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Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)





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In this involved send-up of two American icons -- the automobile and the tourist trap -- the tiny Florida town of Ticlaw strives desperately for success after it has been denied the most essential of all tourist amenities -- a freeway exit. The insane, and mostly successful, schemes of the mayor (William Devane) and other distinctly unbalanced citizens interrupt, often hilariously, the lives of various eccentric travellers forced into a place they never intended to be. Critics disagree violently on whether this is a neglected classic or sophomoric nonsense. The winning record of director (John Schlesinger) (Midnight Cowboy, Marathon Man, Cold Comfort Farm, etc.,) and first-class performances by William Devane, Beau Bridges, Beverly D'Angelo, Hume Cronyn, JessicaTandy and a plethora of great character actors -- not to mention the water-skiing elephant and the wild rhino -- argue that it's worth a look.

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Beau Bridges
as Duane Hansen
Beverly D'Angelo
as Carmen Odessa Shelby
William Devane
as Mayor Kirby T. Calo
Teri Garr
as Ericka
Joe Grifasi
as Osvaldo
Paul Jabara
as T.J. Tupus
Geraldine Page
as Sister Mary Clarise
Frances Lee McCain
as Claire Calo
Deborah Rush
as Sister Mary Magdalen
Alice Beardsley
as Betty Boo Radley
Daniel Stern
as Hitchhiker
David Rasche
as Eddie White
Sandra McCabe
as Prostitute
Renny Roker
as Sheriff
Peter Billingsley
as Little Billy
Jerry Hardin
as Governor
John Ashton
as Otto Kemper
John C. Becher
as Brandon C. Dasher
Loretta Tupper
as Miss Barbutti
Frances Bay
as Mrs. Lewenowski
Rollin Moriyama
as Mr. Naguki
Kimiko Hiroshige
as Mrs. Naguki
James Staley
as Governor's Assistant
Shelly Batt
as Charlotte
Jason Keller
as Denny Hansen
Shane Keller
as Jim Hansen
Kelly Lange
as Herself
Kent Williams
as Kelly's Guest
Nancy Parsons
as Alice the Teller
Jessica Rains
as Mary the Teller
Ann Risley
as Actress in Bank
Helen Hanft
as Bag Lady
Don Morgan
as Jeep Guy
Paul Keenan
as Jeep Guy
Randy Norton
as Jeep Guy
Al Corley
as Car Thief
Murphy Dunne
as Car Thief
Leo Burmester
as Mortuary Director
Jeffrey Combs
as Drive-In Teller
Jack Murdock
as Rhino Wrangler
Ann Coleman
as Computer Hotel Clerk
Jack Thibeau
as Conventioneer
Martha Gehman
as Hitchhiker
George Solomon
as Turkey House Waitress
Dick Christie
as Auto Mechanic
Anita Dangler
as Saleslady
Mags Kavanaugh
as Salesgirl
Gloria Le Roy
as Fish Restaurant Waitress
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The best part was the story about Ricky the Diving Pony as told to Japanese children. They misunderstood and became afraid that Lickey was gonna get 'em! I guess The Big Bus should have stopped by and blown up. I'll review that one too.

D Garce
D Garce

John Schlesinger has directed some great films over his distinguished career. "The Falcon and the Snowman", "Midnight Cowboy", "Marathon Man". What drew him to an early 80's drive-in flick like "Honky Tonk Freeway" is a mystery that maybe only the man himself would be able to solve. I can't argue that there is a gem of a good idea here, but the vast majority of this is filler material. It spends most of the movie on a vast array of supporting characters that sort of reminded me of an Irwin Allen disaster picture. There are some good actors here, and some laughs along the way, but the whole thing just feels like an exercise in excess. Why couldn't it just be about this small town in Florida fighting the system to get an off-ramp? I don't know. Every other thing in this picture is kind of unnecessary, despite the smattering of good moments along the way. Beau Bridges has some funny moments here as quite possibly the worst children's author ever, and the couple of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy are also fun in their roles. However, another thing that concerned me is that for a "PG" rated flick there are a lot of unsavory moments in this. David Rasche plays a pimp who apparently converts waitresses into prostitutes and Daniel Stern peddles cocaine throughout the whole thing. That kind of stuff just doesn't fit in well with the tone of the rest of the movie. I did kind of like some of the hokey country songs, however. It's weird but true, but they sort of fit in with the weirdness that is "Honky Tonk Freeway". You have to wonder just what the point of it all is.

Timothy Sanders
Timothy Sanders

Very different, but was funny. I like this movie. I will not buy it, but its something to watch one tv.

Ms. Southern Lady
Ms. Southern Lady

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