Larry Rayder is an aspiring NASCAR driver, Deke Sommers is mechanic. As they feel they collectively are the best, the only thing that is holding them back is money to build the best vehicle...
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Insurance investigator Maindrian Pace and his team lead double-lives as unstoppable car thieves. When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one, a 1973 Ford... See full summary »
Larry Rayder is an aspiring NASCAR driver, Deke Sommers is mechanic. As they feel they collectively are the best, the only thing that is holding them back is money to build the best vehicle possible. As such, they decide to rob a supermarket's office of the money in its safe to pursue their dream. On the most part, their robbery is successful, although their plan breaks down in its end phase, which doesn't allow them as much getaway time as they wanted. Another problem they face is an unexpected third person in their getaway, Larry's one night stand Mary Coombs, who doesn't like the fact that Larry ran off on her, although she eventually also says that she doesn't want any of the money. With a police scanner and two-way radio in their souped up Dodge Charger, they try to outrun the police, who have an identification of their vehicle, and a general description of the three. The police pursuit is led by the tenacious Sheriff Everett Franklin, who knows he and his team can catch them, ...Written by
Awesome 70's car chase flick has Fonda and Rourke holding a supermarket manager's wife and kid hostage, stealing his money and making a clean getaway. They didn't expect Mary (George) to tag along after Fonda sleeps and ditches her. Vic Morrow plays the officer in charge trying to catch the trio. So many great car chase sequences and stunts; it's such a blast to watch. All three leads are great but Rourke is especially good as the calm, quiet, and somewhat creepy partner-in-crime. One of the unsung films of the 70's and ranks among the best car chase films of all time along with 'Bullitt', 'French Connection', 'The Driver', and 'Midnight Run.'
***1/2 out of ****
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