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Hot Rods to Hell (1967)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 27 January 1967 (USA)
While on a business trip just before Christmas, Tom Phillips gets into a car accident, which was caused by the reckless driving of the other car involved. Although Tom suffered no paralysis... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Tom Phillips
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Peg Phillips
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Gloria
Laurie Mock ...
Tina Phillips
Paul Bertoya ...
Duke
Gene Kirkwood ...
Ernie
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Jamie Phillips (as Tim Stafford)
George Ives ...
Lank Dailey
Hortense Petra ...
Wife at Picnic
William Mims ...
Man at Picnic
Paul Genge ...
Policeman
Peter Oliphant ...
Little Boy
Harry Hickox ...
Bill Phillips
Charles P. Thompson ...
Charley
Mickey Rooney Jr. ...
Combo Leader
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While on a business trip just before Christmas, Tom Phillips gets into a car accident, which was caused by the reckless driving of the other car involved. Although Tom suffered no paralysis from his back injury, he did come out of the accident with a chronic back problem which results in him not being able to continue with his current work, and a mental block having anything to do with the accident, including Christmas music, driving in general and the sounds of screeching tires and breaking glass. The Phillips - Tom, his wife Peg, and their two children, teenager Tina and pre-teen Jamie - end up moving from their Boston home and buying a motel in Mayville in the California desert. Tom would be physically able to do the work required running a motel, and the dry heat is good for his back. But as they approach Mayville, they encounter a bunch of reckless hot rodders named Duke, Ernie and Gloria. Since Tom scolds them about their reckless behavior, they decide to make the Phillips' ... Written by Huggo

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A One-Way Ride to Excitement! Fast Cars ... Faster Girls ... The Faster The Better! See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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27 January 1967 (USA)  »

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52 Miles to Terror  »

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Final film of veteran director John Brahm. See more »

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In the garage scene, a placard can be seen showing the name of the proprietor spelled "Charlie's". In the final credits, the character is billed as "Charley". See more »

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Highway Patrol officer: Do you know what he did with that ticket I gave him? He and his son played tic-tac-toe on the back of it. You'd think people would grow up enough to know that the law doesn't belong to the cops; it belongs to them!
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''Call Them Punks... Call Them Animals...'
13 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

''Hot Rods To Hell is really a good look at late sixties culture. The acting by onetime stars Dana Andrews and Jeanne Crain, is fine. They are well supported by Mimsy Farmer and Laurie Mock, both of whom would soon be seen in ''Riot On Sunset Strip'' that same year. The Sam Katzman production may be low budget, but it still looks decent. the Fred Karger score is suitably dramatic. The songs are...(oh well, you can't have everything) undoubtedly an oldster's idea of ''rock and roll'' though the authors also wrote material for Elvis! It moves pretty fast, both in the theatrical version which ran 90 minutes, and the 100 minute version first seen on ABC.TCM has the latter print, and shows it occasionally from time to time. Strangely enough, TNT used to run the theatrical one. One critic, in his review stated ''Jeanne Crain is still lovely to look at.'' She was, indeed. An enjoyable film.


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