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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:
Canadian "B" 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:
Finnish video release's cover sheet mentions Jodie Foster having a role in this movie. Actually Judy Foster is in the cast.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the race between Lonnie and Gary in the funny cars the wheel rims change. At the start they are full dish wheels then at the finish of the race they have changed to five spoke star wheels.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:
Referenced in Hollywood North (2003)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Canadian "B", 8 February 2005
Author: ashleyallinson from Toronto

Fast Company (1979) is truly great B-cinema despite the tendencies of scholastic indifference. Whether its lack of reception has been due to lack of availability, its straight-to-Beta stigma or, most probable, an audience's disregard for anything differing from the Cronenbergian macabre is open for debate. What is certain is that this effort, his first with a budget exceeding the million-dollar mark, was a precursor to the personal trajectory of The Brood (1979).

Divorce proceedings underway, David changed focus to his consuming passion of the automobile. The final product was a decent drag strip movie, "a good B-Movie" he admits. The good versus evil tension included in most racing films is combined with some point of view shots from the car racers proper, in itself, well worth the price of the rental. Spending most of the film arguing with John Saxon, his greasy sponsor from Fast Company Motor Oil, William Smith plays Lonnie 'Lucky Man' Johnson, whose iconic status as drag strip guru is tested race after race. His real stroke of luck however comes through his on screen squeeze, November 1969 Playboy Playmate Claudia Jennings. This marked consecutive attempts at casting notables from the adult industry.

Attempting to recreate the similar appeal and subsequent audience draw that worked for him in Rabid, Ms Jennings' luck ran out in an ironic off-screen car-accident, taking her young life shortly after the film was completed.

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