Interstate 60

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Interstate 60
Interstate 60'2002.jpg
Official DVD cover
Directed byBob Gale
Produced byBob Gale
Ira Deutchman
Peter Newman
Written byBob Gale
Starring
Music byChristophe Beck
CinematographyDenis Maloney
Edited byMichael Fallavollita
Production
company
Distributed bySamuel Goldwyn Films
Release date
October 14, 2003
Running time
112 minutes[1]
CountryCanada
United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$7 million[citation needed]

Interstate 60 (also known as Interstate 60: Episodes of The Road) is a 2002 metaphysical road film[2] written and directed by Bob Gale, in his directorial debut,[3] and starring James Marsden, Gary Oldman, Amy Smart, Christopher Lloyd, Chris Cooper and Kurt Russell, with a cameo by Michael J. Fox. One reviewer said the film was about "the ethical fiber of America’s John Everyman, and the moral humanity of each viewer."[4]

Plot[edit]

The opening introduces O.W. Grant (Gary Oldman), who carries a pipe in the shape of a monkey-head. He demonstrates his mysterious powers in an encounter with a businessman (Michael J. Fox), when granting the man's wish results in the businessman being hit by a truck.

Neal Oliver aspires to be an artist, despite the lack of support from his domineering father and analytical girlfriend. At a party for his twenty-second birthday, O.W. Grant is the waiter who serves the cake. After Neal blows out the candles, he says he wished for an answer to his life. His father responds by handing him an admission letter to law school. As the family goes outside to look at the red convertible that Neal's dad bought him, a bucket falls onto Neal's head, knocking him out.

Neal wakes up in the hospital, where a doctor named Ray (Christopher Lloyd) comes in and does a quick sight test using playing cards. Neal has to name the suit on the cards. Neal asks if he got it right, and Ray points out that the cards actually had red spades and black hearts, emphasizing that things aren't always what they seem.

After getting out of the hospital, Neal sees the mystery woman that he's been dreaming about in a billboard advertisement, but the billboard company insists that the billboard is blank. When Neal checks the billboard, he sees a new picture of the beautiful blonde, this time with a framed inscription "Call 555-1300". Neal calls the number, and a recorded message tells him that he has an appointment at 555 Olive Street, Suite 1300.

At the appointment, he again meets Ray, who gives him a package to deliver to a Robin Fields in a town called Danver in Colorado (not "Denver"). Ray tells him that he'll find Danver by taking Interstate 60.

With no Interstate 60 on the roadmap, Neal sets out west and encounters O.W. Grant on the roadside. Grant gives Neal directions to the unlisted Interstate 60, and on his journey, Neal meets:

  • A promiscuous woman (Amy Jo Johnson) looking for perfect sex.
  • A man (Wayne Robson) who can consume unnatural quantities of food and drink.
  • A dying ex-advertiser (Chris Cooper) who is on a crusade to punish dishonesty.
  • A lonely mother (Rebecca Jenkins) looking for her son, who is living in a city where the population is addicted to a government-controlled drug.
  • Mrs. James (Ann-Margret), who runs the Museum of Art Fraud that actually contains real masterpieces posing as fakes.

When Neal reaches the town of Morlaw, where all citizens are lawyers who spend their days suing each other, he finally finds Lynn (Amy Smart), the imprisoned mystery woman he has been dreaming about and painting. Lynn explains that she met O.W. Grant and wished to find the right guy. They spend the night together at the "Fork in the Road" motel. Neal also makes a painting of the motel. Neal leaves to deliver the package in Danver, while Lynn stays behind.

On the radio, Neal hears a report of a reported murderer on the loose, and the description matches his car. He abandons his vehicle to hitchhike. Arriving in Danver, Neal meets "Robin Fields", who turns out to be O.W. Grant. After opening the package (which holds a replacement monkey-head pipe for O.W.'s broken one), Grant uses his magic powers to "warp" Neal back in time, where he wakes up in the hospital before he first encountered Ray.

Leaving the hospital, Neal confronts his father and asserts his right to live his life without his father's interference. His sister takes him to an art gallery where Neal sees his painting of the "Fork in the Road". A girl who resembles Lynn talks to him about commissioning him to do a series of paintings on roadside motels and diners.

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes lists 4 reviews, and reports 3 positive and 1 negative review.[5]

Deleted scenes[edit]

The DVD includes several deleted scenes and the "bridges" where they would be placed in the film. They include:

  • Neal visits an AAA office where he seeks information about Interstate 60 that the service representative repeatedly tells him does not exist. The man explains the American Interstate Highway System to Neal. Neal discovers that if I-60 did exist, it would be oriented west to east and be north of Interstate 40 and south of Interstate 70.
  • When told by the man in the bar about O. W. Grant at the film's beginning, a waitress tells Neal that she had never seen the man before but he had won a large amount of bets by consuming large quantities of alcohol in a brief time without throwing up or urinating. This is the same man who appears later in a diner and makes similar bets that he can eat large amounts of food without releasing them through similar processes. The man admitted he acquired this quality through a wish from O.W. Grant but did not enjoy it, because in addition to being able to eat without stopping, he now must do so to avoid starving.
  • After a co-worker tells Neal that work is the same as high school due to all the rules and punishments, Neal chats with another co-worker named Otis. Otis enjoys his job due to working night time hours makes him feel special. Neal asks Otis if he thinks work is like high school and Otis laughs and said that he never went to high school.
  • Neal meets his father in his office saying that he doesn't want to be in a pigeon hole. His father says that everyone in the world is in a pigeon hole, even starving artists; there are good pigeon holes and bad pigeon holes so it is better to be in a good one.
  • At the beginning of his road journey, Neal receives a call on his mobile phone but shuts it off narrating that the only freedom left in the 21st Century is to be incommunicado.
  • At the police station in the city where drug addicts are given a highly addictive but totally legal drug that they pay for by being in the town's work force, Neal has brought a mother searching for her son. The son has only an interest in the drug and no interest in his mother. Given a choice of staying behind and seeing her son and maybe having him work for her, leaving and never seeing her son again, or taking the drug and becoming a fellow addict, the mother asks Neal what he thinks she should do. Neal relates a story of visiting his grandmother in a nursing home. When she slipped into dementia, Neal said he still remembered the times they had together, and even though she did not, it still made him happy; therefore, she should stay. The mother cries that she'll never be a grandmother and takes the drug.
  • After leaving the hospital at the end of the film, Neal breaks up with his girlfriend who calls him a loser and that artists starving for their work only exist in the previous century.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "INTERSTATE 60 EPISODES OF THE ROAD". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  2. ^ Rabin, Nathan. "Absolute Beginners". Decider. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  3. ^ Kehr, Dave. "THE NEW SEASON/MOVIES; Hannibal to Hobbits, Pinochet to Pinocchio". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  4. ^ Widmar, Aaron. "Best Road Trip Movies: Interstate 60 Review". The News Wheel. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Interstate 60 (2002)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 18, 2018.

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