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Free Ride (1986)

R | | Comedy | 17 January 1986 (USA)
A group of teenagers borrow a car, unaware that gangsters have stashed mob money in it. The gangsters are determined to get the money back, but the teens, inspired by the Rambo movies, fight back.

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Tom Trbovich

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Ron Zwang (screenplay) (as Ronald Z. Wang), Lee Fulkerson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Hershberger ... Dan Garten
Reed Rudy ... Greg Novak
Dawn Schneider Dawn Schneider ... Jill Monroe
Peter DeLuise ... Carl Beluga
Brian MacGregor Brian MacGregor ... Elmer Reynolds
Warren Berlinger ... Dean Stockwell
Mamie Van Doren ... Debbie Stockwell
Renee Props ... Kathy (as Babette Props)
Chick Vennera ... Edgar Ness
Anthony Charnota Anthony Charnota ... Vinnie Garbagio
Mario Marcelino Mario Marcelino ... Vito Garbagio
Joe Tornatore ... Murray Garbagio
Ken Olfson ... Mr. Stanley Lennox
Liam Sullivan ... Mr. Monroe
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ... Old Man Garbagio
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A group of teenagers borrow a car, unaware that gangsters have stashed mob money in it. The gangsters are determined to get the money back, but the teens, inspired by the Rambo movies, fight back.

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Free Ride
Composed by Jeff Lantz and Joel Atkins
Performed by Laura Martier
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The Hershberger does it again

If you like Garry Hershberger in Paradise Motel, you're gonna love him in this infectious film, where adventure and comedy have never blended so beautifully. Free and easy class act, Dan Garten, who intimately we'd all like to be, unbeknown to him, steals a mobster's Ferrari with a lot of money, tucked under the upholstery, while trying to impress an older more mature classy chick, not only with this, but his crock of Nam stories. He crashes at this campus, his temporary refuge, where he beds with his old mate. Just watch Dan Garten's entrance into a female shower block, where a young pretty lass is is watering down. As an actor, Hershberger has this sort of charisma, he carries well across the screen. He assumes this role perfectly, with nothing really more to play than a cocky, smart alecky, son of a.... He's not the held back, push over, worrisome kid he was in Paradise Motel. He's much the opposite. With the mobsters after him, while doing a bit of a job on their mobster's father's hand, can Dan and his pals stay alive long, to defy the mafioso, who've got Dan's luscious blonde girlfriend. I'll tell you all the while, you'll be greatly entertained and amused, especially when you see what free rides can get you at college, like boosting those grades, or having an entourage do your labor and toil in the school work shed, when you have some pig of a counceler who's got it in for ya, but I guess Dan drew first blood there, with his college ground entrance, via his fancy wheels you gotta see. One notable performance, I have to give credit to, is that of Peter Deluise, before he hit Jump Street, as a bullying thug, with not too much upstairs, where revenge on him is nothing but sweet. You'll really find that this 86 movie is so much fun. It puts the F in it. I still love it as much, every time I watch it, where sometimes an adventure comedy is better than just a comedy comedy. Mind you, you could find this film pretty funny. I know I did.


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Language:

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17 January 1986 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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