1996   USA Freeway
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Director:Matthew Bright
Studio:Republic Pictures
Writer:Matthew Bright
IMDb Rating:6.8 (15,279 votes)
Awards:6 wins & 3 nominations
Genre:Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Duration:102 min
Matthew Bright  ...  (Director)
Matthew Bright  ...  (Writer)
Kiefer Sutherland  ...  Bob Wolverton
Reese Witherspoon  ...  Vanessa Lutz
Wolfgang Bodison  ...  Detective Mike Breer
Dan Hedaya  ...  Detective Garnet Wallace
Amanda Plummer  ...  Ramona Lutz
Brooke Shields  ...  Mimi Wolverton
Michael T. Weiss  ...  Larry
Bokeem Woodbine  ...  Chopper Wood
Guillermo Díaz  ...  Flacco
Brittany Murphy  ...  Rhonda
Alanna Ubach  ...  Mesquita
Susan Barnes  ...  Mrs. Cullins
Conchata Ferrell  ...  Mrs. Sheets
Tara Subkoff  ...  Sharon
Julie Araskog  ...  Prosecutor
Paul Perri  ...  Cop #1
Robert Peters  ...  Cop #2
Ben Meyerson  ...  Cop at Truckstop
Craig Barnett  ...  Cop #3
G. Eric Miles  ...  Cop #4
Chris Renna  ...  Doctor
Kathleen Marshall  ...  ER Nurse
Melinda Renna  ...  Female Anchor
Kitty Fox  ...  Naomi Frohlegger - Grandma
John Thomas  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: Her life is no fairytale.

Summary: Freeway is one of those movies that has the power to simultaneously amaze and disgust just about anyone who dares to view it. Like Seven, Kalifornia, and Natural Born Killers, it's a movie that could be called a product of our times, since it caters to our societal fascination with serial killers and outrageous psychopathic behavior. But make no mistake: director Matthew Bright isn't out to feed anyone's sickest impulse. This is a scathing satire in the age of Jerry Springer fistfights and "real" TV shows like Cops, in which the "I-5 Killer" (Kiefer Sutherland) meets a wayward teenager (Reese Witherspoon) on the freeway that provides his nickname. She confides in the man but soon discovers his gruesome intentions, and ... well, let's just say she effectively defends herself, only to find later that the killer (whose wife is played by Brooke Shields, no less!) has used the media to his advantage. Fine performances make this a provocative thriller, but it's definitely not for the innocent or squeamish. --Jeff Shannon

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