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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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Flesh Against Steel! See more »

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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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Trivia

The magazine Rick Bowman (Dick Davalos) is reading in the hotel room is the January 1967 issue of Hot Rod. On the cover is a picture Dan Gurney and his Gurney Weslake engine. See more »

Goofs

During the race sequences, car tires are consistently heard squealing on the dirt track. Tires cannot make a squealing sound on dirt. See more »

Quotes

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 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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