Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  1 April 1983 (USA)
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Shirley Muldowney is determined to be a top-fuel drag racer, although no woman has ever raced them before. Despite the high risks of this kind of racing and the burden it places on her ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Barlow ...
Bass Player, Tex's Band
Jack Muldowney
John Muldowney (age 15-23)
Tex Roque
Chef Paul
Missy Basile ...
Jesse Aragon ...
Little Shirley
Paul Bryar ...
Matt, Card Player
Guitar Player, Tex's Band
Martin Casella ...
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Shirley Muldowney is determined to be a top-fuel drag racer, although no woman has ever raced them before. Despite the high risks of this kind of racing and the burden it places on her family life, she perseveres in her dream. Written by Reid Gagle

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racing | race car | top fuel | 1960s | love | See All (40) »


She did something, women were forbidden to do and, become a World Champion.


Biography | Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

1 April 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corazón sobre ruedas  »

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Actor Charles Haid was originally cast as Connie Kalitta and filmed for several days before being fired for being difficult. He was replaced by Beau Bridges. See more »


Some time after suffering an auto accident that left her hospitalized in autumn 1973 (established by the fact she is seen watching the Sept. 30 1973 Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs tennis match from her hospital bed), the recuperated Shirley Muldowney attends a racing event in Indianapolis where a trade show model is inviting people to take a look at the "new" 1973 Chryslers. That late in the season, the car manufacturer would actually be promoting its 1974 line, which traditionally are introduced several months before the next calendar year. See more »


Repoter #1: What's a beautiful girl like you doing at a racetrack like this?
Shirley Muldowney: Winning.
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Featured in Shirley Muldowney: Behind the Wheel (2006) See more »


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Music by David Wheatley
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Great depiction of Shirley Muldowney's life and early career.
17 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have been a Shirley Muldowney fan forever and this is a wonderful movie. It is very accurate and the actor's portrayals are great. If you have ever been around the races and pits, you will realize that it is right on. I have forced many of my non-racing fan and non-Shirley fan friends to watch this movie and the majority of them all thought that it was a great movie and most say they would watch again.

For those of you that don't like racing, or have never heard of Shirley Muldowney, it is a great movie to show the struggle that women had/have fitting in to the so called "man's world." The fact that it is set in an overwhelmingly male field makes it even more interesting. As stated above, I have been a fan of Shirley's for years, and I have always stated that she is my idol. Everyone laughs when I say this, but I have always come away with - if Shirley managed to make it in drag racing, I can make it in (fill in the blank). Great movie.

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