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Stroker Ace (1983)

The title character, a popular NASCAR driver, clashes with the fried-chicken mogul that sponsors his racing team.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lugs
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Aubrey James
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Doc Seegle
Frank O. Hill ...
Dad Seegle
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Girl with Lugs
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Arnold
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Jim Catty
Alfie Wise ...
Charlie
James C. Lewis ...
Crew Chief
Neil Bonnett ...
NASCAR Driver
Dale Earnhardt ...
NASCAR Driver
Harry P. Gant ...
NASCAR Driver (as Harry 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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1 July 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stand on It  »

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$13,000,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The word stroker, in racing jargon, refers to an after-market crankshaft that increases the engine's stroke, or length of piston travel, which will increase the engine's displacement and therefore the horsepower.

Stroker also refers to a driver who intentionally does not try to "charge to the front" and is content to "ride around" (during the race) and post a "safe" finishing position. Front running race drivers do not like "strokers" for a variety of reasons. See more »

Goofs

During the Daytona 500 at the start of the film, the main grandstand is empty in some shots. See more »

Quotes

Girl with Lugs: 22:43 Well, hello.
Lugs Harvey: Hey...
[pauses while he looks at her]
Lugs Harvey: How are you, ma'am?
Girl with Lugs: I don't know. How am I?
Lugs Harvey: Oh, I'm not one of the drivers. I'm just a mechanic.
Girl with Lugs: I like mechanics. They know how to tinker with things for hours. Make them go fast.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: A Star Is Born Again (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

What Have We Got To Lose
Written and Performed by Larry Gatlin
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"Ace": in the hole....
8 October 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ever notice how in his later movies Burt Reynolds' laugh sounds like screeching brakes?

Must have been hanging out with Hal Needham too much.

And from the looks of "Stroker Ace", WAY too much.

Can you believe this was based on a book? Neither could I, but it was. And probably not a best-seller, I'll wager.

Burt's another good-old-boy in the NASCAR circuit who hitches up with Beatty as a fried chicken magnate with designs on his team. Anderson provides what love interest there is and Nabors does his umpteenth Gomer Pyle impression as faithful mechanic/best friend Lugs.

A lot of people here are friends of Burt's or Hal's. Others must have needed the work. And even real NASCAR drivers get in on the act, and look to have more talent than those with SAG cards.

As far as laughs go, Bubba Smith (pre-"Police Academy") gets them as Beatty's chauffeur. And Petersen, in full Elvira mode, gets lots of appreciative leers as a lady who wants to get to know Lugs real well. REAL WELL.

It's a shame that Burt threw away as much time and effort in a film like "Stroker Ace" where it didn't matter whether he bothered to act or not. They didn't bother to write a character for him, why bother to act?

Two stars. Mostly for Petersen, and for the out-takes at the end. Now THEY'RE funny.


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