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.


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Release Date:

1 April 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corazón sobre ruedas  »

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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 (1981) (soccer) and Heart Like a Wheel (1983) (drag racing). See more »


In the pits, standing by her dragster, Shirley's cigarette changes sizes during shots. See more »


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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I Only Have Eyes for You
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by The Flamingos
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Finally It's Coming to DVD
22 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Thsi excellent film is finally being released on DVD (coming soon) from Anchor Bay, so no more over priced bootlegs on ebay! This will be great for all drag racing fans in general and Shirley fans in particular, up to this DVD release you could only hope to catch it on TV (seldom ever shown) or find one of the old video tapes (usually worn out) or pay a crazy price to someone on ebay who will then sell you a bootleg copy of one of the poor quality video tapes that he burned to DVD-r (and call it a euro import, never released in the U.S.) ebay amazes me the non legal stuff they let be listed on their site., ebay has become a corporate nightmare over the last few years anyway, so who cares i guess.

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