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Thunder Alley (1967)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Romance | 22 March 1967 (USA)
Stock car racer Tommy Callahan is forced to join Pete Madsen's thrill circus after his blackouts cause a fatal accident that gets him thrown off the circuit. He shows Pete's daughter ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Rush

Writer:

Sy Salkowitz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annette Funicello ... Francie Madsen
Fabian ... Tommy Callahan
Diane McBain ... Annie Blaine
Warren Berlinger ... Eddie Sands
Jan Murray Jan Murray ... Pete Madsen
Stanley Adams ... Mac Lunsford
Michael T. Mikler ... Harry Wise
Maureen Arthur ... Babe
Kip King ... Dom
Michael Bell ... Leroy Johnson
Sandy Reed Sandy Reed ... Racing Announcer Sandy
Sammy Shore ... Turk
Baynes Barron
Michael Dugan Michael Dugan
Ronnie Dayton Ronnie Dayton
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Stock car racer Tommy Callahan is forced to join Pete Madsen's thrill circus after his blackouts cause a fatal accident that gets him thrown off the circuit. He shows Pete's daughter Francie and her boyfriend Eddie Sands everything he knows about driving. Eddie takes up with Tommy's girl Annie Blaine after winning the first time out. They become fierce rivals by the next race, during which Tommy remembers driving over his brother with a go-kart and Eddie hits the wall. Written by alfiehitchie

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Days of screaming wheels, nights of reckless pleasure! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The car driven by Fabian is a 1967 Dodge Thunder Charger built by George Barris. See more »

Goofs

When Pete goes to Turk's bar to get Tommy to come back and work for him, he turns to Turk and calls him Pete. See more »

Quotes

Harry Wise: [walks over to Tommy Callahan] Hey, hey, hey, hey. Nobody told you you could hang around decent people, Callahan. Hey Turk, do you know who you just let in? He's the guy who killed ol' Jimmy John Jones. Didn't ya, killer?... I said, Didn't ya, killer?
Turk: This is one of my customers, Harry. Now, you leave him be.
Harry Wise: Aww... leave him be? You're putting me off! Hey, is there anybody here wanna let this man dirty up a nice clean place like Turk's?
Tommy Callahan: Are you drunk?
Harry Wise: [laughing] The killer wants to know if I'm ...
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Connections

Referenced in Grindhouse (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Time After Time (I Keep Lovin' You)
Written by R. Barcelona
Performed by The Band Without a Name
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AIP racing drama would have made a perfect Elvis movie
23 August 2008 | by BrianDanaCampSee all my reviews

THUNDER ALLEY is a 1967 stock car racing drama set in the south and starring onetime teen idols Fabian and Annette Funicello along with Warren Berlinger and Diane McBain. What struck me as I watched it is how similar it is to an Elvis Presley movie. In fact, two of the cast, Berlinger and McBain, had appeared with Elvis a year earlier in SPINOUT, which also had a racing theme. If you put Deborah Walley (also from SPINOUT) in Annette's role of stunt driver (a role better suited to the spunkier Walley anyway) and put Elvis in Fabian's role and gave the character a few songs, you would have had a near perfect Elvis vehicle. And if they'd allowed THUNDER ALLEY's Richard Rush to direct it (instead of one of the old studio workhorses like Norman Taurog who pounded out nine Elvis vehicles in the 1960s) and kept the edge to it, including a hot bedroom scene Fabian has with a very sexy Diane McBain, it might possibly have taken Elvis in a new direction away from all the SPEEDWAY, TICKLE ME and DOUBLE TROUBLE-type films he was doing at the time. Oh well, we can dream, can't we?

(Not that an Elvis-Annette pairing would have been a bad thing either, mind you.)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell Drivers See more »

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2.35 : 1
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