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Road Games is a 1981 Australian remake of Duel, directed by Richard Franklin.

Trucker Pat Quid (Stacy Keach) is pursued by a green van driven by a serial killer called Smith or Jones (Grant Page).

This film provides examples of:

  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Subverted. The biker Pat encounters is scared of his dog.
  • Beard of Evil: The serial killer's beard and mullet give him a bestial appearance.
  • Big Badass Rig: Pat's truck.
  • Cultured Badass: Despite his tough appearance Pat listens to Mozart, writes poetry, and plays two musical instruments.
  • Damsel in Distress: The Hitchhiker (Jamie Lee Curtis) is abducted by the serial killer, and Pat must rescue her.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Pat rejects Hitch's attempt to seduce him.
  • Disposing of a Body: Smith/Jones chops his victims into pieces, puts some body parts in the trash, and buries the rest in the desert.
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  • Dogs Are Dumb: Subverted. Pat's Dingo alerted him to the extra carcass in the trailer, and protected him from the biker.
  • The Drifter: Pat is always on the move, and relaxes by playing his harmonica at a campfire.
  • Driving into a Truck: The cops pursuing Pat end up wedged into the trailer's tailgate.
  • '80s Hair: Pat has a moustache and short back and sides. Hitch has the feathered hair typically worn in the early years of the decade.
  • Good Ol' Boy: The employees of the slaughterhouse.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Pat is clean-cut and Smith/Jones is hairy and unkempt.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Pat theorizes that Smith/Jones' murders are motivated by misogyny.
    Pat Quid: I'll tell you what he thinks of women, he despises them. He thinks they're pigs.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Pat has a pet Dingo called Boswell.
  • Heroic Dog: Boswell saves Pat's life several times.
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  • Land Down Under: The roads of the Outback are dirt tracks, settlements are very remote, and there are few working telephones.
  • Let's Meet the Meat: The mascot of the meat packing factory is a cartoon pig dressed as a butcher. The Slogan on the side of the trailer? "Pleased to meat you!"
  • Mystery Meat: Pat's cargo is pig carcasses. Later, the butchered corpses of two of Smith/Jones' victims are possibly planted in the trailer.
  • Old-School Chivalry: Pat
  • Police Are Useless: The cops believe Pat is the real killer.
  • Razor Floss: Smith/Jones strangles his victims with a guitar string.
  • Serial Killer: Smith/Jones is the hedonistic type who preys on young female hitchhikers.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Pat has nightmare flashbacks caused by his time in the navy.
  • Shovel Strike: Smith/Jones uses one to smash Pat's truck.
  • Spoiled Brat: Hitch is the runaway daughter of a wealthy diplomat.


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