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David Cronenberg (writer)
Nicholas Campbell (screenplay)
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Release Date:
August 1979 (USA) See more »
Strap yourself into a car that flies 240 miles an hour down a quarter mile track. See more »
Standard good guys vs. bad guys drag racing movie. Nice scene of the driver's view during a funny car run.. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

William Smith ... Lonnie 'Lucky Man' Johnson
Claudia Jennings ... Sammy

John Saxon ... Phil Adamson

Nicholas Campbell ... Billy 'The Kid' Brocker

Don Francks ... Elder

Cedric Smith ... Gary 'The Blacksmith' Black
Judy Foster ... Candy
Robert Haley ... P.J.

George Buza ... Meatball
David Graham ... Stoner
David Petersen ... Slezak
Chuck Chandler ... Edmonton Track Announcer
Cheri Hilsabeck ... Hitchhiker
Sonya Ratke ... Hitchhiker

Michael Bell ... Chuck Randall
Douglas Main ... TV Newscaster
Patricia Goodwin ... New Miss Fastco
L. Peter Feldman ... Security Guard
Graham Light ... Track Official
Fred Hodgson ... TV Camera Crew
Michael Ouellette ... TV Camera Crew
Trevor Yacyshyn ... Hot Rodder
Robert Hill ... Hot Rodder
Jerry Knowles ... Track Starter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dave Barker ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Neil Dainard ... Racetrack Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
David Cronenberg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nicholas Campbell  screenplay
David Cronenberg  writer
Phil Savath  writer
Courtney Smith  writer
Alan Treen  story

Produced by
Michael Lebowitz .... producer
Peter O'Brian .... producer
David Perlmutter .... executive producer
Phil Savath .... producer
Courtney Smith .... producer
Original Music by
Fred Mollin 
Cinematography by
Mark Irwin 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sanders 
Casting by
Gail Carr 
Art Direction by
Carol Spier 
Costume Design by
Delphine White 
Makeup Department
Jan Newman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Caryl Brandt .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Kaufman .... first assistant director (as James Kaufman)
Jim Long .... second assistant director
Art Department
Richard D. Wright .... property master
Sound Department
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Burke .... sound effects editor
Bryan Day .... sound recordist
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tom Fisher .... special effects
Phil Adams .... stunts
Mark Damien .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Armstrong .... clapper loader
Roger Bate .... gaffer
Robert Holmes .... camera operator: second unit
Maris H. Jansons .... key grip
Robin Miller .... first assistant camera
Rick Porter .... still photographer
Lee Wright .... grip
Casting Department
Bette Chadwick .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wendy Partridge .... assistant wardrobe
Madeleine Stewart .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Vaughan Killin .... color timer
Gillian Macintosh .... post-production assistant
Arnie Stewart .... assistant editor
Carolyn Zeifman .... synching editor
Transportation Department
Gordie Bonin .... race driver
Roy Johnson .... transportation captain
Bob Papirnick .... race driver
Other crew
Linda Brestich .... secretary
Sherry Cohen .... location manager
Lynda Farmer Hickman .... production secretary (as Linda Farmer)
Isabelle Foord .... production assistant
Geoff Goodwin .... racing coordinator
Shirley Granger .... production accountant
Margaret Hanly .... continuity
Graham Light .... technical advisor
Gail McGregor .... unit publicist
Richard Mead .... production assistant
Bob Murphy .... production assistant
Walley Protz .... technical advisor
Jerry Verheul .... racing coordinator
Sherry Wolfson .... production coordinator

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Finnish video release's cover sheet mentions Jodie Foster having a role in this movie. Actually Judy Foster is in the cast.See more »
Revealing mistakes: One closeup of Meatball (seen when Lonnie gets fired from the team) has obviously been optically reversed, as evidenced by the inverted Goodyear logo on his hat.See more »
Elder:What are you gonna do now?
Lonnie 'Lucky Man' Johnson:We will enjoy our life.
Sammy:Yes, at least for one week.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood North (2003)See more »


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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
High-Octane Excitement with a Cronenberg Twist!!!, 2 February 2001
Author: blackxmas from Georgia

William Smith plays Lonnie Johnson, an aging race car driver, who's sponsor, FastCo Motor Treatment, represented by John Saxon, is about to can him due their quest for a youthful and cheaper image. Claudia Jennings is his long-distance girlfriend in a not wholly original, but fascinating look at the traveling race-car circuit and it's casualties.

This may be the ultimate drive-in feature; part-documentary, part-exploitation puncuated by moments of eerie silence that proves Cronenberg can do anything he wants with any type of material and make it interesting. Strange, lingering scenes of mechanics maintaining vehicles with up-close clinical precision (as well as surreal inside-the-car camerawork) will satisfy Cronenberg's most hardcore fans, as well as the sense of desolation and alienation amongst the highways, broken-down racetracks, and most importantly, the fans and drivers of the Pacific Northwest. This may be Cronenberg's most interesting film, since it's material you would never expect him to tackle, and because it's the least-seen movie in his catalogue. Highly recommended and worth tracking down by any means necessary.

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