Hot Rod (1979 TV Movie)
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This flick is for every down-and-dirty dude who has ever busted his knuckles on his ride all week long, just to be able to make it to the local cruise night or dragstrip on Saturday night and give those trailer queens a run for their money!
If you are looking for stellar acting, this isn't the film for you, as is the case with most made for TV movies. But if an all-primered pre-war Willys with a Hemi and a Blower, A cool Studebaker pickup, a big block Olds Cutlass, and tons of other classic rods get your blood cookin', you need to own this one! It's also cool to see all the soon-to-be famous actors who graced this movie like Robert Culp, Grant Goodeve, Gregg Henry, Ed Begley Jr. and Pernell Roberts, before they moved on to higher paying gigs. Also, I don't know where they came up with the technical adviser for this movie, but someone had a clue here, for a refreshing change. Or at least, until they start taking Hemi's out of AMC Matadors, but hey could've happened, right?
OK, here's the story line-Take a good guy with very little cash (sound familiar?), who does ALL his own work (and they show it!), who challenges authority and the bad guys who have all the advantages, and you've got the framework for a decent flick every self-respecting rodder should own. In one memorable scene, the cops pull the hero over, give him yet another ticket (that he has no intention of paying) and when he tries to leave, he cranks the battery dead and the Willys needs to be push-started. Oh man, I can't even remember how many times I was that guy! You just don't get that kind of reality in most 'Car-Movies'. I was thrilled to finally get a DVD copy from Charter Entertainment, as my VHS copy was worn thin. I still watch this flick at least twice a year, usually before I go racing!
You never see this movie on any car magazine's "Top 10 Favorite Car Movies" list for some reason. I don't know if it's too unknown, or just another conspiracy from the "Paint Job" crowd? But I haven't seen this many cool cars floating around since "Heart Like A Wheel", not to mention the footage of the now-vanished dragstrip in Lyons, California. Get youself a copy and enjoy! You won't regret it!
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Lots of drag racing from the Fremont Drag Strip in No Cal. with various hot rods, funny cars and top fuelers from the '70s. Hang on for a fun ride! A "must have" for any fan of drag racing.
If you didn't love Hemi's before watching the movie you will after. I think this movie made Grey primer cool, and as for Willy's Coupes! Well you will just have to watch the movie.
One of my favorite parts is when they all sneak into the museum and steal the Blower from Munn's own car, Sticking it to the man is always good watching.
Gregg Henry who plays Brian Edison ( the lead ) is believable as the happy go lucky guy next door type, who we can all relate to.
The Soundtrack fits well to the movie and brings you right into the story line, makes you wish for Drive In Movie's and Summer.
I wish it was out on DVD.
Thanks to this site I was able to obtain the name and also locate a copy on Ebay.
Thanks for all the info. I can't wait to receive the movie and watch it again. If I can help someone to locate this movie I can give you the name of seller on ebay or at least send you in the area I searched to find another copy. I think this last movie will conclude my car movie collection.
Along with all the top drivers of the 1970s, this film includes a whole sync sound color sequence on "Jungle Jim" Liberman and the only full color, professionally shot, sequence on "Jungle" Pam's drag strip performance.
This movie brings back the golden age of drag racing.
The film just sucks you in. Many people have commented that they have watched it 20 times and more.
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