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Motorama (1991)


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  • Actors: Jordan Christopher Michael, Martha Quinn, Michael Naegel, Susan Tyrrell, Harper Flaherty
  • Directors: Barry Shils
  • Writers: Joseph Minion
  • Producers: Barry Shils, Barbara Ligeti, Donald P. Borchers, Lauren Graybow, Rolf Brauneis
  • Format: Full Screen, Digital Sound, Color, Dolby, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RDRK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,171 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Motorama (1991)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

If Home Alone's Kevin had been raised by Thelma & Louise, the result would be MOTORAMA. The wildly original author of After Hours hits pay dirt again with this comedy about a 10-year-old delinquent who runs away from home... and runs into the weirdest road trip to ever hit the screen. The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea joins Meat Loaf, Drew Barrymore, Garrett Morris, Michael J. Pollard, Mary Woronovand Martha Quinn in the gallery of road hogs and rogues who educate young guns on the journey of life. With music by Andy Summers of The Police, MOTORAMA is a rock-and-roll escape from the ordinary.

Customer Reviews

A fascinating film that can be viewed on many levels.
Tommy V
It's humorous, but a bit creepy that everyone can not see he is only a ten year old boy telling them what to do.
The Night Falcon
Now I can watch it over and over and try to get an idea of what the movie really is about.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ROBERT DOUGLASS on January 11, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I stopped counting the number of times i've watched Motorama after 56. It is the Godfather of all independent films, with it's vividly strange scenes. Put the $.79 bag of cheap popcorn in the microwave and get ready for a trip into the very heart of twisted bizarre insanity! The story of Motorama is pretty basic, a kid from a broken home steals a classic 1965 candy apple red mustang and goes on a quest to collect all the Motorama cards, you get Motorama game cards with every purchase of $5 worth of gasoline from any Chimera station. If you get all 8 of the letters that spell out "Motorama" you are elegible for the grand prize of $500million! With that kind of money Gus could leave his disgusting abusive parents behind and live the good life. Gus cashes in his pennies for gas money, steals a mustang and heads off in search of the illusive Motorama cards. Everything seems normal and your waiting for a state trooper to see this 10 year old driving an expensive classic car and take him to Juvenille Hall. But after gus washes his face in a little creek off the side of the road, you find that you along with Gus have taken one step too many, crossed into the world of the bizarre and there's no turning back baby! The twisted and dimented characters, along with the open landscape and dark shadows that mirror reality make Motorama a classic among independent movie fans. Gus is on a quest, an odyssey through the most exotic of imaginations, come hell or highwater he's gonna get those cards and you better just give him his space! I highly recommend this movie for anyone with a wild imagination and an open mind.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dead Spot Shots on May 18, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first saw this movie around 12 or 13 years ago. I watched it at least a dozen times, but lost track of it. I just found out it's out on DVD so I ordered it today. It's one of the strangest movies I have ever seen. I love it. You can't be a prude if you're going to watch this movie. If you're easily offended by FICTION, or super-sensitive to FICTION, then don't watch this movie.

I don't see any "deep meaning" behind the movie. It really makes no sense. But take that into mind if you see it. I get sick of hearing people complain about movies, saying such things as: "That movie wasn't realistic." What is the point of seeing a movie if you want everything to be realistic? Might as well videotape yourself eating cereal for 2 hours and watch it every night for entertainment.

If you have a good sense of humor and you'd like a break in monotony, watch this movie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tommy V on December 19, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
First of all, this is not a children's film. Just because you see a kid on the cover doesn't make it a children's film. The cover has nothing to do with the film. Now on to the review...

The best way to view this film is not linear; when you do that you are just watching the journey without understanding it. Yes, 10-year-old Gus (Jordan Christopher Michael) is on a journey. He makes an adult decision to escape the abusive situation at home and from that point the director allows Gus to continue to make adult decisions (although he looks like a kid)... and like real life where we do not always make the best decisions for ourselves, neither does Gus. He steals a car (Mustang convertible) and rides off into a surreal America playing "Motorama," a game sponsored by Chimera Gas Company. But he doesn't go far and he finds a lonely gas station attendant in a small filling station in the middle of no-where who needs some help. This is a pivotal point in the story. Gus is about to make either the right, or the wrong, decision and he makes the wrong one, driving off to pursue his selfish game, his fortune, without any idea of the cost to himself or others. The consequence is a hard troubled journey that cost him not only his eye, but also his youth. In the end when he eventually reaches the Chimera Gas Company with the winning ticket he finds they are not playing by the rules of the game. And neither is life... It's a hard lesson for a young boy to learn. But Gus gets another chance and miraculously he finds himself back at the small filling station in the middle of no-where. The attendant still needs help, and this time Gus makes the right decision and stays. A fascinating film that can be viewed on many levels. I highly recommend it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jacob A. on January 3, 2002
Format: DVD
If there ever was a funky movie, this would be it. Definately not for everyone, so rent before you even think about buying. The disc is very good quality, no real image quality problems to speak of. The sound was fine, i didnt really notice any problems or any spectacular moments. Extras are pretty much non existant, so dont buy it expecting anything but the movie itself. The film is strange, as stated before the 10 year old boy runs away from home, and goes cross country in a mythical country, very similar to america or canada. along the way he meets a cast of crazy characters, mostly horribly mean, and starts to play a gasstation game, MOTORAMA. There isnt much more to the movie. It consists of Gus buying/stealing motorama cards then getting beat up, i nthat order for a good hour. Then the ending comes up, and unless you like thinking about your movies your gonna hate the ending. It is very stange, and you kinda have to draw your own conclusion as to whats going on. The ending reminded me of Baron Munchausen's finale. The acting isnt spectaular, the script isnt astounding, but its fun enuff to watch once just for entertainemnt value. rent this when you have nothing better to do o na rainy afternoon. Not really a movie to watch with anyone but a group of film nerds or close friends. Once again rent before you buy. If you can't find it to rent, then make sure you like quirky films before you purchase it. It may not be independent, but it sure feels that way
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