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Pit Stop (1969)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Sport | 14 May 1969 (USA)
Grant Willard sponsors drivers in a "new" form of race car driving called The Figure Eight. The rise and fall of one such driver is the whole story behind PIT STOP.

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Grant Willard
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Rick Bowman (as Dick Davalos)
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Ellen McLeod (as Ellen McRae)
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Hawk Sidney
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Jolene
George Washburn ...
Ed McLeod
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Luther
Robert Krist ...
Al
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Sonny Simpson
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Moody (as Titus Moody)
Don White ...
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Ray Thiel ...
Roy
Jack Seymour
Bob James
Harry Schooler ...
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Grant Willard sponsors drivers in a "new" form of race car driving called The Figure Eight. The rise and fall of one such driver is the whole story behind PIT STOP.

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Final film of Brian Donlevy. See more »

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The type of car changes during the street drag race. The race starts out with a 1952 modified Chevy on the left. The car modifications makes it a gasser type drag race car. This car does not have a front bumper and.has a solid front axle. The car that crashes is a stock 1952 Chevy complete with front bumper and stock front suspension. See more »

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Grant Willard: I'm trying to find myself a winner. Racing is a tough business. It's strictly the survival of the fittest. It's just like war: You got a winner and a loser and nothing in between. I busted a lot of heads, training my company in the Marines. But when they got into action, they led the whole Division in decorations received - what was left of them.
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Amazing masterpiece
10 April 2003 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Recently I watched for the first time Peter Bogdanovich's highly acclaimed "The Last Picture Show". And while watching it, this movie, made only a few years earlier by Jack Hill, came to my mind immediately. Ever since I wonder why I find The Winner so much superior.

The Winner has a similar setting and a story with similar protagonists like Picture Show. Both have Ellen Burstyn. Somehow The Winner is very direct. I suppose that whereas Picture Show was intellectual to the point of resembling a theses on film theory, The Winner shows the artisan's approach. It goes to your heart, not to your brain. I could not explain how it is done technically, but it is very effective.

Although apparently a "cheapie", The Winner is made by good professionals. The story is simple but coherent, straightforward and always entertaining. The acting performances are convincing throughout; there is screen veteran Brian Donlevy, the most peculiar of all "naturals" and definitively one of my all time Hollywood favorites, playing the type of the greedy sports manager. "Cheapie"-star Sid Haig plays a bad boy with appropriate cartoonish zeal, the same can be said of the performance of "the chick", played by Beverly Washburn. The main character, a young racing enthusiast, is presented like a junk yard gladiator: taciturn, brooding and determined - "existentialistic". It all fits. Ellen Burstyn's low-key performance as a racer's wife is extremely touching - her part again compares favorably with the Oscar winning one in Picture Show.

The black and white fotography is excellent, there is a long, almost dreamlike sequence of dragster cars making artful figures in the sand dunes. The soundtrack is fantastic and a good early example of heavy rock music. This is an artful portrait of American provincial youth just before the hippy movement started.


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