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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
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Did You Know?

The last film of Claudia Jennings. She died in a car crash the following year.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:
References Crystal Voyager (1973)See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Cronenberg… drag racing?, 23 April 2006
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Lonnie "Lucky Man" Johnson is an veteran drag racer and head honcho of his race team that's sponsored by FastCo Oil. Their business man Phil Adamson thinks only of the sponsorships than winning and when Lonnie's hotrod explodes Phil isn't too happy. Seeing that Lonnie is the one who draws the crowds, Phil gets Lonnie to take over Bill "The Kid" Broker's car, which doesn't go down to well with Bill. Their rival team led by Gary " The Blacksmith" Black would like the chance to beat Lonnie and things do heat up when Adamson decides he wants to make some changes.

When you think of the name David Cronenberg, does drag racing come straight to mind? Most definitely not, but on this occasion he has churned out a rather normal, exploitation flick on the sport. You don't always associated the word normal to his name, but even though its an entertaining piece, it's really nothing much out of the ordinary. That's probably the best reason why it flies under radar, well it won't escape the fans' of the director's work, though. Cronenberg's excursion into "Fast Company" is pretty much a low-budgeted film that's marketed for a more mainstream audience. I didn't really know about this film that pretty much came out of the blue when I found out it was directed by Cronenberg. So I've been itching to get my hands on it and I gladly came across the 2 disc special edition release at my local library. I'm no revhead fan, but I couldn't help but get drawn into the thick of the action thanks largely to Mark Irwin's cinematography. I actually didn't mind this little picture, but you still call it a rather a hot and cold detour. The film looked great with it's semi-documentary style, where there were a lot of creative angel shots that caught the action superbly and the beautiful Canadian landscape that fills the frame also leaves a mark in your mind. Cronenberg manages to stage the set-pieces involving the dragsters quite well, as you watch some burning rubber along with the crowd. It's just like the real deal! But when it wasn't focusing on the racing it becomes the usual the good guys v bad guys theme, where it becomes morally hounded and predictable. You feel the tension between the teams and the plot shows the manipulative nature of sponsorship deals taking over the show. But the drama element runs low on fuel. It just feels leaden with a simple script that doesn't really seem to go anywhere with some underwritten plot details, but still there's a nice amount of sharp humour evident. The film's conclusion might be exciting, but still it's rather illogical you could say. The howling rock soundtrack that surrounds the film felt overly tacky and got a bit repetitious. The performances from the main two leads lifts most of the acting out of the standard mould. William Smith and John Saxon make the most out of their character's material. Saxon is a great character actor and he steals the film as the slimly sponsor adviser Phil Adamson. Smith adds a steady head to the veteran driver Lonnie Johnson. Also in the supporting roles is the gorgeous Claudia Jennings as Lonnie's love interest Sammy, Nicholas Campbell plays the up and coming youngster Bill Broker and Cedric Smith plays the competition Gary 'The Blacksmith' Black. There's definitely a lot of stunning gals in this picture. Well, cars and girls go down rather nicely don't they.

Rather a middling affair that has it's perks. When it's close to the action that's when it hits it's strides by making you feel like you're there. It's nothing overly showy, but it's a mildly entertaining romp for the undemanding.

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