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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:
The Cradle of a Nascar driver 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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
The movie depicts Junior's father as being arrested for producing moonshine. In reality, it was Junior himself that was arrested and sentenced. In 1956, federal tax agents found Johnson working at his father's moonshine still in Wilkes County; they arrested him. Many local residents believed the raid was done in revenge for the agent's inability to catch Johnson delivering moonshine on local highways; this is depicted in the movie when we see the local law enforcement busting up his father's still. Junior Johnson was convicted of moon-shining and was sent to prison in Chillicothe, Ohio. He served 11 months of a two-year sentence.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:
Referenced in Django Unchained (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Got A NameSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Cradle of a Nascar driver, 28 March 2009
Author: justinmgodell from United States

This movie is what any NASCAR fan should see.

From the simple fact that not every driver comes with a clean background. You have to do what it takes to live. With that in mind and not giving the story away Jeff Bridges character Junior Jackson does what it takes to make the money. And that of course but racing. From the lower circuits to the higher ones This is kind of a fast pace movie, but its kind of dry. For the viewer that can sit threw the slow times and watch a movie for how a movie should be (for the story) you will enjoy it.

A good underrated movie, and I recommend you see it.

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