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Burnout (1979)

PG | | Drama | April 1979 (USA)

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Troubled teenager Scott aspires to be a professional drag race car driver. Scott makes several faltering attempts to break into the world of drag racing with the help of his affluent ... See full summary »

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John Zenda
Crystal Ramar
Randy Troxel
Jerry Jones
Marvin Graham
Tony Nancy
Dale Funk
Linda Vaughn
Eloise Buford
Darryl Buehl
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Troubled teenager Scott aspires to be a professional drag race car driver. Scott makes several faltering attempts to break into the world of drag racing with the help of his affluent businessman father Jeff. Undaunted, Scott decides to spurn Jeff's advice by branching out on his own by going on the road as a gopher for a successful drag race car driver. Written by Woodyanders

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The Fastest Dragsters... The Wildest Women... And A Driver Who Had To Have Them Both!

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This picture is dedicated to the men and women in drag racing -- they are all winners. See more »

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Featured in 42nd Street Forever, Volume 2: The Deuce (2006) See more »

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Treat Me Like a Stranger
Sung by April Fulladosa & Peter Dobson
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I'm not sure this qualifies to be called a "movie"
7 July 2012 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

The core idea of "Burnout" - focusing on a young wannabe who wants to participate and succeed in the drag race circuit - had a lot of potential. But the end results fail in any way you can think of. As I said in the subject heading of this comment, I don't think this qualifies as a movie. That's because there is a TON of padding coming from the filmmakers filming a great deal of footage of drag racers performing in front of a live audience. That's right - the races we see for the most part are more or less stock footage! I wouldn't be surprised if the screenplay was written after the writer watched all the stock footage, because the little staged scenes that there are add up to so little of the running time that I'm sure even the principle actors only worked for a few days. And this limited footage is not very endearing, since the central youth character in the movie comes across as very selfish and not appreciative of the opportunities and investments his father gave him. I'm sure even drag race fans who saw this in the drive-in circuit felt bored, frustrated, and ripped off long before the movie came to an end.


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