WriterAl Gomez, Mickey Epps, Curtis Burch Release dateMarch 1983 (1983-03) ProducersGreydon Clark, George W. Perkins CastJoe Don Baker (Joseph Rutter), Leif Green (Eugene Groebe), Jim Greenleaf (Jonathan Andrew McDorfus), Scott McGinnis (Jefferson Bailey), Jon Gries (King Vidiot (as Jonathan Gries)), Corinne Bohrer (Patsy Rutter) Similar moviesAll Ladies Do It, Jamon Jamon, The Teasers, Knock Knock, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Boy Next Door
TaglineMore fun than games!
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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 buds Eugene (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 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 PacMan 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. It grossed $3,952,448 in the United States.
The film was released on VHS by Vestron Video. Liberation Entertainment released the film on DVD in 2006, but it was quickly pulled off the market due to rights issues. It was re-released by Scorpion as a 30th anniversary edition.
The film's soundtrack was released in November 2015 by Eczema Records.