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HIGHWAY 61

(1992)
103 mins | Classics | Comedy | Offbeat Cinema | Strong Female Leads |
Provincial Ratings
NewfoundlandNR
Nova Scotia14A
P.E.I.14A
New Brunswick14A
Quebec13+
OntarioAA
Manitoba14A
SaskatchewanNR
Alberta14A
British ColumbiaNR
Northwest Territories14A
Nunavut14A
YukonNR

Director: Bruce McDonald

Writer(s): Allan Magee, Bruce McDonald, Don McKellar

Star(s): Don McKellar, Valerie Buhagiar, Earl Pastko

Synopsis:

Inspired by Bob Dylan’s classic song and the fact that Highway 61 actually starts in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Bruce McDonald and Don McKellar joined forces to create this acclaimed rock ’n’ roll road movie.

When naïve barber Pokey Jones (McKellar) meets Jackie Bangs (Buhagiar), a flamboyant roadie on the run, it doesn’t take her long to persuade him to leave Thunder Bay for New Orleans. Jones f inds himself taking not only Jackie, but also a frozen corpse he found in his backyard, which she claims is her brother. Meanwhile, in hot pursuit of the fleeing couple is Mr. Skin (Pastko), a bizarre and deluded character who thinks of himself as the Devil. As the three travel south, sparks fly and romance blooms between Pokey and Jackie.

“The triumphant return of two talents f iring on all cylinders.”
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About the Director

Bruce McDonald

McDonald directed the cult hits Highway 61, Pontypool, Roadkill, Hard Core Logo and The Tracey Fragments, starring Ellen Page. For TV, he directed the award-winning series Twitch City, and episodes of Degrassi and Heartland. His recent films include Trigger, The Husband, Hellions and 2016’s Weirdos. He is currently directing the short film Ashram ’69.

HIGHWAY 61

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