Down 18,967 this week

The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Music, Western  |  1 September 1967 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.4/10 from 233 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 6 critic

The South is losing the Civil War and the coffers are nearly empty. A group of Confederate spies steals a shipment of gold in San Francisco and attempts to deliver it to a Confederate ... See full summary »


(as Michael Moore)


0Check in

Fall TV: 15 Returning TV Shows Worth Binge Watching

Which returning shows do we recommend binging on? We've picked out 15 great options for you. Read this and more lists in our Fall TV section.

Read our list

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 4618 titles
created 15 Jan 2013
a list of 66 titles
created 02 Sep 2014
a list of 1406 titles
created 9 months ago
a list of 27 titles
created 9 months ago
a list of 505 titles
created 5 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967)

The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967) on IMDb 4.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Fastest Guitar Alive.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Night Nurse (1931)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A nurse enlists the help of a petty criminal to foil a sinister plot to murder two children.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

Singer Roy Orbison performs with such musicians as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits, among others, in a 1940s-type nightclub setting.

Director: Tony Mitchell
Stars: Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett
Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Rick Richards is a helicopter pilot who wants to set up a charter flying service in Hawaii -- along the way he makes some friends, including a young Hawaiian girl and her father, romances Judy Hudson, and sings a few songs.

Director: Michael D. Moore
Stars: Elvis Presley, Suzanna Leigh, James Shigeta
Roadie (1980)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A young Texas good ol' boy has a knack with electronic equipment, and that talent gets him a job as a roadie with a raucous traveling rock-and-roll show.

Director: Alan Rudolph
Stars: Meat Loaf, Kaki Hunter, Art Carney
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A former bounty hunter teams up with a younger one, to track down and kill the wanted gang leader who murdered his wife and little boy.

Director: Michael D. Moore
Stars: Robert Lansing, Patrick Wayne, Slim Pickens
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him.

Director: Russell Rouse
Stars: Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain, Broderick Crawford
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After the Nazi administrator of Czechoslovakia is shot, his assassin tries to elude the Gestapo and struggles with his impulse to give himself up as hostages are executed.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Anna Lee
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance.

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy
Crash (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas
Ed Wood (1994)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An ambitious but troubled movie director tries his best to fulfill his dream, despite his lack of support.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker


Cast overview, first billed only:
Sammy Jackson ...
Maggie Pierce ...
Flo Chesnut
Joan Freeman ...
Sue Chesnut
Ben Cooper ...
Ben Lessy ...
Indian Chief
Douglas Kennedy ...
Len Hendry ...
1st Indian
Domingo Samudio ...
1st Expressman (as Sam the Sham)
Wilda Taylor ...


The South is losing the Civil War and the coffers are nearly empty. A group of Confederate spies steals a shipment of gold in San Francisco and attempts to deliver it to a Confederate general in El Paso. Others know about the gold and seek to steal it from them, but the spies have a secret weapon: a guitar that shoots bullets.... Written by George S. Davis

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


America's hottest singing star on the screen at last! (original print ads) See more »


Comedy | Music | Western


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

1 September 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Violão Heróico  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Elvis Presley was the first choice for the role of Johnny Banner, but he turned down the offer. See more »


Referenced in The Best of Bandstand: The Superstars (1987) See more »


Rollin' On
Composed by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees
Performed by Roy Orbison (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Bad script, good intentions
21 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, the movie "The Fastest Guitar Alive" was terrible and Roy Orbison was not an actor. But just like anything else, you must practice to be good at whatever you choose to do. Elvis at first, was not good, but he got better, but then the roles got worse.Roy should have studied first before going before the camera.Granted, he would not have been a matinée idol, but who knows what could have happened if he would have continued with acting.Most big name actors started out in bad movies and acted badly, but as time went on, they learned their craft and some went on to win Oscars.One of the first roles that Clint Eastwood had was a lab assistant in "The Revenge Of The Creature", and you know what happened in his career.One of the biggest problems with "The Fastest Guitar Alive" is that it should not have been trying to be a musical.It just didn't work and the movie seemed to have too many things going on. But don't blame the actors for a bad script, they just made the mistake of being in the movie.And don't be too hard on Roy. He was new to movie making and didn't have anyone to guide him. He gave it a shot and we have to give him credit for that.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Soundtrack'Fastest Guitar Alive' greggordon
Fastest Guitar Alive material albert-ballast
Anyone know what the Soundtrack on LP is worth? roxie-boyd Bear85
Coming to the WB Archive Wailmer1990
Orbison's acting. elvisleeboy
Discuss The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: