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Fireball 500 (1966)

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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The guys who drive faster, love harder and swing harder than anyone else on earth! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Path├ęcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although backgrounds of many scenes include posters for various car races, portions of all ads are masked by black tape, probably to disguise fact that dates and/or locales of events didn't line up with when and where story was actually taking place. See more »

Goofs

Frankie Avalons Moonshine car is a blue 2 door. But when he crashes, the car that is shown upside down after the wreck is a 4 door. See more »

Quotes

Dave: Bend is just up ahead. That's where we might get the treatment.
Leander: Well if we do, remember there's no chickens in this coupe.
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Connections

Featured in The Love Bug (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Fireball 500
by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
Sung by Frankie Avalon (uncredited)
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Moonshine and NASCAR!!!
22 February 2006 | by TomlonsoSee all my reviews

This is a fairly innocuous little movie. No one rented tuxes for the 1967 Oscars for this one, but then no one is paying large sums of money to suppress it, either. It feels like a "Perry Mason" or "Route 66" TV episode.

For vintage erotica fans, there is a (mostly) accurate portrayal of the "Girlie Shows" that were once carnival staples. Fabian's character, Leander, has a group of young women following him around (Four of them period Playboy Playmates) and there is a seductive (slightly) older widow. The sex and romance is far from explicit (welcome in a movie with Chill Wills in it!) and is generally hinted at with meaningful glances.

For NASCAR fans there are some pretty good scenes of stock car racing 40 years ago, including some of the Daytona 500. Drivers that year apparently were racing for a $85,000 purse. (2006: $18 million).

It's well worth a rental. I bought mine as a two-sided DVD with "Thunder Alley" for under $15, and I feel the money was well-spent.


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