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Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

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


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1 April 1983 (USA)  »

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Corazón sobre ruedas  »

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$272,278 (USA)
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One of a late 1970s early 1980s mini-cycle of films centering around women athletes. The movies include Blue Skies Again (1983) (baseball), Goldengirl (1979) (athletics), The Miracle of Kathy Miller (1981) (athletics), Hockey Night (1984) (ice hockey), Quarterback Princess (1983) (gridiron), Personal Best (1982) (pentathlon), Gregory's Girl (1980) (soccer) and Heart Like a Wheel (1983) (drag racing). See more »

Goofs

Shirley and Jack are seen in a 1956 scene with "I Only Have Eyes For You" playing in the background, but the version by The Flamingos that is played wasn't released until 1959. See more »

Quotes

[after being slapped, by Shirley]
Connie Kalitta: Cha Cha Cha
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Free Flight
Music by Michael Lloyd
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Moving story about an unusual woman
16 October 2002 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

This is one of those rare performances in which you fall in love with the actress. Bonnie Bedelia was apparently nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actress for her performance as Shirley Muldowney - she should have won an Oscar.

Whether or not you care anything about drag racing - I don't - this is just as much a movie about an unusual, sweet but driven, woman through two decades. It's really tops.

The only criticism I have is that the movie lets the character off rather lightly for abandoning her husband and child after a fight over whether she should be gone from home throughout the year. The truth is that it must be terribly difficult for someone not in the industry to keep a marriage going

  • including parenthood of a 12 year old - with someone who wants to be gone
throughout the year and throughout the country. At one point, Beau Bridges accuses her of abandoning her husband due to ambition - and I suspect there may be more in the accusation than the movie allows the viewer to believe (since Beau Bridges at that point is behaving pretty awfully).

Still, Bonnie Bedelia is so charming, sweet, pretty, winning in every way - that the viewer does nothing but cheer her success.

This is very enjoyable.


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