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Highway 61
Highway 61
Actors: Valerie Buhagiar, Don McKellar, Earl Pastko, Peter Breck, Art Bergmann
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Music Video & Concerts
R     2007     1hr 42min

Story of a small-town barber who teams up with a roadie as they pack a corpse on the roof of their car and set off on a trip of gothic weirdness from northern Canada to New Orleans.

     
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Actors: Valerie Buhagiar, Don McKellar, Earl Pastko, Peter Breck, Art Bergmann
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Satire, Drama, Music Video & Concerts
Studio: Video Service Corp
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/30/2007
Original Release Date: 04/24/1992
Theatrical Release Date: 04/24/1992
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 42min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A great low budget film
Christian | Mansfield, MA | 12/31/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I viewed this years ago after seeing a positive review (back in the days when 'two thumbs up' really meant something) and was glad that I did as this is a neat little film with a completely original story.

Without giving anything away, the film follows the journey of Pokey and Jackie from Canada to New Orleans. Pokey believes he is doing a good deed by helping to transport a body to a funeral and Jackie--well, she's up to something. The true genius in the movie is that the pair is being pursued by the devil (played spectacularly by Earl Pastko) who believes he owns the soul of the dead person.

The story is bolstered by a decent soundtrack as we follow the pair through the heartland of the US. While it isn't perfect (it takes a little while to get going), this is a well written and unique film. I was here today to upgrade my old VHS tape and saw that the film could use a review."
Quirky and wonderful
Paul C. Gorman | Detroit, MI USA | 09/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Highway 61 is a quirky and wonderful indie film. It's one of those movies where you think you're only one who has ever seen it. Then, you discover someone else who's seen it, and you instantly bond over the movie. This strange, low-budget Canadian flick is definitely worth a viewing."
One of my all time faves
CathB | Bellingham, WA United States | 01/12/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you like black comedy, rock n' roll and road movies, watch this! Worth the price of admission to see Jello Biafra playing a US Customs agent. Don McKellar stars and also helped write it I think. Small town barber and aspiring musician Pokey finds a dead body behind his shop. Jackie runs away from the band she has been a roadie for, with something of theirs. She meets Pokey and uses him and the body to accomplish her objective. They embark on a road trip from Ontario to New Orleans along Highway 61, encountering eccentrics along the way. The plot thickens when a guy who thinks he is the devil wants the body, believing he owns the soul and wanting to claim it."