to get film buff
Joyce Standridge’s take on these
classic automotive movies.
with Mircea Monroe, Caroline Rhea and Justin Guarini
Racing is in
Alex Johnstone's (Mircea Monroe) blood. It was her father’s life and
it ultimately caused his death so her uncle Bill (Dwier Brown), who
runs the local speedway, is determined not to lose his niece the way
he lost his brother.
But Alex is determined to prove to
Bill, to the world, and especially to herself that she has what it
takes to be the best in a traditionally male-dominated sport. And
when she meets up with handsome professional racecar driver Darryl
Sands (Justin Guarini), the emotional stakes are raised even higher.
Will Alex crash and burn or can she carry on her dad's
legacy and make her dreams come true?
Color, 85 min. (2008)
Heart Like a Wheel
- The Shirley Muldowny Story
Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges, Bruce Barlow, Leo Rossi and
Bonnie Bedelia — in the triumphant performance that earned
her a Golden Globe® nomination as Best Actress — stars as Shirley
"Cha Cha" Muldowney, the young wife and mother who defied the sport
of drag racing to become the only female top fuel champion in NHRA®
But before she could reach the record books,
Shirley had to survive an abusive first marriage, her volatile love
affair with fellow racer Connie Kalitta (Beau Bridges of THE
KILLING TIME and NORMA RAE), a horrific accident, and
a sexist world that tried to stand in the way of one remarkable
woman who dared to put her heart on the line.
Edwards of ER fame co-stars in this Deluxe 25th Anniversary
Edition of the film Newsweek called "one of the best American movies
of the year," now packed with all-new Bonus Materials featuring
racing legends Shirley Muldowney, Don Garlits, Connie Kalitta and
- Commentary by
director Jonathan Kaplan
Muldowney: Behind the Wheel" featurette with the real Shirley
Muldowney and friends
- "Friends -
Rivals - Champions" featurette with real-life racers Muldowney, Don
Garlits and Connie Kalitta discussing their careers
- Poster and still
- Theatrical trailer
Color, Special Edition, runtime 113 min.
Smokey and the
Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Sally Field,
Jerry Reed, & Mike Henry
Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over county
lines in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.
96 min, Special Edition with digitally remastered picture and 5.1
Surround Sound audio.
Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom Deluise, & Jackie Chan
A wide variety of eccentric
competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country car
Color, 96 min, Special Features.
Catch Me If You
with Matt Lattanzi and Loryn Locklin
can't win the race, move the finish line... A hotshot car racer
persuades the class president of a small Minnesota high school to
gamble on illegal car races to raise money for their school facing
(1989) Color, 106 min.
Directed by Ron Howard with Daniel Brühl,
Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, et al.
powerful film recounting the
merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and
Color, 123 min.
with Mark Hamill and Annie Potts
cherry Corvette Stingray. A gorgeous girl. And a summer in glittery
Las Vegas. What more does a guy need for the wildest, weirdest,
funniest, freakiest time of his life?
Mark Hamill (Star
Wars) and Annie Potts (Designing Women) make comedic and romantic
sparks fly in a revved-up tale of car-brained Kenny (Hamill),
trailing a Corvette that's mysteriously boosted after his high
school shop class restores it to perfection. The trail leads to Fun
Capital, USA, and a ditzy diversion (Potts) whose dream is to become
– a hooker! This damsel in distress needs a white knight on a
candy-apple, metal-flake, superior-mags, mercury-tubes steed –
right, Kenny? Both are in for a summer they'll never forget.
(1978) Color, 104 min.
Eat My Dust
with Ron Howard and Christopher Norris
pedal to the metal and burn rubber with the clutch-popping
excitement of Eat My Dust!, starring Ron Howard.
Hoover is dying to impress Darlene. She's into going fast, he's into
Darlene, but when they both get into a red-hot race car, the
reckless fun accelerates into a trunkful of hot pursuits. They're
off on the open road for a tire-squealing, fender-bending adventure
to who knows where – and all Smokey can do is eat their dust!
