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Acclaimed director Robert Rodriguez delivers more action-packed thrills with Roadracers, the story of a rockin' rebel named Dude (David Arquette), racing through life with a fast car, a loud guitar, a sexy girlfriend (Salma Hayek) and a big mouth. But when a confrontation ends with deadly threats, Dude finds himself speeding head-on toward a showdown that will settle the score for good. With hot stars and an energetic style all its own, Roadracers is fast-paced entertainment that never slows down.

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  • Actors: David Arquette, John Hawkes, Salma Hayek
  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006LOBZSA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Robert Rodriguez hits every corner with this ultra-cool sendup of '50's rebel movies. Cheap without looking cheap (except where Rodriguez intended it), this film is alternately chilling and hilarous. You can never tell when or where some totally outrageous sight-gag or outlandish bit of sarcasm will turn up, even at the most "serious" moments. Truly off-the-wall.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2001
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Even if this movie was made for TV it should have been released for the big screen. As it is nobody seems to know this gem. Insanely great music, Johnny Reno's My Mistake alone worth the price of the tape. Great characters like the Nixer and Dude. This movie has major cult potential if only people knew about it.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Frank Lawrence on December 3, 2001
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I have seen this movie more than ten times and I never tire of watching it. It's got everything: humor, action, romance, Blaise Pascal's pensees (remember Nixer's French Fry/Human Condition analogy), and most of all, red hot rock and roll music. Rodriguez's films were lost on me after El Mariachi, but this little gem I cannot praise highly enough. Anyone looking for the songs from the film, check with Norton Records (their 1980s re-issue covers are all over Dude's garage).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Montoya on January 15, 2012
Format: DVD
Rebel Highway was a short-lived revival of American International Pictures created and produced by Lou Arkoff, the son of Samuel Z. Arkoff and Debra Hill for the Showtime channel in 1994.
The concept was 10-week series of 1950s "drive-in classic" B-movies remade "with a '90s edge".[1] The impetus for the series, according to Arkoff was, "what it would be like if you made Rebel Without a Cause today. It would be more lurid, sexier, and much more dangerous, and you definitely would have had Natalie Wood's top off".[2] Originally, Arkoff wanted to call the series, Raging Hormones but Showtime decided on Rebel Highway instead.[3] Arkoff and Hill invited several directors to pick a title from one of Samuel Arkoff's movies, hire their own writers and create a story that could resemble the original if they wanted.[3] In addition, they had the right to a final cut and select their own director of photography and the editor.[4] Each director was given a $1.3 million budget and 12 days to shoot it with a cast of young, up and coming actors and actresses. According to Arkoff, the appeal to directors was that, "They weren't hampered by big studios saying, 'You can't do this or that.' And all the directors paid very close attention to the detail of the era. We want these shows to be fun for the younger generation and fun for the older generation".[3]

The series premiered with Robert Rodriguez's Roadracers on July 22, 1994.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1999
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I've watched Roadracers so many times. Working at a video store, we got the demo tape for the movie. I've never found it anywhere else. This movie needs to be released to the public because it is one of Rob's best films. The music, the cinematography and that '50s rebel style make this movie an Indie classic. Do whatever you have to do in order to see this movie. You won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NEILL GORTON on January 19, 2000
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Robert Rodriguez shows the masses of raw directing talent he has in this made for TV movie. The directing is energetic and stylish and even more impressive when you realise that it was shot in only 13 days! On top of this Rodriguez also wrote and directed this mini masterpiece. A brilliant homage to the 50's drive in teenage angst rock and roll movies. It succeeds where Walter Hill failed with "Streets of Fire". David Arquette is perfect as Dude but Nixer, played by John Hawkes, is a scene stealer as the geeky guy we all knew in high school.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Anderson on August 5, 2001
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This wasn't a movie to change your mind or broaden your horizons. This was a great butt-whoopin of a good time! Robert Rodriguez is my all time favorite hero of a director, and I can't do anything but be wowed by his movies....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Andolini on May 28, 2000
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Robert Rodriguez shows us that you don't need a fourtune, a major studio, or big name stars to make a memorable and utterly stunning film of this caliber. Rob goes for the rebel in all of us with this effective script and his signature WHAM BAM style of filming and editing. Rob gives us a great American masterpiece with a solid story and incredably on-the-point acting from Arquette and the rest of the cast. Most memorable are the fight scenes with the pounding LINK WRAY music that I can't seem to find in any record store! Look out for the ketchup bottle!
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