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Speedway Junky (1999)

 -  Drama  -  October 1999 (USA)
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A naive drifter runs away from his army father in hopes of making it on the car racing circuit. In Las Vegas, he meets a young scam artist, who develops a crush on him. He is then ... See full summary »

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Wilma Price (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen)
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A naive drifter runs away from his army father in hopes of making it on the car racing circuit. In Las Vegas, he meets a young scam artist, who develops a crush on him. He is then introduced to a whole gang led by a young hustler. The racer-to-be then gets a lesson in the wild side, getting involved in one situation after another. Patsy Kensit makes a cameo as another hustler and Daryl Hannah appears as the scam artist's surrogate mom. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Speedway Junkie is filmed in 4:3 format. Unfortunatelly there are DVDs in 16:9 available, where upper and lower parts of the screen are cut off. So look out for a DVD in 4:3 to enjoy the not crippled film. See more »

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When Johnny is caught with Wilma he is shown in close up with his shirt back on and then in the next two shots he is seen putting the t-shirt over his head. See more »

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Steve: Streets are changin', man. Fuckin' metro cops are everywhere. Someone's puttin' pressure on them motherfuckers to jack the shit out of us. I know who and the shit's gettin' serious. I need a change of scenery. Thinkin' about headin' back to la-la land.
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Performed by The Michael Wolff Trio
Written by Michael Wolff
Published by Indianola Music (BMI)
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Good Idea, Troubling Ending
16 October 2002 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

Despite some rough edges and a questionable Hollywood-like ending, this film offers an endearing relationship between two young men, one gay, the other not. Unrequited love raises its ugly head in the underworld of Las Vegas, with hustlers and drug dealers. Our hero wants to become a racer and make enough money to travel to Charlotte, NC. The other young man only wants someone to take care of and be there when times are rough. Their lives mix with a motley bunch of characters, most of whom only want a sexual favor or a drug turn-on. The acting of the two male leads is superb, with Eric as a truly tragic figure. But why did the screenwriter need to contrive the brutal ending? I suppose a film with a rough edge needs a rough edge ending, but once in a while can't the characters win? This film needs to be seen a couple times before final judgment is rendered. I gave it an 8/10, which is much higher than other reviewers, because it delivers a very important human theme that all of us can identify with.


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