to get film buff
Joyce Standridge’s take on these
classic automotive movies.
Ford vs. Ferrari
Christian Bale, Matt Damon
As Enzo Ferrari's fast Rosso-Corsa racing cars dominate the
mid-1960s motorsport world, the American car designer, Carroll
Shelby, is forced to retire after winning the demanding 1959 24
Hours of Le Mans endurance race. But, before long, an unexpected
proposition by the Vice President of Henry Ford's motor company, Lee
Iacocca, will offer an opportunity to beat the Italians at their own
Now, under those pressing circumstances, the British
sports car driver and racing engineer, Ken Miles, reluctantly agrees
to lend a hand and improve the firm's image, as Ford's race team has
less than ninety days to rewrite history. As a result, the
non-conformist duo comes up with the mighty Ford GT40 Mk I
high-performance racing car. Can Shelby and Miles break Ferrari's
Color, 2 hr., 32 min. (2019)
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
with Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried
Through his bond with his owner, aspiring Formula One
race car driver Denny Swift, golden retriever Enzo learns that the
techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully
navigate the journey of life.
THE LAST AMERICAN HERO
(AKA Hard Driver)
Back in Stock!
Bridges, Valerie Perrine, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ned Beatty, Gary
Busey, among others.
This is 5 stars if you are a true
race fan, a classic movie based on the younger days of Junior
(1973) Color, 94 min.
John Travolta & Rosabell Laurenti Sellers
Veteran race car driver Sam Munroe and his son, a fellow driver from
a small town, overcome family and professional conflicts, balancing
competition, ego, resentment and a racing nemesis to come out
stronger on the other side.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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: $19.95
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.
with Nick Adams, Jeannine Riley, Norman Alden,
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.
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.
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
A mechanic alienates everyone who
loves him when he becomes a champion race car driver.
with Paul Newman, Joanne
Woodward, Robert Wagner, Richard Thomas
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 estranged wife.
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) 71 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 movies.
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 streets.
(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.
Rebel of the Road)
Henry, Pernell Roberts, Robin Mattson, Grant Goodeve,
Robert Culp, Ed Begley Jr.
The 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.