Joysticks (film)

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Joysticks FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byGreydon Clark
Produced byGreydon Clark
Written byAl Gomez
Mickey Epps
Curtis Burch
CinematographyNicholas Josef von Sternberg
Edited byLarry Bock
Distributed byCitadel Films
Liberation Entertainment
Release date
  • March 1983 (1983-03)
Running time
88 min.
CountryUnited States
Budget$300,000 (estimated)
Box office$3,952,448 (USA)[1]

Joysticks is a 1983 American comedy film directed by Greydon Clark.


Jefferson Bailey (Scott McGinnis) runs the most popular video arcade in town, much to the chagrin of local businessman Joseph Rutter (Joe Don Baker). With his two bumbling nephews, Rutter aims to frame Bailey and have his business shut down. Bailey, however, is wise to Rutter's plan and teams with best friends Eugene Grobit (Leif Green) and McDorfus (Jim Greenleaf) to stop this scheme, which also involves a video game duel with punker King Vidiot (Jon Gries).



The production took 13 days[2] and allowed the image of Pac-Man by video game developer Midway Games to be used in the film. Also, they allowed the filmmakers to showcase Satan's Hollow and the unreleased Super Pac-Man during the film's climactic video game showdown.


The film was theatrically released March 1983 in the United States by Jensen Farley Pictures and was the fifth highest grossing in its first week.[2] It grossed $3,952,448 in the United States.[3]

The film was released on VHS by Vestron Video. Liberation Entertainment released the film on DVD in 2006. It was released on Blu-ray by Scorpion in 2013 as a 30th anniversary edition.


The film's soundtrack was released in November 2015 by Eczema Records.[4]


  1. ^ Joysticks at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ a b Jim Greenleaf "Dorfus Maneuver At California Extreme" July 13, 2010
  3. ^ "Joysticks". Retrieved 2011-03-28.
  4. ^ Eczema Records catalog, retrieved Nov. 5, 2015

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