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


Police helicopter pilot: [after Steve's cornered] Good run! Sharp through Sweeper, clean past Deadman's, a little sloppy through Grandstand, but I gotta tell you something, asshole. You are in violation of Section 148 of the Penal Code: Evading arrest. Section 22349 of the Vehicle Code: Maximum speed limit. Section 22350: Basic speed law. Section 23109B: Exhibition of speed.
[the pilot keeps reading violations, but Steve turns his car stereo up to drown it out]
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Dark Street Racing Movie
3 February 2003 | by (Indianapolis, Indiana) – See all my reviews

I saw King of the Mountain on HBO in the 80's. Hamlin plays a street racer with a dark mysterious side, and the current King of the Mountain. Hopper plays the former King, a ruthless drunk racer. The film comes across as low budget and has a slow plot, but its one of those movies that for some inexplicable reason you like. It also has a decent soundtrack.

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