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Fireball 500 (1966)

Unrated  |   |  Action, Comedy, Drama  |  7 June 1966 (USA)
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Stock car racer Dave Owens plays into the hands of whiskey runners by agreeing to drive in a cross-country road race. He is assisted by Jane Harris and Sonny Leander Fox. Soon Dave and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dave Owens
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Jane Harris
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Sonny Leander
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Big Jaw Harris
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Charlie Bigg
Julie Parrish ...
Martha
Douglas Henderson ...
Agent Hastings (as Doug Henderson)
Baynes Barron ...
Agent Bronson
Sandy Reed ...
The Announcer
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Leander Fan
Salli Sachse ...
Leander Fan
Patti Chandler ...
Leander Fan
Jo Collins ...
Leander Fan
Karla Conway ...
Leander Fan
Maria McBane ...
Leander Fan (as Marie McBane)
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Storyline

Stock car racer Dave Owens plays into the hands of whiskey runners by agreeing to drive in a cross-country road race. He is assisted by Jane Harris and Sonny Leander Fox. Soon Dave and Sonny begin a friendly rivalry for Jane. Track action filmed at the Ascot and Saugus Raceways near Los Angeles, local color shot in Charlotte, North Carolina. Written by alfiehitchie

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They'll take a curve...ANY curve. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Drama

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7 June 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bola de Fogo 500  »

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Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~4.5 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~4.4 seconds. See more »

Goofs

When the 99 car goes over the guardrail at Daytona, two fireball explosions happen underneath the car shooting flames up into the air, one on the track side of the guardrail and one on the far side behind the guardrail. Neither explosion had any reason for being other than visual additions to the crash. See more »

Quotes

Jane: Is Dave in trouble?
Leander: Yeah, I think so.
Jane: This may sound like a foolish feminine question but why don't you help him?
Leander: I can't. He's doing it to himself.
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Featured in The Love Bug (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

A Chance Like That
by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
Sung by Frankie Avalon (uncredited)
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Reckless Driving 101
11 April 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Leaving the beach behind, drag racing Frankie Avalon (as Dave Owens) and statuesque Annette Funicello (as Jane Harris) get involved with bootlegging racer Fabian (as Sonny Leander Fox). Pretty Julie Parrish (as Martha Brian) is Mr. Avalon's main squeeze this time around; in one of the film's few memorably bad scenes, she gets a firm grip on shirtless Avalon's buttocks. In a related move, Fabian's fan club, the "Eager Beavers" express devotion on their derrières. Chill Wills is (as Big Jaw) and Harvey Lembeck (as Charlie Bigg) are among the unfortunate supporting cast. Director William Asher's American International team absolutely needed a change of pace, but "Fireball 500" was about as unnecessary a postscript as could be produced.


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