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In this postmodern exploitation flick loosely based on "Little Red Riding Hood," the uneducated daughter of a drug-addicted prostitute flees the foster-care system in search of her long-lost grandmother but meets up instead with a serial killer. Vanessa (Reese Witherspoon), a nearly illiterate firebug and serial shoplifter, desperately clings to normalcy even though her mother turns tricks, does drugs, and manages to ignore the fact that the girl's stepfather Michael T. Weiss has been abusing her for years. When both of her parents get arrested, Vanessa steals the car of her family-services caseworker (Conchata Ferrell) and heads up Interstate 5 in search of her paternal grandmother, who's never met her. Car problems force her to accept a ride from Bob Wolverton (Kiefer Sutherland), a youth counselor who uses charm and sympathy to get the girl to open up. Confessing the sordid details of her childhood to Bob, Vanessa is shocked when he suddenly declares that she's one of the "garbage people" and that he plans to murder her and have sex with her corpse. Bob, it turns out, is the "I-5 Murderer," who's been slaughtering young prostitutes in the Los Angeles area. Thanks to a gun borrowed from her fiancé, Vanessa manages to turn the tables on Bob, shooting him repeatedly and leaving him for dead. He survives, Vanessa is arrested, and the two meet up again in court -- with her unrepentant, even though the police disbelieve her story, him flanked by his prim wife (Brooke Shields) and the righteous indignation of the American legal system. Locked up in the juvie for psychological evaluation, Vanessa gets in touch with her wild side and eventually escapes, heading off to her fateful meeting with grandma. Although Freeway was originally filmed for HBO, vigorously positive critical response eventually earned it a theatrical release. Alanna Ubach, who portrays Vanessa's nemesis/accomplice Mesquita, would go on to appear with Witherspoon in Legally Blonde. Freeway also features two Clueless alumni: Dan Hedaya, as a police detective, and Brittany Murphy, as the disfigured lesbian who befriends Vanessa in lock-up. Michael T. Weiss, who previously appeared in gay indie Jeffrey, appears in both Freeway and its sequel, Freeway 2: Confessions of a Trickbaby. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:August 23, 1996

Cast

Reese Witherspoon
as Vanessa
Kiefer Sutherland
as Bob Wolverton
Brooke Shields
as Mimi Wolverton
Amanda Plummer
as Ramona
Wolfgang Bodison
as Detective Breer
Dan Hedaya
as Detective Wallace
Bokeem Woodbine
as Chopper
Brittany Murphy
as Rhonda
Michael T. Weiss
as Larry
Kitty Fox
as Grandma
Sidney Lassick
as Woody Wilson
Robert Peters
as Undercover Cop
Alanna Ubach
as Mesquita
Conchata Ferrell
as Mrs. Sheets
Paul Perri
as Cop #1
Ben Meyerson
as Cop at Truckstop
Chris Renna
as Doctor
Kathleen Marshall
as ER Nurse
Melinda Ramos Renna
as Female Anchor
Guillermo Diaz
as Flacco
Nico Petrakis
as Girl Gang Member
Annette Helde
as Lady Cop
Theodore Garcia
as Little Gumby
Susan Barnes
as Mrs. Cullins
Christine Mourad
as News Reporter
Julie Araskog
as Prosecutor
Tara Subkoff
as Sharon
Spantaneeus Xtasty
as Staff Member
Roberta Hanley
as Teacher
David Andriole
as Truck Driver
Monica Creel
as Twin #1
Leanna Creel
as Twin #2
Louis Mustillo
as Vanessa's Attorney
Ria Pavia
as Waitress
Alanna Ubach
as Mesquita
Nico Petrakis
as Girl Gang Member
Roberta Hanley
as Teacher
Paul Perri
as Cop #1
Susan Barnes
as Mrs. Cullins
Spantaneeus Xtasty
as Staff Member
Kitty Fox
as Grandma
Louis Mustillo
as Vanessa's Attorney
Sidney Lassick
as Woody Wilson
Annette Helde
as Lady Cop
Theodore Garcia
as Little Gumby
Monica Creel
as Twin #1
Chris Renna
as Doctor
David Andriole
as Truck Driver
Ben Meyerson
as Cop at Truckstop
Conchata Ferrell
as Mrs. Sheets
Leanna Creel
as Twin #2
Tara Subkoff
as Sharon
Guillermo Diaz
as Flacco
Kathleen Marshall
as ER Nurse
Robert Peters
as Undercover Cop
Christine Mourad
as News Reporter
Melinda Ramos Renna
as Female Anchor
Julie Araskog
as Prosecutor

Crew

Matthew Bright
Director
Brad Wyman
Producer
Richard Rutowski
Producer
Chris Hanley
Producer
Matthew Bright
Screenwriter
Gerry Gershman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Tito Larriva
Composer (Music Score)
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Alicia Rose
Songwriter
Maysie Hoy
Editor
Pam Warner
Production Designer
Adam Merims
Co-producer
Marc Ezralow
Co-producer
Oliver Stone
Executive Producer
Dan Halsted
Executive Producer
Merrie Lawson
Costume Designer
Caitlin Blue
Set Decorator
Ed White
Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Harper
Stunts
Troy M. Gilbert
Stunts
Jill Stokesberry
Stunts
Mary Vernieu
Casting
Teresa Cintron
Post Production Coordinator
Athena Alexander
Second Assistant Director
Mark Boccaccio
Music Editor
Elisabeth Fry
Key Make-up
Elisabeth Fry
Key Hairstylist
Paul Holzborn
Foley Artist
Ali Farboud
Gaffer
Paul Ratajczak
Re-Recording Mixer
Chad Rosen
Second Second Assistant Director
Bruce Greenspan
Music Editor
Jenifer Galvez
Electrician
Nicola Goode
Still Photographer
Al Decker
ADR Supervisor
Danielle Frankl
First Assistant Accountant
Phil Cohen
First Assistant Camera
Lesa-Ann Wyman
Still Photographer
Mitchell Bergman
Transportation Coordinator
Mark Linden
ADR Supervisor
Theresa Marth
Production Coordinator
Jeremy Kinser
Additional Casting
Jennifer Wittlinger
Assistant Production Coordinator
Vincent Montefusco
Special Effects Coordinator
Linda Pallin
Post Production Supervisor
Arman Boyles
Foley Recordist
Kurt Kassulke
Re-Recording Mixer
Nadine Haders
Costumes Supervisor
Julie Hannum
Location Manager
Melissa Gearhart
First Assistant Editor
Dorian Cheah
Dialogue Editor
Alyssa Weisberg
Casting Associate
Beth Emerson
Leadman
John Carl Buechler
Makeup Special Effects
Keith Morgan
Best Boy Electric
Tim Drury
Boom Operator
Frank Hildebrand
Unit Production Manager
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