Highway 61

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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. Rockers Jello Biafra and Tav Falco make cameos.


Don McKellar
as Pokey Jones
Valerie Buhagiar
as Jackie Banks
Earl Pastko
as Mr. Skin/Satan
Peter Breck
as Mr. Watson
Dog: Sweety
as Iggy Pup
Jello Biafra
as 1st Customs Agent
Hadley Obodiac
as 2nd Customs Agent
Tav Falco
as Motorcycle Gang Leader
Namir Khan
as Funeral Director
Steve Fall
as Jeffrey--The Corpse
Larry Hudson
as Nathan/Manservant
Elizabeth Pritchard
as Louise Watson
Chantal Ettles
as Missie Watson
Alithea Watters
as Minnie Watson
Brooks Rapley
as Mother's Little Helper
Ann Shipman
as Pickerel Falls Reporter
Michael Vendruscolo
as Pickerel Falls Photographer
David McFarlane
as Satan's Neighbor
Peter Lynch
as Bingo Angry Man
Alma Doyle
as Bingo Angry Woman
Caroline Gillis
as Bingo Attendant
Ray Gabourie
as Bingo Caller
Jimmy Watson
as Highway Panhandler
Willie Selkirk
as Motel Clerk
Robert Theodore
as Rock Band Manager
Kevin Carlisle
as 1st Rock Band Member
Charlie Azzopardi
as 2nd Rock Band Member
Jimmy Lynch
as 3rd Rock Band Member
Ken Sinclair
as 4th Rock Band Member
Lad Shaga
as Gun Dealer
Clarence Haynes
as Motel Meat Eater
E.G. Daniels
as Motel Vegetarian
Jay Patterson
as Bus Driver
Jay Pattison
as Bus Driver
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Critic Reviews for Highway 61

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Audience Reviews for Highway 61

  • Apr 24, 2014
    Bruce McDonald makes a minor classic helped by the unforgettable McKellar and Buhagiar who meet the most bizarre people in a voyage down a highway and through musical history.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 12, 2010
    Another sign that Bruce MacDonalds Canada's best director.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2009
    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 L Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2007
    Culty low-budget canadian indie was pretty good. Alot of it was shot near my hometown as well.
    Wu C Super Reviewer

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