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Encyclopedia > Freeway (1996 film)
Freeway

Freeway DVD cover.
Directed by Matthew Bright
Produced by Chris Hanley
Brad Wyman
Written by Matthew Bright
Oliver Stone
Starring Kiefer Sutherland
Reese Witherspoon
Wolfgang Bodison
Dan Hedaya
Amanda Plummer
Brooke Shields
Michael T. Weiss
Bokeem Woodbine
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography John Thomas
Editing by Maysie Hoy
Distributed by Dayton Way Pictures Iii
Roxie Releasing
Release date(s) August 23, 1996 (Los Angeles, California)
Running time 110 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)
Followed by Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Freeway is a 1996 thriller film starring Kiefer Sutherland, Reese Witherspoon and Brooke Shields. It was written and directed by Matthew Bright. The original music score is composed by Danny Elfman. The film is marketed with the tagline "Her life is no fairytale." Director, writer and actor Mathew Brights vision of a surreal, slap-happy and ultra-violent America has informed his work from the beginning. ... Brad Hibbs Wyman (born May 13, 1963 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film producer, best known for producing Monster. ... Director, writer and actor Mathew Brights vision of a surreal, slap-happy and ultra-violent America has informed his work from the beginning. ... William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946), known simply as Oliver Stone, is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director and screenwriter. ... Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966 in London, England) is an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning British-born Canadian television and film actor, best known for his role of Jack Bauer on the series 24. ... Kaitlin Jeanne Reese Witherspoon[1] (born March 22, 1976), known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Dan Hedaya Dan Hedaya is a prolific character actor who was born on July 24, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York to a Sephardic Jewish family. ... Amanda Michael Plummer (born March 23, 1957 in New York, New York) is an Emmy and Tony Award-winning American actress. ... Brooke Christa Camille Shields (born May 31, 1965) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... Michael Terry Weiss (born February 2, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor. ... Bokeem Woodbine (born April 13, 1973 in Harlem, New York, USA) is an African-American film and television actor. ... Danny Elfman as Satan in Forbidden Zone. ... People named John Thomas include: John Thomas (filmmaker): American cinematographer John Thomas (general) (1725-1886): American general in the American Revolutionary War John Thomas (harpist) (1826-1913): Welsh composer and musician John Thomas (trombonist) (1902-1971): trombone player who worked with Louis Armstrong John Thomas (NFL player): lineman for San... August 23 is the 235th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (236th in leap years), with 130 days remaining. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1996. ... Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966 in London, England) is an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning British-born Canadian television and film actor, best known for his role of Jack Bauer on the series 24. ... Kaitlin Jeanne Reese Witherspoon[1] (born March 22, 1976), known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Brooke Christa Camille Shields (born May 31, 1965) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... Director, writer and actor Mathew Brights vision of a surreal, slap-happy and ultra-violent America has informed his work from the beginning. ... Danny Elfman as Satan in Forbidden Zone. ...


The movie is a dark comedy loosely modeled after the story of Little Red Riding Hood; Witherspoon is Red Riding Hood, while Sutherland plays the Big Bad Wolf. The term problem plays is applied to the three plays William Shakespeare wrote between the last of his pure comedies (Twelfth Night) and the first of his pure tragedies (Othello) They are Alls Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida. ... A depiction by Gustave Dore Little Red Riding Hood is a famous folktale about a young girls encounter with a wolf. ... The Big Bad Wolf (sometimes called the Big Ol Wolf) is a fictional character who first appeared in the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, folk tales that can be traced to the literary salons of the 17th and 18th centuries. ...

Contents

Plot summary

Vanessa Lutz is a poor illiterate teenage girl living in the slums of Los Angeles. After having her mother arrested in a prostitution sting, she runs away with a stolen car from her social worker guardian to stay with her grandmother in Stockton. Bob Wolverton, a serial killer and rapist known as "the I-5 killer", picks her up after her car breaks down, and promises to take her to her grandmother's house. After manipulating Vanessa into confessing to him the details of her painfully dysfunctional life, including a prostitute mother and a sexually abusive stepfather, Bob reveals his true nature and tries to kill her. The tables are turned, however, as Vanessa eventually shoots him several times and escapes. Vanessa is quickly arrested and questioned by two detectives who write her off as a carjacker, even though she insists Bob had tried to kill her and had told her about his other murders. Bob survives, but the bullet wounds have left him severely handicapped, costing him an eye and disfiguring his face, and Vanessa is put on trial, with everyone believing (at first) that Bob is the innocent victim he claims to be. Vanessa goes to prison, while Bob and his socialite wife, who knows nothing of his crimes, are treated like heroes. Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... Rape is the act of making someone partake involuntarily in sexual acts through violence, force, threat of injury, other duress, or where the victim is unable to decline due to the effects of drugs, and/or alcohol. ... Interstate 5 (abbreviated I-5) is the westernmost interstate highway in the continental United States. ... This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... A socialite is a person (male or female, but more often used for a woman) of social prominence who spends a significant amount of his or her time and resources entertaining and being entertained. ...


