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Girls on the Road

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Two wild teenage girls, Debbie (Kathleen Cody) and Karen (Dianne Hull, FIFTH FLOOR, ALOHA BOBBY AND ROSE) hit the road for some freedom, boys, and unexpected danger in this 1973 drive-in classic! The girls pick up a handsome Vietnam veteran (Michael Ontkean, TWIN PEAKS, SLAP SHOT, MAID TO ORDER) who is still troubled from his time at war, but is trying his best to fit in. They all end up at a hippie encounter session run by John (Ralph Waite, THE WALTONS, THE BODYGUARD) in a peaceful village by the ocean. It's all fun and games until the girls discover that a serial killer is murdering girls.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Ontkean, Dianne Hull, Ralph Waite, Kathleen Cody
  • Directors: Tom Schmidt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Scorpion Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2010
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003KO1JQ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,127 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Girls on the Road" on IMDb

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RBarber on February 25, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
This is one of the worst 70's drive-in movies I've ever seen, and I'm a fan of drive-in movies. The most important point is it's only 41 minutes of an 80 minute movie. What the heck Amazon, where's the rest of the movie? Even if the rest of the movie was there I don't think it would help this dog. In the first half there are so many cliches and holes in the plot the missing second half couldn't possibly fix it. Oh, if you were looking for some 70's sexploitation you won't find it here. Zero - Zip, just stupid dialog. What a bore!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred Adelman on November 8, 2014
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Two young girls, Karen (Dianna Hull) and Debbie (Kathleen Cody), hit the wide-open road in search of kicks, ignoring the fact that a serial killer is murdering young women along the beach of California's Big Sur. They rent a car, drive recklessly (a cop gives Karen a ticket for throwing her bra out the window) and screw with the heads of a series of hitch-hikers (including two gay guys), nearly hitting one guy on the side of the road. These girls are nothing but two spoiled brats who only care about themselves. Also on the road hitch-hiking is recently-released manic depressive Army soldier Will (Michael Ontkean), who we see in the beginning of the film beating up two guys playing pool in a bar for no reason at all, after having a flashback (which he has frequently) with his Army psychiatrist (who releases Will after telling him that the Army has done all they can). Will may also be the serial killer on the loose. Karen and Debbie pick up Will and he brings them to the Institute For Human Potential, a hippie encounter group run by Will's old friend John (Ralph Waite). John tells Will to ditch the Army uniform ("It's a false identity.") if he wants to stay at the Institute. Karen and Debbie catch the eye of The Maker (John McMurtry), a creepy Institute teacher and old Army buddy of Will's. The trio then go to Debbie's parents' beach house, where a bunch of hippies are squatting. One of them knocks out Will and they take off. When Will comes to, he grabs his gun and goes after them. When nighttime comes and Will doesn't return, Debbie and Karen go back to the Institute looking for him. John returns with them to the beach house, where they find a groggy Will waiting by the door. John invites the girls to come back to the Institute in the morning and walks back to the Institute.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve on January 29, 2014
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This film is not complete! 41 mins. Where's the rest of it? Who is killing all the hippies? Peace, love, dud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By atv nut on June 2, 2014
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The movie was stopped at the 40 minute mark, and was not very good either. I would skip this one.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jobla on October 22, 2010
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The new Scorpion DVD (released in 2010) is far superior to the old VHS release of the film from the 1980's. The DVD is anamorphic widescreen, and has a couple of extras: an interview with the screenwriter and a trailer preview.

My four-star rating mainly pertains to the new DVD itself. The movie is fun enough, but not a drive-in classic. It was released in 1972 under the title HOT SUMMMER WEEK, and then later retitled GIRLS ON THE ROAD. The girls only spend the first half of the film on the road, so the retitling is a bit exploitative (wow-a drive-in movie being exploited?).

One of the girls is played by Kathleen Cody, who mainly played "the girlfriend" or "the cute girl" in some Disney comedies. It's fun to see her get a little trashy in this film, and a nice change from her normal goody-two-shoes personna.

Those who enjoy films like THE YOUNG GRADUATES (1971) and THE YOUNG CYCLE GIRLS (1978) would probably like this one, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Carr on June 5, 2014
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Takes place in the 70's, but the movie is
Just not that exciting. Nothing really happens. There are plenty of hippies and beach scenes in it.
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