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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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Kenny Donford
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R.W. Hepworth
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Abel Esterlake
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Mary Ann Ashmond (as Miss Beverly Hills)
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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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Smooth, fast and in high gear! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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15 April 1968 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

A todo escape  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,000,000 (USA)
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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

In all the scenes at the hangout, there is a band playing, yet none of the times are any of the guitars plugged in. See more »

Quotes

Steve Grayson: I'd like to break you in half!
Kenny Donford: If you did, you'd have two very short friends.
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Connections

Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Are You, Who Am I
(uncredited)
Written by Mel Glazer & Stephen Schlaks
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Speedway (1968) **
15 August 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

SPEEDWAY is just another in the long line of '60s Elvis vehicles, and kind of lightweight at that. It takes awhile to go anywhere, but not that you go into these flicks expecting high art or anything. Presley is a kind-hearted race car driver who gets an unwelcome visit from tax investigator Nancy Sinatra, looking to nail him for unpaid dollars he's earned while racing around the track. Gale Gordon (Lucy's Mr. Mooney himself) is on hand as her no-nonsense boss. Elvis was actually pretty good at comedy, and he shares some funny moments with Bill Bixby, who plays his conniving manager/buddy. Two good songs this go-round are "Let Yourself Go" (sung by The King) and Nancy Sinatra's sexy rendition of "Your Groovy Self". ** out of ****


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