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Fireball 500
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Director:
Writers:
William Asher (written by) and
Leo Townsend (written by)
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Release Date:
7 June 1966 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They're Running Hot! See more »
Plot:
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 »
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(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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Cast

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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
Eddie Gray
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
 
Stunts
Ronnie Dayton .... stunts (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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Runtime:
92 min
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Color:
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Average Shot Length = ~4.5 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~4.4 seconds.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Love Bug (1968)See more »
Soundtrack:
Step Right UpSee more »

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
DampSquib 500, 19 April 2006
Author: vandino1 from United States

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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