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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:
Tom Phillips
Peg Phillips
Laurie Mock ...
Tina Phillips
Paul Bertoya ...
Gene Kirkwood ...
Jamie Phillips (as Tim Stafford)
George Ives ...
Lank Dailey
Hortense Petra ...
Wife at Picnic
William Mims ...
Man at Picnic
Peter Oliphant ...
Little Boy
Harry Hickox ...
Bill Phillips
Charles Thompson ...
Charley (as Charles P. Thompson)
Mickey Rooney Jr. ...
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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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motel | christmas | desert | hot rod | trip | See All (27) »


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Action | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

27 January 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

52 Miles to Terror  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The featured "Hot Rod to Hell" is a modified 1958 Chevrolet Corvette. Modifications include the removal of the front grille and bumper and the addition of the roll bar and Halibrand mag wheels. The amount of blue smoke trailing the car in many of the shots suggests the engine was burning oil and close to failure. See more »


At 1:29.06, Tom has ripped the boards off of the door after noticing that there is a phone booth inside, Tom peers inside, and yells "I can see the booth", but this line was obviously added post production because the line is spoken alot clearer, and it's not Toms voice. Also, if you look real close, Tom doesn't move his lips. See more »


Jamie Phillips: All girls are nuts!
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Spoofed in Freakazoid!: Hot Rods from Heck/A Time for Evil (1995) See more »

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I,ve always enjoyed this flick
19 December 2003 | by (modesto california) – See all my reviews

Hot Rods To Hell is one of those movies me and my buddies rode our Schwinn stingrays to the theatre to see on a saturday afternoon... Of course we all got thrown out before the film was over for getting too loud or dumping popcorn from the balcony! However over the years I,ve seen it several times on television and I have to appreciate the really campy style in which it portrays the "wild youth" of the latter 60,s....If you,re lookin for good acting and plot "forget this movie" But if you want to see a movie for sheer brainless fun...this is it!!! I absolutly love this movie.....

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