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Honky Tonk Freeway
Directed by John Schlesinger • 1981 • United States
Starring David Rasche, Paul Jabara, Howard Hesseman
Featuring a water-skiing elephant, nuns gone wild, and a sprawling cast of veteran character actors, this freewheeling satire takes aim at the crass commercialization of the tourism industry as the residents of a small Florida town go to increasingly outlandish lengths—including painting the whole city an eye-popping pink—to lure in passersby off the highway. A notorious box-office flop on its release, John Schlesinger’s Altmanesque ensemble comedy has reemerged as a cult favorite thanks to its outrageous take on the eccentricities of small-town American life.