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

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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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Corazón sobre ruedas  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

During the various racing scenes, the starting line "Christmas Tree" shown is the modern 3 amber bulb version, which replaced the previous 5 amber bulb equipped "Christmas Tree" which would have been correct for the period of time the movie took place. (You can see evidence of this in the climactic final race when they use actual television footage which shows in split screen, the dragsters staging and a closeup of the "Tree" which has 5 amber bulbs.) See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Featured in Shirley Muldowney: Behind the Wheel (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

I Only Have Eyes for You
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by The Flamingos
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It's not about the cars, it's about the woman
28 July 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A gem. Pretty much ignored when it came out, because the industry tried to push it as a "hot rod movie" which it is not. Bonnie Bedelia gives a brilliant performance (apparently race folks who knew Muldowney believed she appeared as herself in a couple of scenes!). Film and TV seldom succeed in portraying auto racing; but that doesn't matter here because it doesn't pretend to. The movie has the same spirit as BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM; a young woman facing down family and society in order to fight and win in her chosen field. At the end, you will want to pump your fist and cheer, the way I saw a cinema audience do for the recent Beckham piece. Also, some quite heart-piercing moments when Muldowney's ambition and drive and hard shell fall apart from love and betrayal. Beau Bridges loves his role as a boozy cynical scoundrel, and what fun singer Hoyt Axton must have had doing his thing. 1960 out on the Depot Road near Schenectady --- that's what it was like!


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