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Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Canadian cult classic Highway 61 on April 21 and 22!

Includes a special ALFF-hosted video intro and Q&A with actors Don McKellar and Valerie Buhagiar!


When naïve barber Pokey Jones (Don McKellar) meets Jackie Bangs (Valerie Buhagiar), a flamboyant roadie on the run, it doesn’t take her long to persuade him to leave Thunder Bay for New Orleans. Jones finds 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, 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. Highway 61 is the eccentric comedy in McDonald's road trip trilogy, book-ended by Roadkill and Hard Core Logo.


The film's soundtrack album includes songs by Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Rita Chiarelli, Nash the Slash, Acid Test, Jellyfishbabies, and Tom Jones.


"These seekers don't take the more commonly traveled path to the west and the Californian promised land, they head south on an inward journey. Backed by a great soundtrack, we enjoy privileged views of America from the point of view of bemused visitors. Much of it is landscape we've seen before; some of it follows the same track as Jarmusch's Mystery Train when it pulls into Memphis. But other images are lovely, amazing, or funny views of an America that come to us as a gift." - Katherine Maher, The Austin Chronicle

  • Year
    1991
  • Runtime
    102 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Canada
  • Rating
    14+
  • Director
    Bruce McDonald
  • Screenwriter
    Bruce McDonald, Allan Magee, Don McKellar
  • Producer
    Colin Brunton, Bruce McDonald
  • Cast
    Don McKellar, Valerie Buhagiar, Earl Pastko, Art Bergmann, Jello Biafra
  • Cinematographer
    Miroslaw Baszak
  • Editor
    Michael Pacek
  • Production Design
    Ian Brock
  • Music
    Nash the Slash