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Fireball 500 (1966)

Unrated | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 7 June 1966 (USA)
Stock car racer Dave Owens plays into the hands of whiskey runners by agreeing to drive in a cross-country road race. He is assisted by Jane Harris and Sonny Leander Fox. Soon Dave and ... See full summary »

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William Asher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Avalon ... Dave Owens
Annette Funicello ... Jane Harris
Fabian ... Sonny Leander
Chill Wills ... Big Jaw Harris
Harvey Lembeck ... Charlie Bigg
Julie Parrish ... Martha
Douglas Henderson Douglas Henderson ... Agent Hastings (as Doug Henderson)
Baynes Barron ... Agent Bronson
Sandy Reed Sandy Reed ... The Announcer
Mary Hughes ... Leander Fan
Salli Sachse ... Leander Fan
Patti Chandler ... Leander Fan
Jo Collins Jo Collins ... Leander Fan
Karla Conway Karla Conway ... Leander Fan
Maria McBane Maria McBane ... Leander Fan (as Marie McBane)
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Storyline

Stock car racer Dave Owens plays into the hands of whiskey runners by agreeing to drive in a cross-country road race. He is assisted by Jane Harris and Sonny Leander Fox. Soon Dave and Sonny begin a friendly rivalry for Jane. Track action filmed at the Ascot and Saugus Raceways near Los Angeles, local color shot in Charlotte, North Carolina. Written by alfiehitchie

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They live from a spinout to crack up...and they love as fast as they can get it. See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bola de Fogo 500 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The "Fireball 500" is a heavily customized 1966 Plymouth Barracuda, with a 273 V-8 engine. See more »

Goofs

When the 99 car goes over the guardrail at Daytona, two fireball explosions happen underneath the car shooting flames up into the air, one on the track side of the guardrail and one on the far side behind the guardrail. Neither explosion had any reason for being other than visual additions to the crash. See more »

Quotes

Jane: Is Dave in trouble?
Leander: Yeah, I think so.
Jane: This may sound like a foolish feminine question but why don't you help him?
Leander: I can't. He's doing it to himself.
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Connections

Featured in Plages des 60's: Malibu: Surf Forever (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Step Right Up
by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
Sung by Annette Funicello (uncredited)
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SIlly Good Time Fun
1 February 2006 | by jtj909See all my reviews

Citizen Kane it is not, but if you want a good time, drive in, type movie.. check it out. Frankie A. is a wanna be Nascar driver who drives for moonshiners on the side. He meets the hard Biz woman who owns the track and finds the moonshine drivers, but she falls in love and later on redeems herself.

Fabian is the local race track hero and king of the moonshine drivers. There's a slight twist to his character in the end that I won't reveal here.

Dopey songs, pretty girls and cars... Simple, Family friendly fun with some cool old school Nascar footage to boot.


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