A sadistic small-town sheriff has a habit of deliberately forcing speeders to their deaths on the mountain roads leading into town. The brother of one of the victims rolls into town in his hot rod to investigate his brother's death. Written by
Joe Estevez, who played the sailor driving the car (Don McCord), is the real life younger brother of Martin Sheen, who played Don's brother in the movie. See more »
When Michael is in the junk yard, walking along the side of the wreaked car his brother was killed in, you can see the reflection of a large studio light in the side window of that car for a brief moment. See more »
Your Honor, I plead nolo contendere.
Judge J.A. Hooker:
That's the same as guilty. That will be a one hundred dollar fine or 10 days in the county jail.
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Martin Sheen, Michelle Phillips, Stuart Margolin and the late Vic Morrow are the human stars of this movie about a young man looking for answers about his brother's death. Mr. Sheen, Mr. Margolin and Mr. Morrow all turn in first rate performances in their respective roles; Ms. Phillips has the slightly less than enviable task of trying to spice up a made-for-TV movie (twenty-five years ago), by supplying the "sex interest" in an otherwise sexless film. The real star, however, is the "California Kid"; a 1934 Ford coupe, borrowed from "Jake" Jacobs, put before a camera and given a workout that'll leave the viewer panting, gasping and holding the edge of the seat with breathless anticipation.
The action scenes are spectacular, (although some of the dialog is a bit lame) making for a fine evening's diversion. This is how all "car movies" should be made.
Try to catch this one on the late movie channel; it's well worth the missed sleep.
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