Scared at first, Vanessa eventually makes friends in prison, including a heroin-addicted lesbian and a Hispanic gang leader, who helps her escape. Heroin, also known as diamorphine (BAN) or diacetylmorphine (INN), is a semi-synthetic opioid. ... This article is about same-sex desire and sexuality among females. ... The Hispanic world Hispanic (Spanish Hispano, from Latin Hispānus, adjective from Hispānia, Iberian Peninsula) is a term denoting a derivation from Spain, its people and culture. ...


Meanwhile, the detectives look back over the evidence and find that Vanessa was telling the truth. They search Wolverton's home, finding violent pornography and human remains in his garage. Confronted at last with what her husband really is, Wolverton's wife commits suicide. Arriving home to find a police car at his house, Wolverton panics and flees to Vanessa's grandmother's house. For other uses, see Pornography (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of willfully ending ones own life. ...


Posing as a prostitute, Vanessa steals a car and drives there as well. She finds her grandmother dead and Wolverton waiting for her with a gun. After a struggle, Vanessa kills him just in time for the detectives to arrive.


Cast

Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966 in London, England) is an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning British-born Canadian television and film actor, best known for his role of Jack Bauer on the series 24. ... Kaitlin Jeanne Reese Witherspoon[1] (born March 22, 1976), known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Dan Hedaya Dan Hedaya is a prolific character actor who was born on July 24, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York to a Sephardic Jewish family. ... Amanda Michael Plummer (born March 23, 1957 in New York, New York) is an Emmy and Tony Award-winning American actress. ... Brooke Christa Camille Shields (born May 31, 1965) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... Michael Terry Weiss (born February 2, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor. ... Bokeem Woodbine (born April 13, 1973 in Harlem, New York, USA) is an African-American film and television actor. ... Guillermo Díaz Guillermo Díaz (born 1975 in New Jersey, USA) is a Cuban American actor who has starred in movies such as Half Baked (1998), 200 Cigarettes (1999), and Stonewall (1995), and has had several TV guest appearances on such shows as Chappelles Show, Law & Order and... Brittany Anne Murphy (born Brittany Bertolotti on November 10, 1977) is an American actress and singer. ... Actress Alanna Ubach Alanna Ubach (born October 3, 1975 in Downey, California) is an American actress of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent. ... Susan Barnes (born September 8, 1952 in Rabat, Malta) is a Canadian politician. ... Category: Possible copyright violations ... Tara Lyn Subkoff (born December 10, 1972) is an actress and fashion designer. ...

Trivia

  • The scenes that take place on the northbound I-5 freeway actually were filmed on the I-5.
  • Wolverton's character may have been inspired by real-life serial killer Randall Woodfield, who committed many of his crimes at the I-5 Highway, and was also known as "the I-5 killer".
  • Composer Danny Elfman scored the film as a favor to Bright, charging only a nominal fee of $1 for his services; he and Bright had known each other as children. A suite of Elfman's score can be found on his Music for a Darkened Theatre Volume 2.
  • At one point in the film, Vanessa shows Bob a photo she keeps in her wallet of her biological father. The photo used is actually a picture of Richard Speck.

Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... Randall Randy Woodfield was an American serial killer dubbed The I-5 Killer for the I-5 Highway running from Washington to California, where he committed multiple sexual assaults and murders. ... Danny Elfman as Satan in Forbidden Zone. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Censorship History

  • The film originally received a NC-17 rating by the MPAA. It was trimmed to obtain an R rating, with the censored version being released theatrically and on VHS/DVD.
  • The US R-rated version of Freeway was initially refused classification by the Australian OFLC. Two scenes were removed - explicit sexually abusive dialogue between Bob and Vanessa during the car trip on the I-5, and a cutaway shot of Vanessa's dead grandmother towards the end of the film - before the film was classified R18+. In lieu of recent R18+ classifications of "extreme" films, were the film submitted for classification in its uncut form today (e.g. DVD release) it would likely receive an uncut R18+.

The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ... The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Top view of VHS cassette with U.S. 25c coin for scale Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard for analog video cassette... DVD (commonly Digital Versatile Disc, previously Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... More than one country has an organization called the Office of Film and Literature Classification. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... DVD (commonly Digital Versatile Disc, previously Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...

See also

This article is about pedophilia/paedophilia in movies/films. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...

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