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Fireball 500 (1966)

Unrated | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 7 June 1966 (USA)
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

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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
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Martha
Douglas Henderson ...
Agent Hastings (as Doug Henderson)
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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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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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7 June 1966 (USA)  »

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Bola de Fogo 500  »

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2.35 : 1
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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

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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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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DampSquib 500
19 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

AIP and William Asher (his day job doing 'Bewitched') grab those Beach Blanket Bores Annette & Frankie and put them into the stock racing milieu. Surprise: Frankie romances Julie Parrish instead of Annette, while Annette stays true to Fabian. No surprise: both Frankie and Annette sing. Blah. Then there is Harvey Lembeck dropping the Erich Von Zipper-shtick in order to play an ordinary villain; in this case a race car shop owner doing some roughhouse bootlegging on the side. There's a weird intro of claymation cavemen (who also reappear at the end) and lots of race car footage (appealing, I guess, to nostalgic stock car aficionados). As usual, the other women strut their stuff while Annette remains smothered in clothing up to her chin. The only funny thing in this carbon monoxide-weary enterprise is watching Frankie Avalon try and play it tough. The sight of this tiny man with a huge foamy thatch of hair thicker than his body engaging in fight scenes and tough talk is a hoot.


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