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Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

 -  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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Bruce Barlow ...
Bass Player, Tex's Band
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Jack Muldowney
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John Muldowney (age 15-23)
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Tex Roque
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Chef Paul
Missy Basile ...
Angela
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Photographer
Jesse Aragon ...
Carlos
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Little Shirley
Paul Bryar ...
Matt, Card Player
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Guitar Player, Tex's Band
Martin Casella ...
Repoter #1
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NHRA Boss
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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 | top fuel | love | 1960s | race car | See more »

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

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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1 April 1983 (USA)  »

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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 »

Goofs

Late in the movie after Muldowney beats Kalitta for the championship, her crew pulls up in a 70's Yellow & White Chevy/GMC 1-ton pickup. In the next scene they are outside the truck and it is an orange Dodge 1-ton pickup. See more »

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Connie Kalitta: UNBECOMING, MY ASS!
[after storming out, of the press room while the NHRA, revoked his racing license]
Shirley Muldowney: How long?
Connie Kalitta: Indefinite suspension.
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Born to Win
Written by Tom Snow
Performed by Jill Michaels
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Great Film
17 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it was shown in theaters back in 1983. It is without a doubt a great film due, in large part, to Bonnie Bedelia's performance. Heart Like A Wheel is by far her finest film, and she deserved an Academy Award nomination. The bonus material, on the 2006 DVD release, is interesting enough. Muldowney's derogatory remarks on Bedelia were uncalled for, especially in light of the critical praise she has received for her role. Jonathan Kaplan's comments painted a much different picture of Bedelia's work ethic. Make sure you watch the film at least once with Kaplan's commentary; it is the best bonus feature and very entertaining.


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