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Fireball 500 -- Melodrama about stock car racing has driver Frankie Avalon getting mixed up with moonshiners when he pauses in a southern town to do some racing.  Fabian is the local playboy who provides competition for Avalon on and off the track while Annette Funicello is the love interest.


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Leo Townsend (written by)
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Release Date:
7 June 1966 (USA) See more »
They're Running Hot! See more »
Stock car racer Dave Owens plays into the hands of whiskey runners by agreeing to drive in a cross-country road race... See more » | Add synopsis »
(4 articles)
Annette Funicello obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 10 April 2013, 2:18 AM, PDT)

Annette Funicello Dies at 70
 (From Variety - TV News. 8 April 2013, 10:14 AM, PDT)

Annette Funicello dies at 70
 (From Variety - Film News. 8 April 2013, 10:14 AM, PDT)

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Frankie Avalon ... Dave Owens

Annette Funicello ... Jane Harris

Fabian ... Sonny Leander

Chill Wills ... Big Jaw Harris

Harvey Lembeck ... Charlie Bigg
Julie Parrish ... Martha
Douglas Henderson ... Agent Hastings (as Doug Henderson)
Baynes Barron ... Agent Bronson
Sandy Reed ... The Announcer

Mary Hughes ... 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)
Hedy Scott ... Leander Fan

Linda Bent ... Leander Fan

Len Lesser ... Man in Garage
Luree Holmes ... Race Girl
Renie Riano ... Marthy (as Renee Riano)
Sue Hamilton ... Farmer's Daughter
R.L. Armstrong ... Herman's Friend (as Tex Armstrong)
Jason Johnson ... Herman
Paul Napier

Michael Nader ... Joey (as Mike Nader)
Billy Beck ... Jobber
Ed Garner ... The Farmer
Carol Byron
Bill Putney

Vin Scully ... The Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Brack ... Race Driver (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
William Asher 
Writing credits
William Asher (written by) and
Leo Townsend (written by)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... producer
Gene McCabe .... associate producer
James H. Nicholson .... producer
Burt Topper .... co-producer
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Fred R. Feitshans Jr.  (as Fred Feitshans)
Eve Newman 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
Makeup Department
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist
Ray Forman .... hair stylist (as Ray Foreman)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dale Hutchinson .... assistant director
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... properties
Ross Hahn .... construction coordinator
Richard M. Rubin .... properties
Sound Department
Don Rush .... sound mixer
Gene Corso .... sound effects (uncredited)
James M. Falkinburg .... sound effects (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Frank DeMarco .... special effects
Ronnie Dayton .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jacques R. Marquette .... process photographer (as Jacques Marquette)
Jack Beckett .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Jacobsen .... electrician (uncredited)
John Monte .... still photographer (uncredited)
Fred C. Pearce .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Guy Hemric .... additional songs
Milton Lustig .... music editor
Al Simms .... musical supervisor
Jerry Styner .... additional songs
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Jack W. Cash .... assistant to producer (as Jack Cash)
Charles Murray .... technical advisor
James H. Nicholson .... presenter
Christopher Riordan .... choreographer (as Ronnie Riordan)
George Barris .... car customizer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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92 min
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The "Fireball 500" is a heavily customized 1966 Plymouth Barracuda, with a relatively-bland 273 V-8 engine.See more »
Continuity: Frankie Avalons Moonshine car is a blue 2 door. But when he crashes, the car that is shown upside down after the wreck is a 4 door.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Love Bug (1968)See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A very good movie would like to purchase, can't find, 25 October 1998
Author: ace-44 from wasilla alaska usa

I like the way the movie portrayed the moonshiners, and the way they influenced the early stock car racers. The musical theme was the wave of the era. This movie had a lot of the same themes as some of the Elvis movies.

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