewis that he could have been thrown back in jail for what they did. There's nothing illegal about they did. See more »

Quotes

Fuller Thomas: Hey, you came all the way to Salt Lake for me?
Lewis Thomas: Well, you are technically still my brother.
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Alternate Versions

Deleted scene After 'Rusty Nail' drives away in his truck after almost crushing Lewis and Fuller in their car, the two look at each other, and begin to laugh timidly. Then Fuller, slowly steps out of the car and screams at the top of his lungs. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Making of 'Joy Ride' (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

When I Get Home
Written by Joe Reineke
Performed by Alien Crime Syndicate
Courtesy of Lakeshore Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Sometimes, the Earth changes directions and I like a film such as this
26 May 2002 | by Agent10See all my reviews

This turned out to be one the few movies I liked that was geared toward a teen audience. Steve Zahn and Paul Walker weren't natural in the roles as brothers, which embodied the very nature of their relationship. While the story became rather convoluted near the end, Rusty Nail's voice and detached presence brought some actual fear to the heart of the viewer. While the sound editing made this film, the relatively simple yet complex plot really turned this film into a satisfying movie experience.


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