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Stroker Ace (1983)

 -  Action | Comedy | Romance  -  1 July 1983 (USA)
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The title character, a popular NASCAR driver, clashes with the fried-chicken mogul that sponsors his racing team.

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Doc Seegle
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Dad Seegle
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James C. Lewis ...
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Dale Earnhardt ...
NASCAR Driver
Harry P. Gant ...
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Storyline

Stroker Ace, a champion NASCAR driver, is standing at the top of his career, but is getting fed up with having to do as he's told. In between rebelling against his sponsor (a fried chicken chain)'s promotion gimmicks (like making him dress up in giant chicken suit) he spends the rest of the movie trying to bed the buxom Pembrook. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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He's hot on the track... and off! See more »


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1 July 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stand on It  »

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$13,000,000 (USA)
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The phrase 'Stand on It' is one of this movie's two English titles and also the title of its source novel. The meaning of this phrase is, according to 'Racing Junky', a racing term for "when a driver depresses the gas pedal as far as possible". It's meaning is similar to the term "flat-out" which they define as "racing a car as fast as possible under given conditions". See more »

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During the start of the climactic 'final race of the season' the race cars are shown rolling onto the track from their pit road lineup positions. As they roll away, we see a closeup of a wheel and tire; the lettering on the tire (the word "Goodyear", etc.) is a reversed/mirror image. See more »

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Stroker Ace: I thought all actors were egotistical hypochondriac sissies.
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Stroked My Funny Bone
10 December 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When Bewitched was running on television half of the plots involved Darrin's job where he and Larry Tate every week contended with yet another egotistical company president. The plot of Stroker Ace hearkens back to those days of Bewitched and it has Burt Reynolds as a NASCAR driver doing everything possible to get out from under a contract with a sponsor who's a blithering idiot.

Although Burt certainly gets in his innings in Stroker Ace, especially seeing him in a chicken suit and driving his car in a race in one, the best one in Stroker Ace by far is Ned Beatty. Beatty got an Academy Award nomination for playing the all powerful, malevolent media mogul in Network. Here he takes the same character and plays it for laughs and he's absolutely hysterical. Beatty owns a fried chicken company and he could easily have been one of McMahon&Tate's clients from Bewitched.

If outrageous overacting lead by Ned Beatty isn't reason enough to watch Stroker Ace, than certainly the curvaceous Loni Anderson should do. Loni is giving out with her best Marilyn Monroe imitation as Beatty's advertising person who thinks that what Beatty is asking of Reynolds is tasteless and stupid. Of course she falls for Burt on the screen and in real life.

I'm not a NASCAR fan, but I don't think you have to be to watch Stroker Ace and enjoy it. I have however become a fan of the Professional Bull Riders in recent years and they have their sponsors set up in a similar fashion as does NASCAR for its various drivers. I don't think the PBR has any sponsors as outrageous as Ned Beatty. If this film was about the PBR I can just see Beatty insisting to Guilherme Marchi that he ride a bull in a chicken suit or something equally bizarre.

The film got bad reviews and I can't see why. It's not sophisticated comedy to be sure, but it's not all that bad. And Ned Beatty alone is worth seeing and appreciating Stroker Ace.


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