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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.

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Jack Hill

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Jack Hill
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Cast

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 ... Himself
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Storyline

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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Action | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Winner See more »

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Jack Hill Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Although the Pacific Northwest psychedelic band The Daily Flash is credited with the rock music heard on the film's soundtrack, surviving band members claim that they don't actually know which personnel performed that music. It may have been performed by a mix of band regulars and miscellaneous musicians who were hanging out with them. See more »

Goofs

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 a gasser type drag race car. 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 »

Quotes

Hawk Sidney: Hey, boy, you gonna race with us?
Rick Bowman: I don't know if I got the guts.
Hawk Sidney: [cackles] what you mean is, you don't think you're dingy enough. S'everybody knows you got to be dingy to run figure eight; specially Mr Willard here. That right, Grant?
Grant Willard: Bob, bring the Hawk a beer.
Hawk Sidney: Hey, yeah! Now listen here, boy. You know why I'm the winner? Cos I'm the dingy-est there is. So when they see me coming through that intersection, they just naturally back off, cos they know I ain't gonna stop for nobody. So when you ...
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A Truly Excellent Film
15 September 2000 | by DVD ManiacSee all my reviews

A young street punk named, Rick Bowman (Dick Davalos), arrested for drag racing. He is bailed out by racing promoter Grant Willard (Brian Donlevy), who offers to sponsor him as driver in the crazy world of figure-8 racing. Rick at first turns down his offer, but later decides to accept his offer after he sees the current figure-8 champion Hawk (Long Time Hill Regular Sid Haig). Rick sees the arrogance of Hawk and decides that he is better than him and he can beat him.

Rick does awful in his first 2 races and seeks some help. He finds an old man who used to be a champ and learns his secrets. Finally, Rick is able to beat Hawk and becomes the winner, but becoming a winner comes with a price.

Pit Stop without a doubt is Jack Hill's finest effort as a director. Hill who really didn't want to even do a race film, does a terrific job of creating a realistic feel of the racing circuit. The car crashes are well staged and edited, also the acting is excellent all across the board, especially by Sid Haig as the arrogant Hawk. Pit Stop comes in first place as one of the best films of the drive-in era.


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