(1976) Color, 89 min.
with Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley and Ned Beatty
Reynolds is Gator McKlusky, a moonshine runner who wages war against
corrupt police officials in this two-fisted, four-wheeling action
With adrenaline-pumping car chases,
bone-crunching brawls and terrific acting by an all-star cast,
including Diane Ladd and a very young Laura Dern, White Lightning
will give you the jolt of your life!
Gator is serving time
in an Arkansas prison when he learns that his brother has been
murdered by ruthless Sheriff J.C. Connors (Ned Beatty). Swearing
vengeance, Gator agrees to go undercover to expose Connors, going to
any lengths to get the goods on the sheriff and make him pay for the
crime with his life.
(1973) Color, 101 min.
W.W. & the Dixie
with Burt Reynolds, Conny van Dyke, Ned
Beatty, and Art Carney
a happy-go-lucky crook who makes his living robbing gas stations
through the drive-up windows.
The Dixie Dancekings are a country
music band trying to get their first big break.
paths with the Dixie Dancekings when he hijacks their car (and them)
to help him rob a bank. At first, the band resists. However, when
they discover how much money they make, they begin helping out
voluntarily in order to finance their big break.
At the same
time, W.W. takes a liking to them and uses his natural charm and
smooth-talking ways to help them start down the road to stardom.
(1975) Color, 91 min.
with Sandy Alexander, Ray Archuleta, Sonny Barger,
Scott Barnes, and Bo Diddley
starts off as a squadron of American daredevil bombers in World War
II, branded by society as renegades, turns into a revealing ride
into the world of honor, violence, and undying passion for
motorcycles on the road.
(1983) Color, 93 min.
Aloha, Bobby and Rose
with Paul Le Mat
and Dianne Hull
Hollywood, small-time auto mechanic Bobby (Paul Le Mat) and fast
food waitress Rose (Diane Hull) meet and fall in love. They dream of
a life in Hawaii, and talk of living there in the near future.
One night, Bobby’s prank of the “fake” robbery of a convenience
store with a shotgun backfires: A young shopkeeper is killed in an
Following the accident, Bobby and Rose
become fugitives, and Rose becomes worried about the future of her
five-year-old son. They decide to go on the run in Bobby’s 1968
(1975) Color, 88 min.
Howard, Cindy Williams, Charles Martin Smith and Paul Le Mat return
in this laugh-filled follow-up look into the lives of the gang from
George Lucas’ original coming-of-age classic, American Graffiti.
Set a few years later, the film traces the continuing hopes,
dreams and romances of these high school friends. Gone are the sock
hops, cruise nights and make-out spots. Now it’s all about campus
parties, love- ins and peace rallies – as these friends find
themselves in the midst of the amazing era that was the mid-60s.
Featuring a sound track loaded with the period’s greatest hits
by Bob Dylan, Donovan, Simon and Garfunkel, The Byrds, the Doors and
a story sure to evoke memories of a
time when becoming an adult meant laughing, crying and savoring old
(1973) Color, 1hr, 52 min.
Born to Run
with Richard Grieco
film about drag racing, girls, friendship, following dreams and
sticking it out.
He’s the reigning king of
the blacktop, where there no limits and winning is all that matters.
Color, 97 min, (1993, Made for TV). Rated R.
with Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Jim Nabors,
Parker Stevenson, and Loni Anderson
action comedy film about a NASCAR driver, “Stroker Ace,” played by
Burt Reynolds. Stroker Ace, a champion NASCAR driver, is standing at
the top of his career, but is getting fed up with having to do as
he's told. In between rebelling against his sponsor’s (a fried
chicken chain) promotion gimmicks, like making him dress up in giant
chicken suit, he spends the rest of the movie trying to bed the
buxom Pembrook, who spurns his advances until he grows up a bit.
Along with a famous cast, the film includes appearances by many
NASCAR drivers, such as Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Neil Bonnett,
Harry Gant, Terry Labonte, Kyle Petty, Benny Parsons, Tim Richmond,
Ricky Rudd, Cale Yarborough, and announcers Ken Squier, David Hobbs,
and Chris Economaki. The movie was filmed on location at Charlotte
Motor Speedway, Talladega Speedway and the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The theme song was performed by Charlie Daniels.
Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, Full
NTSC, 95 min. (1983)
Patrick Swayze, Troy Donahue, Jamie Lee Curtis, and C. Thomas
Love triangle set in small town “Grandview, IL,”
featuring Curtis as the owner of the local demo derby venue and
Howell and Swayze vying for her affections.
(1984) Color, 97
with Steve McQueen,
and Elga Andersen
Steve McQueen is ideally cast as
a champion race car driver, participating in the famed 24-hour race
headquartered in Le Mans, France. Though dedicated to Going for the
Gold, McQueen finds time to romance widowed Elga Andersen. The
dramatic angle to this plot wrinkle is that McQueen may well have
been responsible for the death of Andersen's husband during a
previous car pile-up. Director John Sturges, who'd previously helmed
Steve McQueen's legendary motorcycle chase scenes in The Great
Escape, was originally slated to direct Le Mans, but withdrew from
the project; it was then taken over by Lee H. Katzin of The Phynx.
(Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide)
(1971) Color, 106 min.
Remastered May 2011
Taylor, Warren Oates, Laurie Bird & Dennis Wilson
racing east from L.A. in a souped-up ‘55 Chevy are the wayward
Driver and Mechanic (singer/songwriter James Taylor and the Beach
Boys’ Dennis Wilson, in their only acting roles), accompanied by a
tagalong Girl (Laurie Bird). Along the way, they meet Warren Oates,
a Pontiac GTO-driving wanderer, and challenge him to a cross-country
But no summary can do justice to the existential punch
of Two-Lane Blacktop. Maverick director Monte Hellman’s
stripped-down narrative, gorgeous widescreen compositions, and
sophisticated look at American male obsession make this one of the
artistic high points of 1970s cinema, and possibly the greatest road
movie ever made.
(1971) Runtime 102 min.
With Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges, Pam Grier,
Cleavon Little, Vincent Gardenia, and Richie Havens
film is based (more or less) on the true life story of Wendell
Scott, the first black stock car racing champion in America. The
decades-spanning story shows Scott enduring racial slurs, matching
heavily sponsored rivals with cars built from junkyard parts, and
surviving crashes engineered by competitors.
(1977) Color, 96
Warning: typical Richard Pryor language is not for
the faint-of-heart or politically correct!
Buck Privates Come Home
(Abbott & Costello)
Abbott, Lou Costello, Tom Brown, Joan Fulton, Nat Pendleton
Bud and Lou return to civilian life in this hysterical
slapstick adventure that Film Bulletin called “by far the most
hilarious comedy ever made by Abbott and Costello.”
Smith (Abbott) and Herbie Brown (Costello) are caught with Evey, a
young stowaway they have smuggled on board their ship when returning
from Army duty in Europe. Held by immigration authorities, Evey
manages to run away and finds Slicker and Herbie peddling “silk”
ties in Times Square. Just when they are about to be arrested, Evey
helps them escape. Deciding they need to find someone to adopt Evey,
they look for her “Aunt” Sylvia (Joan Fulton).
fiancé is a midget-car racer certain to win an upcoming race if he
can only get his car out of the garage, where it is being held for
unpaid bills. Pooling their cash, Slicker and Herbie are helping to
get the car on track when the police show up. Herbie accidentally
starts the car and leads the police on a madcap cross-country race
that’s become one of the most hilarious and memorable in film
(1947), B&W, 77 min.
Price: $20 .95
with James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves
Montand, and more.
Nine races. One champion. James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian
Bedford and Antonio Sabato portray Formula I drivers competing to be
the best in this slam-you-into-the-driver's seat tale of speed,
spectacle and intertwined personal lives. Eva Marie Saint and
Toshiro Mifune also star.
John Frankenheimer (who 32 years
later would again stomp the pedal to the metal for the car chases of
Ronin) directs this winner of 3 Academy Awards, crafting
split-screen images to capture the overlapping drama and
orchestrating you-are-there POV camerawork to intensify the
Nearly 30 top drivers take part in the
excitement, so buckle up, movie fans. Race with the best to the head
of the pack.
