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Pit Stop (1969)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Sport | 14 May 1969 (USA)
Grant Willard sponsors drivers in a "new" form of race car driving called The Figure Eight. The rise and fall of one such driver is the whole story behind PIT STOP.


Jack Hill


Jack Hill




Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Donlevy ... Grant Willard
Richard Davalos ... Rick Bowman (as Dick Davalos)
Ellen Burstyn ... Ellen McCleod (as Ellen McRae)
Sid Haig ... Hawk Sidney
Beverly Washburn ... Jolene
George Washburn George Washburn ... Ed McCleod
Steve Pendleton ... Luther
Robert Krist Robert Krist ... Al
Ted Duncan Ted Duncan ... Sonny Simpson
Titus Moede ... Moody (as Titus Moody)
Don White Don White ... Ace
Ray Thiel Ray Thiel ... Roy
Jack Seymour Jack Seymour
Bob James Bob James
Harry Schooler Harry Schooler ... Self


Grant Willard sponsors drivers in a "new" form of race car driving called The Figure Eight. The rise and fall of one such driver is the whole story behind PIT STOP.

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Final film of Brian Donlevy. See more »


The type of car changes during the street drag race. The race starts out with a 1952 modified Chevy on the left. The car modifications makes it look like a "gasser" drag race car (it's actually a street freak). This car does not have a front bumper and has a solid front axle. The car that crashes is a stock 1952 Chevy complete with front bumper and stock front suspension. See more »


Grant Willard: I'm trying to find myself a winner. Racing is a tough business. It's strictly the survival of the fittest. It's just like war: You got a winner and a loser and nothing in between. I busted a lot of heads, training my company in the Marines. But when they got into action, they led the whole Division in decorations received - what was left of them.
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A Beautiful Throbbing Piece of Americana
13 July 2000 | by z0mb0ySee all my reviews

There's a genuinely unhinged quality to the stock car drivers depicted in this movie. Their lives are empty except for the thrill of racing, which amounts to a death wish. The black and white cinematography is excellent, with a very moody documentary/chariscuro feel. The principals are all very good, especially Sid Haig as a particularly unhinged driver. Beverly Washburn (also from the incredible SPIDER BABY) plays the protagonist's teenage girlfriend. For me, this movie shows a more complete mastery of the cinematic form then Coppola or Bogdonovich or any of those guys had when they were with Corman. And of course, the car wrecks filmed at real race tracks don't hurt either.

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14 May 1969 (USA) See more »

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Jack Hill Productions See more »
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