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Smokey Bites the Dust (1981)

This movie follows the rivalry between a small-town southern sheriff and a small-town teenaged thief who steals cars and destroys them with the sheriff's daughter by his side.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roscoe Wilton
Janet Julian ...
Sheriff Turner
Patrick Campbell ...
Kari Lizer ...
Kedric Wolfe ...
Deputy Bentley
Kenny (as Bill Forsythe)
Sheriff Bleed
Mel Welles ...
Abu Habib Bibubu
Tall Arab (as Michael Green)
Don Corey ...
Short Arab
Glen Wilson
Linda Gary ...
Woman Sheriff
Adriana Shaw ...
Woman Deputy


This movie follows the rivalry between a small-town southern sheriff and a small-town teenaged thief who steals cars and destroys them with the sheriff's daughter by his side.

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Release Date:

October 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Follow That Car  »

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Sound Mix:

(Ryder Sound Services)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Silly chase movie, but fun too
14 February 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I first saw this in '85. Instead of having Burt Reynold's in the driver's seat, we have Jimmy McNicol, driving the local town cop (Barnes) insane, giving him daily chases and taunting him on his installed c.b. This time he's gone too far, where he runs off with Daddy's (Barnes's) little girl, and he's none too happy about. And it's prom night too. All this is a car chase movie, where forget plot or logic. We even see two ten plus kids smoke, the boy looking very much like that silent chubby kid, Peter in The Cosby Show. But unlike Cosby this isn't funny, just a sheer excuse to spend 86 minutes. We have impressive pile ups, crazy chases, a snake slithering across the road, near it's start, if to maintain further interest. Some known actors star in this, an early price to pay, for future stardom. We too have an imprisoned guy making moonshine, and a younger William Forsythe, a jock, who's girl is riding with Smokey (McNichol) though of course this is not the real character's name. What left me in puzzlement was it's enigmatic R rating. May'be it was the reference to watching two kids smoke. I don't know what else it could be, as this film doesn't deserve to go beyond a PG. May'be the censors were on a mental vacation, like the makers of this movie, and when the writer's surname is named after a piece of fruit, you know you got problems.

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