Originally released in 1966, it was re-mastered
in 2006 with many new features:
· New digital transfer from restored 65mm elements with a
soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
· "Pushing the Limit: The Making of Grand Prix" - 40th
Anniversary making-of documentary
· "Flat Out: Formula One in the Sixties" featurette
· "The Style and Sound of Speed" - a look at the style of
Saul Bass and the film's sound design
· "Brands Hatch: Behind the Checkered Flag" - Behind the
scenes tour of the famous raceway used in the movie
· "Grand Prix: Challenge of the Champions" - archival 1960s
featurette behind-the-scenes at the Grand Prix Theatrical trailer
Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Special
Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Runtime: 176 minutes
DVD Price: $14.95
With Kenny Rogers,
Diane Lane, and Erin Gray (1982, DVD
Kenny Rogers stars as Brewster Baker, a stock car driver chasing a
comeback until a gang of expert thieves steals his new engine. But
these are no ordinary car strippers: Brewster’s been boosted by a
teenage orphan (Oscar nominee
and her five car-crazy young brothers.
The kids are on the run from a crooked
Texas sheriff. Brewster needs a top team of
fast mechanics. From small Southern speedways to the NASCAR Grand
Nationals, can the most unlikely pit crew in racing history take
Baker all the way to the checkered flag?
Anthony Michael Hall (The
Breakfast Club, The Dead Zone), Erin Gray (Silver
Spoons), Barry Corbin (One
Tree Hill) and Terry Kiser (Weekend
At Bernie’s) co-star in this warm and funny family comedy
featuring a hot soundtrack of country hits by Kenny Rogers, Crystal
Gayle, Merle Haggard and more.
Color, 108 min.
DVD Price: $14.95
Hot Rods to Hell
Andrews, Jeanne Crain, Mimsy Farmer, Laurie Mock
“These kids have nowhere to go, and they want to get
there at 150 miles an hour.” So says a cop about the kids looking
for kicks in their souped-up Hot Rods to Hell. Sam Katzman produced
this fast-driving drive-in special. Dana Andrews and Jeanne Crain
play a straight-arrow couple whose family road trip to a new life in
the West becomes a running game of “chicken” with pedal-to=the medal
teens. Shout, swerve, gesture, blow your horn, blow your stack – the
kids won’t relent. Buckle up. This is where the cult-movie rubber
meets the road.
(1967) Color, 92 min.
with Annette Funicello, Fabian, Diane
McBain, Warren Berlinger, Jan Murray
serious accident, a stock car racer joins a "Thrill Circus" where he
performs stunts for amusement, but begins to yearn for his
professional career again – and the girl helps him get there.
(1967) Color, 90 min.
With Nick Adams, Jeannine Riley, Norman Alden,
“Ace” Jones had been to the top
of the dirt track circuits… but fortunes change. Ace was down and
looking for a way out. Would he turn his back on a chance for one
more big win?
Fever Heat was Nick Adams’ last film (Rebel without a
Cause, Picnic, Mr. Roberts among others) before his untimely death.
He is joined by a strong cast, including Jeannine Riley (Petticoat
Junction) in this passionate look at the skill and intrigue of the
roots of auto racing, the dirt oval.
Color, 109 min.
To Please a Lady
with Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck,
Adolphe Menjou, Will Geer
A ruthless race-car
driver falls for a crusading journalist out to clean up the sport.
(1950) B&W, 91 min.
with Frankie Avalon,
Annette Funicello, Chill Wills, Harvey Lembeck
Two race car drivers vie for the same girl as they
compete in a cross-country race.
(1966) Color, 92 min.
with Tony Danza, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert Wuhl, and Fran Drescher,
Written and directed by Floyd
Mutrux (American Hot Wax) The Hollywood Knights was an
American Graffiti-like comedy that recounted the antics of a gang of
high school students on Halloween night 1965. The film features
great music from the 1950s and ’60s. Signed to star was a cast of
young actors who would achieve greater fame in the years to come:
Tony Danza Michelle Pfeiffer Fran Drescher, and Robert Wuhl.
