King of the Mountain (1981)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  1 May 1981 (USA)
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A group of friends race their high-powered cars up and down a dangerous and deadly mountain road known as Mulholland Drive to see who can claim the title of "King of the Hill."



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Tanner
Sloan Roberts ...
Billy T (as Jon Sloan)
Steve Jones ...
Ashley Cox ...
Jamie Winter
Fast Joe Otis
Ron Trice ...
Keyboard player
Curt Ayers ...


A group of friends race their high-powered cars up and down a dangerous and deadly mountain road known as Mulholland Drive to see who can claim the title of "King of the Hill."

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The race. The risk. The danger. It's worth it all to be...King of the Mountain




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Release Date:

1 May 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bolidi nella notte  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Harry Hamlin's role was intended for Brad Davis, who was fired due to his drug problems. See more »


Police helicopter pilot: [directed at Steve, who's still racing] OK, pull the plug... you're boxed!
[Steve ignores the chopper and keeps going]
Police helicopter pilot: I said shut it down!
[finally, Steve realizes he's trapped and slows to a stop]
Police helicopter pilot: End of the line, pal...
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Written by Bill Champlain and Pat Craig
Performed by Joseph Bottoms
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Before the Fast and the Furious, there was the `King'.
14 December 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is quite good. More action than that sucky commercial flick Gone in 60 Seconds that bored me in six milliseconds! THIS IS A CLASSIC CAR ACTION FILM IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. Great action throughout, a fair script and good actors, although it may not have been their best acting performance. The real stars (the cars) are not forgotten here. If you do get to see this movie, check out the cool mid-70's white Datsun 280-Z with diagonal striping on doors. I saw an example of one of these cars in a magazine with a Chevy 350 installed. And of course, Steve's (Harry Hamlin) Porsche 356 Speedster with Centerline wheels on WIDE B.F. Goodrich tiers under AC Cobra like wheel well flares! This move will satisfy all car nuts. And some who aren't! This was the days before the after- market auto industry made it possible for just about anyone to build a cool car through a catalogue or the Internet. None of these cars are straight of the shelf. Except perhaps for a 1980 Chevy Camaro Z28 and a Jaguar XKE. I have this movie on videotape that had to have been recorded in the mid-80's by a friend or myself when I was around 13 years old. Unfortunately, I can't find this movie being sold on VHS or DVD anywhere. Enjoy it, if you can find it. If you think you would like this kind of movie, try finding `The Driver' with Ryan O'neal and Bruce Dern too!

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