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Checkered Flag or Crash (1977)

Race car driver Walkaway Madden signs up for the big Manilla 1000 off-road race through the Philippines jungle. The photojournalist C.C. Wainwright comes along for the ride.

Director:

Alan Gibson

Writer:

Michael Allin
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Cast

Cast overview:
Joe Don Baker ... Walkaway Madden
Susan Sarandon ... C.C. Wainwright
Larry Hagman ... Bo Cochran
Alan Vint ... Doc Pyle
Parnelli Jones ... Self
Logan Clarke ... Ringer
Daina House ... Rider in Black
Michel Pitton Michel Pitton ... Perrier
Bert LeRoy Jr. Bert LeRoy Jr. ... Fly (as Bert LeRoy)
Dick Adair Dick Adair ... Adams
Bill Cross Bill Cross ... Angel
Ben Leeman Ben Leeman ... Pits
Eazy Black Eazy Black ... Wilkinson
Cachupoy Cachupoy ... Ramon
Eddie Mercado Eddie Mercado ... Reporter
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Race car driver Walkaway Madden signs up for the big Manilla 1000 off-road race through the Philippines jungle. The photojournalist C.C. Wainwright comes along for the ride.

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Taglines:

The First Movie About Off-Road Racing. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Checkered Flag or Crash
Written by Norman Sachs and Mel Mandel
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FABULOUS Movie!
10 June 2015 | by deesmith91See all my reviews

I searched long and hard for this movie, as I do for all of Joe Don's early work. This movie is magnificent! I watch it over and over. It's got Joe Don, Susan Sarandon, Larry Hagman and Parnelli Jones, and it casts Joe Don much better than a lot of his other movies.

A GREAT thing about this movie is how creatively the actors talk--they NEVER use profanity, but come up with other ways to express what they are feeling. Any other "action" movie is full of foul language.

Another great thing about it is all the Bugs and rail-jobs. Even Walkaway's car started out as a Bug. I've been a Bug person most of my life.

And I LOVE the way Bo says "motor-cicle" instead of motorcycle. I say it that way myself very often.

I guess the best thing about this movie for me is that it is set in the 1970's. That was a kinder, gentler time when Joe Don was young and SO gorgeous.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Gear See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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