THE CROWD ROARS
with James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ann
Dvorak, Eric Linden
motor-racing champion Joe Greer returns to his hometown to compete
in a local race. He discovers his younger brother has aspirations to
become a racing champion and during the race Joe loses his nerve
when another driver his killed, leaving his brother to win. Joe's
luck takes a plunge whilst his brother rises to height of fame.
(1932) B&W, 85 min.
The World's Fastest
Anthony Hopkins, Iain Rea, Tessa Mitchell
The story of New Zealander Burt Monro who broke the land-speed world
record at the Bonneville Salt Flats on his rebuilt 1920 Indian
Color, 127 min, (2006)
2-Disc Collector's Edition
Golden Globe and Emmy nominee
Barry Pepper is perfectly cast as NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt in the
ESPN original movie “3”
Growing up in the shadow of his father Ralph, Dale Earnhardt is
driven to prove that his dreams of professional racing can be a
reality. But when his own son, Dale Jr., wants to follow in his
footsteps, Dale reacts the same way as his stubborn father – until a
moving realization helps both him and his son fulfill their
destinies on the track.
From his humble beginnings to the triumph and tragedy of his career,
this true-life story provides a thrilling look at the man called
“The Intimidator” by rivals and friends alike. Packed with hours of
exclusive bonus footage and interviews from the ESPN archives, this
2-disc special edition DVD is the ultimate account of racing’s
- Exclusive Interviews
With Dale Earnhardt
- An Inside Look At The Legend
- Spectacular Racing
Footage From Dale's Best Races On ESPN
- The Making Of "3"
- Documentary On
The Life & Legacy Of Dale Earnhardt
- And Much More!
Run Time – 395 Minutes
with Mickey Rooney, Thomas
Mitchell, Mary Hatcher, Michael O'Shea, Spring Byington
mechanic alienates everyone who loves him when he becomes a champion
race car driver.
(1949) B&W, 92
Newman, Joanne Woodward, Robert Wagner,
Fast cars, a hot romance and a
behind-the-scenes look at the world famous Indy 500 - Winning has it
all. It stars Paul Newman as Frank Capua, a hotshot race car driver
who will do anything to win. However, this obsession nearly causes
him to lose his wife, Elora (Joanne Woodward), and his friendship
with arch-rival Luther Erding (Robert Wagner) along the way.
1969, Winning features a believable personal drama, spectacular
footage of the 1968 Indy 500 with its famous 17-car pileup and a
biting look at the people who make their living in the fast lane. It
also marks the screen debut of Richard Thomas, who went on to become
television's John-Boy of The Waltons.
(1969) Color, 123 min.
with Kyle MacLachlan, Randy Quaid, Maria
del Mar, Alex Carter
Sparks fly when daredevil
moonshine runner Jed Muldoon (Kyle MacLachlan) clashes head on with
a ruthless sheriff (Randy Quaid) who has a personal score to settle.
Muldoon’s need for speed turns into a thrilling race for his life
after he begins an affair with the wrong woman – the sheriff’s
Color, 96 min.
Roar of the Crowd
with Howard Duff, Helene Stanley, Dave
Willock, Louise Arthur
“Johnny Tracy, son of
veteran race driver Pop Tracy, is working his way up on the racing
circuit, but is urged by his sweetheart, Marcy Parker, to give up
the track if he wants to marry her. He persuades her to marry him on
the promise that he will quit after racing once in the Indianapolis
500, but he is injured in a qualifying race and goes to work as a
spark plug salesman for Mackey, an old family friend. He is a
failure at selling but Marcy changes her attitude towards his
racing, and he qualifies for the 500. Race-car drivers Johnnie
Parsons, Duke Nalon, Manuel Ayulo (not the actor Manuel Ayuso) and
Henry Banks play themselves.” (Les Adams).
