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Speedway (1968)

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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Abel Esterlake
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Ellie Esterlake (as Victoria Meyerink)
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Juan Medala
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Mary Ann Ashmond (as Miss Beverly Hills)
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Cale Yarborough
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Storyline

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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Smooth, fast and in high gear! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Release Date:

15 April 1968 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

A todo escape  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last of three Elvis Presley films in which his character is a race car driver. The first time was in Viva Las Vegas (1964) and the second was in Spinout (1966). See more »

Goofs

Elvis is driving a Dodge Charger but the gear shifter is for a Ford. 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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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Buck Henry/Bette Midler (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Yourself Go
(uncredited)
Written by Mel Glazer & Stephen Schlaks
Performed by Elvis Presley
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A classic Elvis flic.
11 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

A classic Elvis movie. Elvis sings a song, Elvis gets in a jam, Elvis sings a song, Elvis wins the girl, Elvis sings a song. Today, people may view these types of film boring, but it is classic Americana. The blue racing jacket, with the white stripes is so 60s. In fact, the jacket is currently displayed in the Hard Rock Cafe in Houston, Texas. It is over the booth that I always sit in when I eat there. A great treat for an Elvis fan. Such notable performers as Bill Bixby, Nancy Sinatra, Gale Gordon, William Schallert, and Carl Ballentine make this film fun for anyone and everyuone who is a fan of classic 60s movies. Add the fact of some Elvis songs, and you can go wrong. I recommend this film to everyone. It is not Elvis' best movie, but certainly in the top ten.


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