Arny joins a hot rod club, but his eccentric mannerisms (a Marlon Brando rip-off performance from "The Wild One" by look-alike Hartunian) make him unpopular. At a party, Terry rebukes him ... See full summary »
Arny joins a hot rod club, but his eccentric mannerisms (a Marlon Brando rip-off performance from "The Wild One" by look-alike Hartunian) make him unpopular. At a party, Terry rebukes him for his coarseness and centers her attention on another boy. A fight between the two men is stopped by Jim Lawrence, but Ray Johnson, pretending friendship with Arny, keeps the antagonism going and tries to win Terry for himself. Driving home, Hank and Terry are harassed by a hot rod which they think is driver by Arny. Swerving to avoid a collision, they are thrown from the car, and Hank is killed and Terry badly injured and unconscious. Ray, the actual driver of the hot rod, carries Terry to his car, but frightened by approaching vehicles, he returns her to the wreckage and flees. All, including Terry, blame Arny for the wreck, but there is no proof. Vindictive club members destroy Arny's car and beat him mercilessly. He rebuild his car for the big race. Terry goes to the race with Ray and, in his ... Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I love the JD genre, and Hot Rod Rumble is definitely at the top for me.
Big Arnie is a tough guy (but not a bully, he's a decent guy) who was dumped by his chick for being too rough around the edges. His car club "The Road Devils" don't like him, but they keep him because he's their best driver. (The team captain, however, has a soft spot for Arnie.) And Arnie pretty much has just one best friend, who keeps on screwing him over behind his back, including going after his chick, who merely calls him an "imitation" of Big Arnie.
After a fatal car accident is erroneously blamed on Arnie, the whole town is against him. His chick hates him, His car club hates him, his parents don't believe him, the cops are looking to bust him, he gets fired from his job...but he has to hold it all together in order to win that big check by winning the big car race.
The guy who plays Big Arnie definitely has the role down. The film has pretty much a zero budget but the cast go through their roles with enthusiasm. There are awesome cars everywhere and a "hip" soundtrack.
Hot Rod Rumble definitely deserves a DVD release, as it's a fun entry in the JD genre. It's little films like this in my opinion, and there are a lot of them, that are much more fun to watch than stuff like Rebel Without a Cause. Definitely seek this gem out.
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