(1953) Color, 71
Thunder in Dixie
with Harry Millard, Judy Lewis,
Nancy Berg, Mike Bradford
In Atlanta's "Dixie
400," racer Ticker Welsh competes against his former partner Mickey
Arnold. The sullen Ticker blames Mickey for the death of his
fiancée, Edna, 3 months earlier, and intends to revenge himself
during the race. Ticker's new girl friend, the widowed Karen
Hallett, attempts to dissuade him, as does Mickey's wife, Lili, but
Ticker is obdurate. Mickey discloses Edna's infidelity the night of
the auto accident, further enraging his old friend. During the
"Dixie 400" Ticker's anger backfires and he is injured, while Mickey
wins the race. At the hospital Mickey and Ticker renew their
friendship, and Karen declares her love for the injured racer.
(1965) B&W, 76 min.
with Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin
Smith, Cindy Williams
A look at one hectic
night in the life of a group of high school friends just before they
go off to college, jobs, or the army in 1962. The film ranks No. 77
on the American Film Institute's list of all-time greatest American
This Special Edition includes a documentary, "The Making of American
Graffiti" featuring interviews with director George Lucas, executive
producer 'Francis Coppola' and other cast and crew members,
never-before-seen screen tests, and production photographs.
(1973) Color, 110 min.
with Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn,
Jacqueline Bisset, Don Gordon, Robert Duvall
When mobsters kill the witness he was assigned to protect, a
dedicated policeman investigates the case on his own. Steve
McQueen's on target in the definitive police/action thriller,
featuring one of the screen's great car chases through San Francisco
(1968) Color, 114 min.
Days of Thunder
with Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman,
Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes
Trickle enters the high-pressure world of NASCAR racing. He's a hot
driver with a hot temper, and this attitude gets him into trouble
not only with other drivers, but members of his own team as well.
(1990) Color, 107 min.
Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
with Peter Fonda, Susan
George, Adam Roarke, Kenneth Tobey, Eugene Daniels
Mary and Larry are two lovers who, with Larry's ace
mechanic, kidnap the daughter of a grocery story owner, and make off
with the ransom. They are chased over hill, over dale by the cops,
who deploy everything from 426 Hemis to helicopters to stop Larry's
Dodge Charger. Special features in Supercharger Edition include:
Ride the Wild Side: An all-new documentary featuring interviews with
director John Hough and stars Peter Fonda and Susan George; 1969
Dodge Charger commercial; Commentary with director John Hough,
moderated by Perry Martin; Talent Bios; Theatrical trailers; TV &
radio spots; Poster & still gallery.
(1974) Color, 93 min.
Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Tita Colorado,
Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson stars with Peter
Fonda and Dennis Hopper (who also directs) in this
unconventional classic which Time hails as "one of the
ten most important pictures of the decade." Experience
the real, uncensored ‘60s counterculture in this
compelling mixture of drugs, sex and armchair politics.
In the role that catapulted him to stardom, Jack
Nicholson portrays an alcoholic attorney who hooks up
with two part-time, drug-dealing motorcyclists (Fonda
and Hopper) in search of their "American Dream."
Heading from California to New Orleans, they sample
the highs and lows of America the Beautiful in a
stoned-out quest for life's true meaning. Nominated for
an Academy Award (1969) for Best Screenplay (written by
Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern), Easy
Rider continues to touch a chord with audiences of all
ages. Includes Making-Of Featurette: Easy Rider: Shaking
the Cage featuring new interviews with Peter Fonda,
Dennis Hopper and more.
(1969) Color, 95 min.
(a.k.a. Rebel of the Road)
with Gregg Henry, Pernell
Roberts, Robin Mattson, Grant Goodeve, Robert Culp,
plot in this one has our hero Brian Addison (Henry)
heading to the fictional Munn's Rootbeer Drag Race
Nationals held in Lyons, California (the racing scenes
were filmed at Fremont, CA). Addison is driving a 1965
Plymouth that is short on looks but is filled with a
fire-breathing 426-Hemi. Meanwhile, papa-Munn (Culp) has
the drag races fixed so that his kid, Sonny Munn
(Goodeve), will win the races and go on to certain
fame-and-fortune. How does he do that? Every competitor
that doesn't run a Munn's decal on his car gets harassed
by the local corrupt cops. Addison immediately develops
an adversarial relationship with Sonny Munn, who drives
a hopped-up 1969 Olds Cutlass. Their first confrontation
in a street race results in Addison's Plymouth being
destroyed in a crash. A sympathetic junkyard owner gives
Addison a 1941 Willys if he promises to beat the hated
Munns. The speed-shop owner throws in a 6-71 GMC blower
just for kicks, and Brian installs the Hemi engine from
the Plymouth into the Willys. Well, alright! Sonny Munn,
with the cops’ help, then steals the Willys and blows
the Hemi by over-revving it. Brian's only hope is to
steal another Hemi engine out of a local police car so
that he can continue to race. Lyons, CA, apparently is
the only place on the planet with Hemi-engined AMC
Matador police cars, but don't get sidetracked with
details… Does he eventually defeat Sonny Munn in the
Nationals to preserve the honor of good guys everywhere?
