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



(novel), (novel) | 3 more credits »

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hooper (1978)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Hollywood aging stuntman Sonny Hooper wants to prove that he's still got what it takes to be a great professional in this risky and under-recognized line of work.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent, Sally Field
Gator (1976)
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Agents force a former con man to help them nab a corrupt politician.

Director: Burt Reynolds
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, Lauren Hutton
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Tom Sharky is demoted to vice after a bust goes terribly wrong. He and his team stumble across a mob murder tied to prostitution and government.

Director: Burt Reynolds
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Rachel Ward, Vittorio Gassman
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

The Bandit goes on another cross-country run, transporting an elephant from Florida to Texas. And, once again, Sheriff Buford T. Justice is on his tail.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed
Action | Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

Big and Little Enos are opening a sea food restaurant. They bet Sheriff Buford T. Justice that he cannot drive from Miami to the Enos ranch in Texas in a given amount of time. If Buford loses he has to give up his badge.

Director: Dick Lowry
Stars: Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Paul Williams
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

The original characters from the first Cannonball movie race across the country once more in various cars and trucks.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Frank Sinatra
Malone (1987)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Ex-CIA hit-man running from his past (Malone) finds just how difficult it is to retire when he runs accross a small town controlled by mercenaries and a family that's resisting their ... See full summary »

Director: Harley Cokeliss
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Cliff Robertson, Kenneth McMillan
Six Pack (1982)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Stopping briefly in a small Texas town, an itinerant race car driver finds that his stock car, on a trailer behind his motor home, has just been quickly and expertly stripped. He chases ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Kenny Rogers, Diane Lane, Erin Gray
Shamus (1973)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

New York private eye Shamus McCoy likes girls, drink and gambling, but by the look of his flat business can't be too hot. So an offer of $10,000 to finds some diamonds stolen in a daring ... See full summary »

Director: Buzz Kulik
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Dyan Cannon, John P. Ryan
Stick (1985)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Ernest 'Stick' Stickley returns from prison, and very soon he gets involved with his old friend in a drug-running deal that goes sour. Hired by a rich investor, he tries to walk the line, ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Reynolds
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen, George Segal


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


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

1 July 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stand on It  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$13,000,000 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The Charlotte race at the end of the season was filmed on 30 May 1982 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. See more »


The NASCAR season has never ended at Charlotte Motor Speedway. See more »


Dad Seegle: [In a very dry tone] I know NOTHING, I am merely the messenger.
See more »


Referenced in Death Proof (2007) See more »


Southern Lovin'
Written by Jim Weatherly (as James D. Weatherly)
Performed by The Marshall Tucker Band
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Deplorable waste of time, talent and celluloid.
23 February 2005 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

It occurs to me that some of the films that have been banned during the course of cinema history were actually very important and very good films. I'd like to argue that instead of banning challenging, controversial movies the censors should consider banning films that are so bad that they pose a threat to your IQ and your sanity. If they were to do so one of the first films to be quickly hidden away would undoubtedly be "Stroker Ace". This film is awful with a capital 'A'. It is the worst film Burt Reynolds ever starred in.... quite a feat for for a man with "Cannonball Run II", "Cop And A Half" and "Rent-A-Cop" on his CV!

The wafer-thin story introduces us to successful stock car racer Stroker Ace (Reynolds), a man who loves fast cars and fast women. He gets stuck in a demeaning contract with crooked promoter Clyde Torkle (Ned Beatty). The contract requires him to do some humiliating promotional work for a new chain of fast food restaurants, such as dressing up as a giant chicken. Thrown into the mix are Lugs (Jim Nabors), Ace's dim-witted pal, and Pembrook Feeney (Loni Anderson), a bimbo with a brain fractionally smaller than a pea who is wooed by Ace.

Hal Needham, the director of this low-grade garbage, was formerly a stuntman and he made numerous films that relied on his expertise in staging spectacular stunts and car chases/races. Some of these films were OK, like "Hooper" and "Stunts Unlimited", but with "Stroker Ace" he reaches a career nadir. The characters are so stupid that you actually feel pity for the actors playing them. Anderson especially is saddled with such a dumb role that it makes you grind your teeth with despair. The humour is weak and infantile throughout, and the stunts and race sequences are unremarkable. Even the out-takes during the closing credits (which can be found in all the Reynolds-Needham collaborations) are generally unfunny, which gives the impression that maybe the film wasn't much fun to make. "Stroker Ace" is a stinker of considerable magnitude.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Simpson's Springfield location clue peterantonrev
unnnnbelievable.... ..... djmccreedy
A question deancapetanelis
Cannonball fan group belialprod
Continuity Error hskerfan
Biggest Burt Reynolds site on the net UPDATED! belialprod
Discuss Stroker Ace (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: