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Dead End Drive-In (1986)
Dead End
Dead-End Drive In

Nomination Year: 1997
SYNOPSIS:  When a young man lies about his employment status to get a discount drive-in admission for himself and his hot new date, he gets more than he bargained for. A lot more. The tires on his brother's vintage car (which he borrowed) get stolen, and he and his date are forced to stay there for what seems an eternity...because it is. The owner of the drive-in is particularly unhelpful, but does give them food and blanket vouchers. Vouchers? Apparently, this happens all the time; hundreds of others are stuck there with them. What a coincidence, huh? The young man won't take this imprisonment lying down. After trying scheme after tricky scheme, he eventually escapes by the brute force method -- stealing weapons and shooting his way out through a slew of police.

Smithee Award Winner! Most Ludicrous Premise

Losers Drive in, But They Don't Drive Out
Faced with a mounting juvenile delinquent problem, the Australian government comes up with a clever plan to detain all its young undesirables in a Drive-In Theatre of No Return. The plan is elegant and insidious -- offer extremely discounted admission to the unemployed, and when they get there, steal their tires so they can't leave. They can't just walk away because the drive-in is located on an "S-road," a sort of government-access-only route that carries mandatory jail time if you're caught walking on it. Egad! A cinematic Roach Motel! It's all so brilliant! And preposterous.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Ned Manning  
Natalie McCurry  
Peter Whitford  
Director Claim to Fame
Brian Trenchard-Smith Directed Leprechauns 3 & 4, as well as a spate of other Bad films usually set in Australia 

Bryan Cassidy

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