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Release Date:
5 August 1982 (Australia) See more »
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This film collects just what it was like to be in Australia in the early 80's. It's about hot cars, hot chicks and hot times... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Watch it for the cars not the acting!! See more (14 total) »


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Terry Serio ... Mike
Deborah Conway ... Julie

Max Cullen ... Rebel
Richard Moir ... Fox
Penne Hackforth-Jones ... Dave

Vangelis Mourikis ... Tony
Grahame Bond ... Jagger
Bob Barrett ... Workman
Warren Blondell ... Lee
Jon Darling ... Workman
Peter Davies ... Ram's Mate
Kristoffer Greaves ... Starter
Paul Johnstone ... Lecherous Garage Attendant

Chris Haywood ... Photographer
Maurice Hughes ... Foreman
Tim McLean ... Photographer's Assistant
Brian McNevin ... Fox's Timer
Sno Norton-Sinclair ... Ram's mate
Robin Ramsay ... Dad
Geoff Rhoe ... Ram
Keli Roberts ... Sheryl

Annie Semler ... Joan
Jacki Simmons ... Nurse
Gerry Sont ... Victor

Directed by
John Clark 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Barry Tomblin 

Produced by
Mark Egerton .... associate producer
Pom Oliver .... producer
David Roe .... executive producer
Original Music by
Peter Crosbie 
Cinematography by
David Gribble 
Film Editing by
Stuart Armstrong 
Production Design by
Greg Brown 
Costume Design by
Roger Monk 
Production Management
Barbara Gibbs .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Egerton .... first assistant director
Tony Wellington .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Syd Butterworth .... sound
Peter West .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
David Burr .... camera operator
Kevan Lind .... director of photography: second unit
Other crew
George Zukiwskyj .... production design assistance

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  • Spectrum Films  post-production facilities (as Spectrum Films International)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fast Lane Fever" - USA (video title)
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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

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Mike's car seen in the early half of the film is a 1970 Ford Falcon GTHO with chrome plated GT rally wheels (commonly seen on 1960s-era Ford Mustangs and Torinos in the USA) - the car used in the film is part of the Falcon XY model line. 1966-72 Falcons produced by Ford Australia were modeled after the 1966 model sold in the USA but sold as a 4-door sedan, coupe utility, panel van, or station wagon - the XW and XY series were unique to Australia where the sedan had a buttressed C-pillar, wraparound taillight lenses (as opposed to the USA model where it came with square taillight lenses) and the front grille was unique to Ford Australia (the turn signal lenses were located on the front edge of the fenders instead of the bumper) until production ended in March 1972. Although Falcon production ended in the USA in 1969 (which does not include the 1970 1/2 USA model which was based on the mid-sized Fairlane/Torino), Falcons from the XA model onwards were Australian-designed and sold in the Australasia region, Southeast Asia, and South Africa. A few were exported to the UK and Caribbean but not the USA or Canada since they did not meet the DOT safety regulations of the era (locking steering columns were mandated in the USA since the 1970 model year).See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the first drag race of the movie Fox is racing a yellow Holden Monaro. During the burnout the Monaro sounds like a V8. When the Monaro crashes, the hood flies off and a 6 cylinder engine is clearly visible.See more »
Rebel:[Mike's trying to drive the '57 Chev, but not very well] You're puttin' on the agony, mate, but you're missin' all the style!See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Watch it for the cars not the acting!!, 3 May 2004
Author: gnrlee ( from Australia

This is one of my all time favourite movies, if ur not into cars then forget it!! This movie features 1 of Aussies greatest muscle cars, the XYGTHO. Yeah so the acting not the greatest - it was never made to win an oscar. The car action will keep you comin back for more and more. There is a cool collection of muscle cars from the 70's and an Awesome '57 Chev - with a real cool cat drivin it! Also there is a really cool song sung by Terry Serio the main actor. The acting is pretty funny when taken lightly, but the tyre smokin and drag racing is the main focus in this movie. Big fast cars with pleantly of steel(NO PLASTIC CARS), and some cool street dragging. I recommend it only to people that are into cars and not someone looking for great acting.

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