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Director:
Writers:
Tom Wolfe (articles)
William Roberts (written by)
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Release Date:
27 July 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It took him 20 years to find out who he was and 2 laps to let the world know.
Plot:
A young hellraiser quits his moonshine business to try to become the best NASCAR racer the south had ever seen. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
A Real Legendary Movie See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jeff Bridges ... Elroy Jackson Jr.

Valerie Perrine ... Marge

Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Mrs. Jackson

Ned Beatty ... Hackel

Gary Busey ... Wayne Jackson
Art Lund ... Elroy Jackson Sr.

Ed Lauter ... Burton Colt

William Smith ... Kyle Kingman (as William Smith II)

Gregory Walcott ... Cleve Morley

Tom Ligon ... Lamar

Ernie F. Orsatti ... Davie Baer (as Ernie Orsatti)
Erica Hagen ... Trina Kingman
Jimmy Murphy ... Spud (as James Murphy)
Lane Smith ... Rick Penny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Garland Atkins ... TV Reporter (uncredited)
John Samuel Brawley ... Joe Casper (uncredited)
Bob Cole ... Marshall Collins (uncredited)
Louis Compton ... Track Announcer - Martinsville (uncredited)
Bill Connell ... Tiny (uncredited)
Ted Duncan ... ATF Agent (uncredited)
Paul Holman ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Lamont Johnson ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Bridget Furr Jones ... Baby Girl with Junior Jackson at Speedway (uncredited)
Leslie McConnell ... Merle (uncredited)
Laurens Moore ... Wendel Terman (uncredited)

Mike Muscat ... Party Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lamont Johnson 
 
Writing credits
Tom Wolfe (articles)

William Roberts (written by)

Bill Kerby  additional writer (uncredited)

Produced by
John Cutts .... producer
William Roberts .... producer
Joe Wizan .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Charles Fox 
 
Cinematography by
George Silano 
 
Film Editing by
Robbe Roberts 
Tom Rolf 
 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Joyce Selznick 
 
Art Direction by
Lawrence G. Paull  (as Larry Paull)
 
Set Decoration by
James L. Berkey  (as James Berkey)
 
Makeup Department
John Alese .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Colleen Callaghan .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Colleen Callaghan .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John W. Rogers .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frederic W. Brost .... assistant director (as Fred Brost)
Barry Stern .... assistant director
Jerry Grandey .... assistant director trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Russell Goble .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bud Alper .... sound mixer
Don J. Bassman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Don Bassman)
Gene Ashbrook .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Everett Creach .... stunt coordinator
Ted Duncan .... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Brooker .... key grip (as Art Brooker)
George Holmes .... gaffer
Louis Goldman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ronald M. Lautore .... camera operator (uncredited)
Steve Pellant .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Don Shapiro .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alan Levine .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Tom Rolf .... supervising editor
 
Transportation Department
James Thornsberry .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Junior Johnson .... consultant
Junior Johnson .... technical advisor
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor
Tom Miller .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington .... location projectionist: dailies (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hard Driver" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
95 min | 91 min (FMC Library Print)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
Junior Johnson is credited with inventing the "bootleg turn", in which a driver escapes a pursuer by sharply putting his speeding car into a 180-degree turn on the highway, then speeding off in the opposite direction before his pursuer can turn around. In the movie this is used to great effect twice on the same police officer: when he first encounters the officer he does a 180 and the chase begins and then uses the "bootleg turn" once more effectively causing the officer to embank his car on the road.See more »
Quotes:
Elroy Jackson Jr.:You make a move on me, I'll rip his lip off and give it to you for a key ring.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
I Got A NameSee more »

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Real Legendary Movie, 6 October 2004
Author: Paul-308 from USA

This is what the Dukes of Hazzard could have been,or at least this help inspired the Dukes.Junior Jackson drives a Mustang fastback,he runs moonshine in it,he outruns the revenoors in it,he races it on the track (sorta like the General Lee?).When his racing ambition outgrows the Mustang,he buys a Chevy (ugg) and proceeds to move on to an established team.This is the story of Junior Johnson,long time NASCAR racer and car owner.His family runs moonshine,but is trying to conform to modern tastes.Juniors talent makes him a star,and catches the eye of cute in the face V Perrine.A very southern story,a very southern feel,a great big slice of a time gone by.Bridges is excellent as Junior.Don't think anybody could have done as well.His smirks and facial expressions (or lack thereof) are classic.Very underrated film.Should have been given more attention.

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