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25 May 1979 (USA) See more »
A drag-racer enters a local championship race. However, he runs up against the town boss, a corrupt sheriff who has already made arrangements to ensure that his own son wins the race. | Add synopsis »
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Gregg Henry ... Brian Edison

Pernell Roberts ... Sheriff Marsden
Robin Mattson ... Jenny

Grant Goodeve ... Sonny Munn

Robert Culp ... T.L. Munn

Royce D. Applegate ... Johnny Hurricane

Topo Swope ... Sprout

Ed Begley Jr. ... Clay
Bruce M. Fischer ... Cannonball
Eric Holland ... Barry Hogue
Julie Gibson ... Violet

Carmen Argenziano ... Cameraman
Gene Borkan ... Soundman
Lisa Cori ... Sheila
Richard Davis ... Engineer

Gary Goetzman ... Security Guard
Randy Gray ... Lefty

Brian Libby ... Officer
Bill McLean ... Old Starter
Ray Oliver ... Zacko
Alexander Petale ... Inspector #1

Arthur Space ... Norton Erdelatz
Jerry Zaremba

Directed by
George Armitage 
Writing credits
George Armitage (written by)

Produced by
Sam Manners .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Simpson 
Cinematography by
Andrew Davis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Neel 
Carroll Sax 
Casting by
Boland Wilson 
Production Design by
Michael Baugh 
Set Decoration by
Raphael Bretton 
Makeup Department
Dee Manges .... makeup artist
Stephen Robinette .... hair stylist
Production Management
David McCann .... post-production supervisor
Billy Ray Smith .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Lukather .... first assistant director (as William Lukather)
Wendy Shear .... second assistant director
Art Department
William M. Bell .... construction coordinator
David Moll .... property master (as David C. Moll)
Sound Department
Michael Hilkene .... sound editor (as Mike Hilkene)
Harlan Riggs .... production sound
Hal Watkins .... sound re-recordist
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects (as Dick Albain)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
James A. Lundin .... genie operator
Randall Robinson .... first assistant camera
Mike Chevalier .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Michael Ferris .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Joel King .... camera operator (uncredited)
Steve Lydecker .... camera operator (uncredited)
Leslie Otis .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Joseph D. Steuben .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James 'Mike' Balker .... costumer: men (as Mike Balker)
John S. Perry .... costume supervisor (as John Perry)
Jodie Lynn Tillen .... costumer: ladies (as Jodie Tillen)
Editorial Department
Paul Dixon .... editor: montage
Robert Hendricks .... assistant editor (as Bob Hendricks)
Location Management
Larry Luttrell .... location manager
Music Department
Miles Goodman .... music supervisor
Kenneth Karman .... music editor
Transportation Department
Norman Honath .... transportation captain
Other crew
Mary Ann Newfield .... script supervisor
Jackie Brady Baugh .... production accountant (uncredited)

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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

George Armitage based the main character Brian Edison on a mechanic friend named Bob Edelson.See more »
Continuity: The steering column in the Willys changes position several times, as does the steering wheel type.See more »
Station Wagon Driver:Whatcha runnin' in that thing?
Brian Edison:Black 'n Decker Aquarium Pump.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Check ebay to find this movie!!!, 18 October 2006
Author: redrose8181 ( from United States

This is a great low budget racing movie!! I remember watching it many years ago when it came on TV late at night. It's almost hard to believe that ABC made this movie to be shown as a made for TV movie in 1979. It would be nice if they listed in the credits of the movie what songs were featured in it and the name of the band in the concert scene. A soundtrack release for this movie would've been nice also, but as far as I know, they never did have one. Anyway, I've noticed a few comments about finding this movie. I would check ebay. I have found many old movies on there that have been old video store rentals or were released for a short time. There are copies of this movie on there but the majority are bootleg copies and not actual video releases. As far as I know, they had not released the movie since the time that it appeared in the 90s in the movie store as a rental. Hope this helps.

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