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A small desert town is terrorized by a powerful, seemingly possessed car, and the local sheriff may be the only one who can stop it.

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Wade Parent
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Lauren
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Everett
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Amos
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John Morris
Elizabeth Thompson ...
Margie
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Ray Mott
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Lynn Marie
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Debbie
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Miss McDonald
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Metcalf
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Bertha
Henry O'Brien ...
Chas
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Denson
Lee McLaughlin ...
Marvin Fats
Margaret Willey ...
Navajo Woman
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Mac Gruder
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Dalton (as Ernie Orsatti)
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Jimmy
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Donna
Hank Hamilton ...
Al Ashberry
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Parker
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Suzie Pullbrook (as Melody Thomas)
Bob Woodlock ...
Pete Keil
James Rawley ...
Thompson
Louis Welch ...
Berry
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Wally
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Dr. Pullbrook
Steve Gravers ...
Mr. Mackey
Tony Brande ...
Joe
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Luke
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High School Student (uncredited)
Elliott Mason ...
Little Boy (uncredited)
Johnny Timko ...
Little Boy (uncredited)

Directed by

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Elliot Silverstein

Written by

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Dennis Shryack ... (screenplay) &
Michael Butler ... (screenplay) and
Lane Slate ... (screenplay)
 
Dennis Shryack ... (story) &
Michael Butler ... (story)

Produced by

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Marvin Birdt ... producer
Elliot Silverstein ... producer

Music by

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Leonard Rosenman

Cinematography by

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Gerald Hirschfeld ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Michael McCroskey

Editorial Department

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Todd C. Ramsay ... associate editor (as Todd Ramsay)

Casting By

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Lee Schaff Guardino ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Loyd S. Papez

Set Decoration by

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John McCarthy Jr. ... (as John McCarthy)

Makeup Department

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Brenda Boyd Bishop ... hair stylist (as Brenda Boyd)
Rick Sharp ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Frank Arrigo ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Pamela A. Brewer ... Assistant Director Trainee
Robert Latham Brown ... second assistant director
Gary Daigler ... first assistant director

Sound Department

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James R. Alexander ... sound (as Jim Alexander)
Kevin F. Cleary ... sound
John Stacy ... sound editor (as John M. Stacy)
Robert Jackson ... sound re-recording loader (uncredited)
George E. Marshall Jr. ... sound utility: second unit (uncredited)
Dennis C. Salcedo ... optical sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Kevin Pike ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Albert Whitlock ... special visual effects
Henry Schoessler ... matte crew (uncredited)

Stunts

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Everett Creach ... stunt coordinator
A.J. Bakunas ... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Clark ... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach ... stunt driver (uncredited)
Eddie Mulder ... stunts (uncredited)
Rock A. Walker ... stunts (uncredited)

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Ronald Vidor ... first assistant: a cam
Curtis Foster ... lamp operator (uncredited)
Owen Marsh ... camera operator (uncredited)
Louis Niemeyer ... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Tony Rivetti ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited) / steadicam (uncredited)
Michael Simpson ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Music Department

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Bettie Biery ... music editor
Dale Anderson ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Miles Anderson ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Marilyn Baker ... musician: viola (uncredited)
John Bergamo ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Denyse Buffum ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Jay Daversa ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Vince De Rosa ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Jim Decker ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Chuck Domanico ... musician: bass (uncredited)
David Duke ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Ernest Ehrhardt ... musician: cello (uncredited)
John Ellis ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Christine Ermacoff ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Dominick Fera ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Norman Forrest ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Pamela Goldsmith ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Gary Gray ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Ralph Grierson ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Norman Herzburg ... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Joe Howard ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson ... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Artie Kane ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Dennis Karmazyn ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Roland Kato ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Pearl Kaufman ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Janet Lakatos ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Ronald Langinger ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Edgar Lustgarten ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Arthur Maebe ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Jack Marsh ... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Lew McCreary ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Malcolm McNab ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Ed Meares ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Peter Mercurio ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Buell Neidlinger ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Dan Neufeld ... musician: viola (uncredited)
John Neufeld ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Richard Perissi ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Tom Raney ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Uan Rasey ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Dorothy Remsen ... musician: harp (uncredited)
Emil Richards ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
David Riddles ... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
George Roberts ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Gale Robinson ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Leonard Rosenman ... conductor (uncredited)
Victor Sazer ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Jim Self ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
David Sherr ... musician: flute (uncredited)
David Shostac ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Julian Spear ... musician: flute (uncredited)
David Speltz ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Sheridon Stokes ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Ron Straus ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Tony Terran ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Milton Thomas ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Lloyd Ulyate ... musician: trombone (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Alby Thomas ... transportation manager
Chris Haynes ... driver (uncredited)
Frank Khoury ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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George Barris ... car customizing
Anton LaVey ... creative consultant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Near the small desert town of Santa Ynez, a mysterious black car runs down two teenage bicyclers en route to camp, then it hit-and-runs a hitchhiker with local Amos Clements as witness. Sheriff Everett puts his men on alert and plants road blocks in the area to arrest the murderer, but soon he himself falls victim to the car. Sheriff Wade Parent leads the hunt for the vehicle that threatens their town and seems impossible to locate. When his beloved girlfriend, teacher Lauren Humphries, challenges the driver in a cemetery, the car hunts her in her home. Wade realizes he might be dealing with supernatural powers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / revised by statmanjeff

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Taglines Is it a phantom, a demon, or the Devil himself? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Wheels (United States)
  • DeathMobile (Canada, English title)
  • The Car - l'enfer mécanique (France)
  • Enfer mécanique (France)
  • Asesino invisible (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 96 min
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Trivia Car cost $84,000.00 to build. See more »
Goofs When Chas drops Lauren off at her home to collect things to spend the night with Wade's children while Wade's in the hospital, her home appears to be the center house in either a dead end or cul-de-sac; however, when The Car flies/drives through her home to kill her and lands on the other side of her house, it lands on a highway and drives away as if her house was built on a straight roadway. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Trust Doesn't Rust (1982). See more »
Soundtracks Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: I. 'Morning' See more »
Quotes Donna: Wade... there's something I... I wanna tell you about last night. Well, the old lady... well, Chas, he didn't translate everything that she said.
Wade Parent: What do you mean?
Donna: Well, uh... she said... there was no driver in the car.
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