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Fast Company
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Director:
Writers:
David Cronenberg (writer)
Nicholas Campbell (screenplay)
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Release Date:
August 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Strap yourself into a car that flies 240 miles an hour down a quarter mile track. See more »
Plot:
Standard good guys vs. bad guys drag racing movie. Nice scene of the driver's view during a funny car run.. | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Fun little anomaly See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (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:
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
 
Stunts
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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Trivia:
The last film of Claudia Jennings. She died in a car crash the following year.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Lonnie Johnson blows up the Top Fueler at the end of the quarter mile you see the truck towing it and the cable that is hooked to the race car.See more »
Quotes:
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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Fun little anomaly, 14 July 2009
Author: Bjorn (ODDBear) from Iceland

I'm really just getting into this fascinating Canadian director and have yet to view some of his better known films. His early features "Shivers" and "Rabid" are acquired tastes but very interesting and, with repeated viewings, get a lot more chilly and thought provoking. Next up was this drag racing movie that fans consider to be his most atypical film and apparently some waited decades to see it due to some financial fiasco that prevented solid distribution outside Canada.

"Fast Company" is a terrific little B-movie concerning drag racing and the people in the thick of it and the ones behind the scenes. Good and evil is firmly established with William Smith (the one and only Falconetti) as an aging racer and John Saxon as the slimy Fast Co. rep that doesn't shy away from killing if it gives him more publicity and money.

Apparently, director Cronenberg is a self confessed car nut. Cronenberg aficionados, desperate to tie this flick in with the rest of his filmography, point to his fetishistic detail for car parts, loud engine noises and the overall workings of the machines but for the most part this plays out like a straight B-movie, made even more complete with some fancy display of solid sleaze and a somewhat cheesy (but still enjoyable) original rock soundtrack.

Fans of Cronenberg will not want to miss this flick but what's even more important here is that B-movie lovers (and car flick lovers) will probably enjoy this even more. As for the cast; it's impeccable. Smith, known mostly for playing mean dudes (like Falconetti in "Rich Man, Poor Man") is terrific here as the good guy and John Saxon is simply superb as the slimy rep. Lovely Claudia Jennings doesn't have a lot of screen time but she's great in her final film role.

Well, these B-movies don't score very highly on a genuine cinematic scale but these flicks always deliver the goods when made with passion. As with his body horror examinations and genuinely weird sexual fetishes ("Crash", another car flick by the director) Cronenberg invests as much of his creative energy to this "anomaly" in his career and the result is one enjoyable movie.

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