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Fireball 500 (1966)

 -  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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The guys who drive faster, love harder and swing harder than anyone else on earth! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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7 June 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bola de Fogo 500  »

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Trivia

The "Fireball 500" is a heavily customized 1966 Plymouth Barracuda, with a relatively-bland 273 V-8 engine. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the Daytona race both drivers swerve around crashed 50s cars. But the main race shots were filmed in the mid 60s with no older cars in any footage. Then Fabians car which was a mid 60s blue and white Plymouth becomes an early 60s car in monotone blue as he crashes over the guardrail. See more »

Quotes

Dave: Bend is just up ahead. That's where we might get the treatment.
Leander: Well if we do, remember there's no chickens in this coupe.
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Connections

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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Stockcars and sourmash
18 September 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

"Beach Party" leads Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, and Harvey Lembeck do what they can with C-minus material involving an ace stockcar racer who gets involved with moonshiners; the Internal Revenue wants him to work both sides, but he's more interested in finding out who's thwarting the midnight runs by playing chicken with the drivers. Barely involving 'grown up' effort from American International, not as good as their later stockcar comedy-drama "Thunder Alley", however Avalon and Annette both get to sing (his number, "My Way" is one of the best tunes Avalon ever got in an AIP film). There's a pretty good brawl between Frankie and Harvey Lembeck, but Fabian, as Frankie's nemesis, is under-used, as is Annette. Good photography by Floyd Crosby, cute opening Claymation segment by Clokey Films, but the story is so muddled we never know where we stand with these one-dimensional characters. *1/2 from ****


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