Highway 61 (1992)




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Highway 61 is an offbeat, comedic road movie about a small-town Canadian barber (Don McKellar) who finds a dead body. When a woman claiming to be the corpse's roadie sister (Valerie Buhagiar), arrives in town, he agrees to drive her and the body from Ontario to New Orleans, following Highway 61 over the entire journey. Along the way, they meet several odd characters. Though the story is poorly-paced, it has enough off-center humor and the performances are engaging enough to make it worthwhile. … More

Rating: R (for language and a scene of sensuality)
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Allan Magee, Don McKellar, Bruce McDonald
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 20, 2007
Skouras Pictures Inc



as Pokey Jones

as Jackie Banks

as Mr. Skin/Satan

as Mr. Watson

as Iggy Pup

as 1st Customs Agent

as 2nd Customs Agent

as Motorcycle Gang Lead...

as Funeral Director

as Jeffrey--The Corpse

as Nathan/Manservant

as Louise Watson

as Missie Watson

as Minnie Watson

as Mother's Little Help...

as Pickerel Falls Repor...

as Pickerel Falls Photo...

as Satan's Neighbor

as Bingo Angry Man

as Bingo Angry Woman

as Bingo Attendant

as Bingo Caller

as Highway Panhandler

as Motel Clerk

as Rock Band Manager

as 1st Rock Band Member

as 2nd Rock Band Member

as 3rd Rock Band Member

as 4th Rock Band Member

as Gun Dealer

as Motel Meat Eater

as Motel Vegetarian

as Bus Driver

as Bus Driver
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Critic Reviews for Highway 61

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A diverting episodic look at some eccentric characters on Bob Dylan's Highway 61.

Full Review… | August 14, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

June 17, 2005

July 30, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Highway 61

When I was a kid, maybe about 10, I had a strange personal experience when - along with my parents and my five-years-younger sister - I saw this movie at the long-since-closed New Yorker Cinema, in London, Ontario, after my parents won four tickets by calling in to the radio station. What I remember is just an uncomfortable feeling: between the gritty urban opening, in which the heroine rips off a Toronto rock band for drug money then buses to the end of the line Northern Ontario, and our dippy hero's discovery of what's called a Rock Star Death in such remote small towns, (a twenty-something dude dead on the ground one morning, from drugs or booze), the premise was a little over my head... And the ensuing lie that she tells - that the stiff was her brother - to get our hero, a lonely and innocent barber, to drive her to New Orleans, not to mention the sex-in-a-graveyard scene, with a guy who seems to be the devil on their tail the whole time.

Q: So what did I see this viewing that I didn't last time?

A: Everything that requires a sense of irony.

The film is, in many ways, a punk rock satire, and though it is Canadian, it gives Bruce McDonald a chance to riff on America, as particularly shown in the only other part I remembered, the encounter with a man whose three daughters are in a going-nowhere family band, all of them named after states (Louise, for Louisiana; Minnie, for Minnesota; and Missie, for Mississippi).

Religion is McDonald's primary target here, but money and guns also get their share of scorn, and though there are quite a few good laughs, you'll feel uncomfortable enjoying them. In the end what you get is a film that's dark and desperate and that suffers only slightly from a small budget and immature dialogue... not to mention the meet-up with the old friends in New Orleans, where - like the acid trip in Hard Core Logo - the whole thing goes off the rails for a while. Warts and all, though, It's a Canadian classic, and I'm really glad I re-watched it when I was old enough to understand it: one less thing to tell my therapist about, now...

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


This is a strange movie. A nerdy barber (Pokey) lands up on a road trip from Ontario to New Orleans with a corpse and worldly singer (Jackie) who convinced him to make the trip. All sorts of interesting and strange things happen along the way - visiting Bob Dillon's childhood home, meeting Jackie's former band mates, having a disagreement with Satan, etc. It's a great film.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


This movie is wacky. I don't know what else to say about it. It's really funny, and there's a guy in it who may or may not be the Devil, and it's also a road movie of some sort, and there are metalheads that hunt chickens indoors with handguns. I did mention that it was really funny, right?

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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