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Fast Company (1979)

R | | Drama, Sport | 17 August 1979 (USA)
After his sponsor replaces him with his arch rival, a race-car driver decides to steal the car and race it himself.


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

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Drag racing: that's what FAST COMPANY is all about. See more »


Drama | Sport


R | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Finnish video release's cover sheet mentions Jodie Foster having a role in this movie. Actually Judy Foster is in the cast. See more »


In the race between Lonnie and Gary in the funny cars the wheel rims change. At the start they are full dish wheels then at the finish of the race they have changed to five spoke star wheels. 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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Referenced in Hollywood North (2003) See more »

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An Incredibly Dull Film by Cronenberg
26 January 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The famous drag racer Lonnie 'Lucky Man' Johnson (William Smith) is the star of the Fast Company, managed by the corrupt Phil Adamson (John Saxon) Lonnie is the mentor of the promising funny car racer Billy 'The Kid' Brocker (Nicholas Campbell). When Adamson makes a deal with Lonnie's competitor Gary 'The Blacksmith' Black (Cedric Smith), he takes the funny car from Lonnie and Billy. But they decide to steal the car and run independently in the next race. But Adamson intends to use any means to stop Loonie.

"Fast Company" is an incredibly dull film by David Cronenberg. The film is indicated only for fans of this great director that want to know his complete filmography and fans of drag racing. This film is the last one for the gorgeous Claudia Jennings that ironically died in a car accident in the same year. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Escuderia do Poder" ("Motor-Racing Team of the Power")

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Release Date:

17 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Box Office


CAD1,200,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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