Do you have to ask? The story is preposterous, the
acting is horrible, and the writing is ridiculous, but
this one is still a must-see!
Red Line 7000
with James Caan, Laura
Devon, Gail Hire, Charlene Holt, John Robert Crawford
The story of three racing drivers and the three
women who constantly have to worry for the lives of
their boyfriends. Jim Loomis and Mike Marsh drive for
Pat Cassarian. Jim is expecting his fiancée Holly, but
before she arrives, he dies in a race. Since she hasn't
got the money to travel back, she stays. The young and
very ambitious talent Ned Arp joins the team and
immediately starts wooing Pat's sister Julie. Third in
the team is womanizer Dan McCall, who brings with him
his current girlfriend Gabrielle from Paris. So the
basic theme of this soap is "Who with whom?"
(1965) Color, 110 min.
Holiday Special: $7.95
with Nick Nolte, Michelle
Phillips, Stuart Margolin, Vic Morrow, Martin Sheen
A forgotten action gem about a young
man (Sheen) who faces off against the sinister sheriff
(Morrow) who killed his brother. Featuring the most
daring and amazing car chases this side of Bullitt, The
California Kid burns rubber with a dynamite cast,
including Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte. Vic Morrow
turns in one of his finest performances as the twisted
sheriff, a man with nasty habits that must be seen to be
believed. A wonderful, action-packed film, filled with
exotic antique cars and beautiful mountain vistas.
(1974) Color, 74 min.
Thunder in Carolina
With Rory Calhoun, Alan Hale,
stock car racer (Rory Calhoun) is fast on the track and
faster with the women in his life, leading to action on
and off the speedway. Calhoun is forced to retire after
a nasty crash that left one leg permanently injured.
With nothing much to do, Calhoun takes a young garage
owner, John Gentry, under his wing and teaches the eager
mechanic how to race. Gentry soon becomes obsessed with
racing and practically forces his beautiful wife, Connie
Hines (Mister Ed), into Calhoun’s arms after he
(Gentry) has become smitten with a racetrack groupie.
Realizing that he has made a mistake, Calhoun cooks up a
plan to snap Gentry back to reality, and reunite him
with his wife. Alan Hale Jr. (Gilligan s Island’s
beloved The Skipper) is the happy-go-lucky mechanic.
Filmed on the same South Carolina track as Tom
Cruise’s Days of Thunder thirty years later,
the Southern 500 was considered the World Series of
Stock Car Racing. Appearances by Buck Baker, Joe
Caspolich, Neil Castles, Sr., Joe Eubanks, Shep Langdon,
Francis Thompson, Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly.
(1963) Color, 92 min.
Mitchum, Gene Barry, Jacques Aubuchon, Keely Smith
Transporting illegal alcohol over dark two-lane
mountain highways, Lucas Doolin (Robert Mitchum) races
wildly through the night, crashing road blocks and
outrunning ambushes, defying anyone who tries to stop
him. A man has a right to do anything, he says,
including making whiskey, as long as he makes it on his
own land. But when ruthless racketeers muscle in on
Doolin's territory and kill one of his men in the
process, the Kentucky bootlegger declares war, fiercely
determined to maintain his hard-won business and
independence...even if it costs him his life.
Boasting breathtaking auto chase scenes and a superb
performance from Robert Mitchum, Thunder Road is
breathtaking excitement, the most exhilarating road
thriller of them all.
(1958) B&W, 92 min.