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Fast Company (1979)

R | | Drama, Sport | 17 August 1979 (USA)
Famous drag racer Lonnie 'Lucky Man' Johnson drives a funny car and is the star driver of his sponsor Fast Company, managed by the corrupt Phil Adamson. He also becomes a mentor to the ... See full summary »


David Cronenberg


David Cronenberg (screenplay), Phil Savath (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
William Smith ... Lonnie 'Lucky Man' Johnson
Claudia Jennings ... Sammy
John Saxon ... Phil Adamson
Nicholas Campbell ... Billy 'The Kid' Brooker
Don Francks ... Elder
Cedric Smith ... Gary 'The Blacksmith' Black
Judy Foster ... Candy
Robert Haley ... P.J.
George Buza ... Meatball
David Graham David Graham ... Stoner
David Petersen ... Slezak
Chuck Chandler Chuck Chandler ... Edmonton Track Announcer
Cheri Hilsabeck Cheri Hilsabeck ... Hitchhiker
Sonya Ratke Sonya Ratke ... Hitchhiker
Michael Bell ... Chuck Randall


Famous drag racer Lonnie 'Lucky Man' Johnson drives a funny car and is the star driver of his sponsor Fast Company, managed by the corrupt Phil Adamson. He also becomes a mentor to the promising racer Billy 'The Kid' Crocker. When Adamson makes a deal with Lonnie's competitor, Gary 'The Blacksmith' Black, he steals the funny car from Lonnie and Billy. When they find out, they take back the car with plans to run it independently in the next race. This infuriates Adamson, who aims to put a clamp on his former star's plans by any means necessary. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The danger. The rush. The victory. See more »


Drama | Sport


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Did You Know?


The last film of Claudia Jennings. She died in a car crash the following year. See more »


One closeup of Meatball (seen when Lonnie gets fired from the team) has obviously been optically reversed, as evidenced by the inverted Goodyear logo on his hat. See more »


Elder: What are you gonna do now?
Lonnie 'Lucky Man' Johnson: We will enjoy our life.
Sammy: Yes, at least for one week.
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David Cronenberg's Fast Company!
13 October 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Fast Company (1979) is an interesting film by David Cronenberg. He took a departure from his clinical horror films and made a quasi mainstream film dealing with hot rods and the sleazy sideshow aspect of them. Unlike most films of this genre, Cronenberg takes a look at the shady business that the promoters of the drivers do to try a make a buck whenever they can. Most times at the expense of the driver's safety and welfare. I wasn't expecting much from this movie but I was quite surprised at the results. All-American tough guy William Smith plays the lead whilst John Saxon co-stars as his shady promoter/ manager.

In the hands of any other director, this movie wouldn't have been that watchable. But Cronenberg works with what he has and creates a visually appealing movie. The inside shots of the driver was very well done. In some scenes the driver looks as if he's part of the machine! The camera catches the action and you can feel yourself being dragged along at 200 plus miles an hour. The film follows these drivers as the go from one small town to another performing in front of small crowds. This movie neither glamorizes or denegrate the "sport". It just documents it.

Like I said in the beginning, I wasn't expecting much (maybe because this movie wasn't widely released if at all in the U.S.A.) but I was surprisingly pleased with the end results. I would have to recommend this film for Cronenberg and William Smith fans.


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Release Date:

17 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

10.000 PS - Vollgasrausch im Grenzbereich See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Box Office


CAD1,200,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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