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Speedway (1968)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  12 June 1968 (USA)
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Poor bookkeeping saddles stock car driver Steve Grayson with a huge bill for back taxes which hampers his ability to continue racing competitively.

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Steve Grayson
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Susan Jacks
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Kenny Donford
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R.W. Hepworth
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Abel Esterlake
Victoria Paige Meyerink ...
Ellie Esterlake (as Victoria Meyerink)
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Paul Dado
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Birdie Kebner
Poncie Ponce ...
Juan Medala
Harry Hickox ...
The Cook
Christopher West ...
Billie Jo
Beverly Powers ...
Mary Ann (as Miss Beverly Hills)
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Himself
Buddy Baker ...
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Cale Yarborough ...
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Elvis Presley sings his way around the race circuit as successful speedway driver Steve Grayson. All is fine and dandy until the tax return submitted by a wise-cracking Bill Bixby (as Steve's manager) is scrutinised by the IRS. Will Elvis be able to raise the $145,000 to pay his tax bill? Will he succeed with his advances to IRS inspector Nancy Sinatra? Will the songs get any worse? Well, you didn't expect the likes of Hamlet did you? Written by Paul Batey <pbatey@laurel.ocs.mq.edu.au>

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tax | racing | manager | tax return | stock car | See more »

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Smooth, fast and in high gear!

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Comedy | Musical

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12 June 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A todo escape  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,000,000 (USA)
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Director Norman Taurog had his granddaughter in the film as an extra. See more »

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When Elvis first parks his red car near the trailer, the car is only up to the grass line and you can't even see it in the next scene when he opens the trailer door and enters. However upon leaving the trailer, you see the red car as he exits and it is now completely on the grass, right next to the trailer. See more »

Quotes

Mary Ann: [Referring to Kenny] You mean you let him take care of your money?
Steve Grayson: Why not? I like to live dangerously.
Mary Ann: Does that go for girls too?
Steve Grayson: That goes for everything?
Mary Ann: Honey, I'm going to leave the driving to you.
[They kiss]
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Suppose
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Written by Mel Glazer & Stephen Schlaks
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Another predictable formula quickie
15 April 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Most of the movies Elvis made for director Norman Taurog of MGM from '65-'68 have little to recommend them and this is a prime example / offender.

Elvis plays a NASCAR driver with unpaid taxes and Nancy Sinatra is his IRS watchdog / love interest. There is a big race coming up. No points for guessing the rest. Yawn. There is a decent song and dance number set in the waiting room at the IRS building (really!!) and some very good racing action. NASCAR stars such as Buddy Baker and Richard Petty did the driving and it looks very real, at least until we see Elvis in close up in front of an obvious rear projection screen. Man, I hate those things.

Elvis and Nancy have about 5% of the on-screen chemistry Elvis and Ann- Margret had in Viva Las Vegas and the songs are about 5% as good. Watch that one instead. It's even about racing, too, but road racing rather than NASCAR, so I guess this one is supposed to be different... Not awful, really, but about as formulaic, derivative and forgettable as Elvis' movie output ever got.


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