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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

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 | Sport

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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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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

In shots of both Frankie Avalon and Fabian leaving the pit stop they show a shot of the drivers feet working the clutch pedal. The pedals go down thru the floor. Mid 60's cars pedals went up under the dash. See more »

Quotes

Dave: You know it's funny. There you are, laying there like a loser but yet you've got all the chips in front of you. You busted the game Leander.
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Connections

Featured in Plages des 60's: Malibu: Surf Forever (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Fireball 500
by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
Sung by Frankie Avalon (uncredited)
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Nice try at something different
11 January 2006 | by (Azusa, CA) – See all my reviews

Bill Asher and Samuel Z. Arkoff & James Nicholson at American International give "Fireball 500" the old college try. They gave their stock beach party ensemble (minus a few of the usual screw crew such as John Ashley, Donna Loren and Jody McCrea) something heavier and darker to try.

This is more like an early '60s Elvis film than one of the zany Beach flicks. It's a serious film. There's no comic relief to be found anywhere. Only a couple songs sung on stage instead of on the sand and in the surf or dorm.

Also, guys like Harvey Lembeck get the opportunity to stretch and play a something far different from his legendary Rats motorcycle gang leader, Erich Von Zipper. In this one, he is not his ideal - ha-ha!

Frankie Avalon is a stock car driver with a past coerced into going undercover and runnig moonshine for Harvey Lembeck. Annette Funicello is to be fought over, but Frankie doesn't get her as usual! How about that! In fact, they don't even really like each other in this one.

If you see it, don't expect a sequel to "Beach Blanket Bingo" because it's not. Take it on its own terms.


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