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Underground Aces (1981)

PG | | Comedy | January 1981 (USA)
The escapades of a crew of zany parking lot attendants.


Robert Butler


Lenore Wright, James Carabatsos (as Jim Carabatsos) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Benedict ... Pete Huffman
T.K. Carter ... Dee Jay
Robert Hegyes ... Tico
Rick Podell ... Joe
Michael Winslow ... Nate
Kario Salem ... Sheik
Ralph Seymour ... Zig
Randy Brooks ... Ollie
Joshua Daniel Joshua Daniel ... Wally
Sid Haig ... Faoud
Jerry Orbach ... Herbert Penlittle
Melanie Griffith ... Lucy
Audrey Landers ... Annie Wenders
Fawne Harriman Fawne Harriman ... Mitzi
Mimi Maynard ... Madeline


The escapades of a crew of zany parking lot attendants.

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They are parking lot zanies at the most luxurious hotel in Beverly Hills...and when they take aim, not a car or a dame is ever the same. See more »




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Release Date:

January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Grande Escapada See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Filmways Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Very similar to the high successful movie Car Wash (a group of eclectic, music-loving free-spirits serve the idle rich: but from a hotel where the characters park but mostly race around in expensive cars throughout the underground parking lot). See more »


Pete Huffman: Bernie, ask her is she loves you.
Sheik: I couldn't.
Pete Huffman: [takes off his cap] Bernie, this is America.
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References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »


Underground Aces
Composed and Performed by The Commodores
Courtesy of Motown Records
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The Sheik Hits the Fan
8 March 2019 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

Dirk Benedict was two years between, before and after BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and THE A-TEAM when he starred in this CAR WASH clone where a group of misfits are supposed to park rich people's vehicles in the parking lot beneath a plush hotel - only to race them around, now and again...

The rest of the picture involves the gang of mostly minorities including Robert Hegyes as a Latin lover; cool black dudes Randy Brooks; the always optimistic T.K. Carter; the otherwise non-speaking, barking/howling human voice-box Michael Winslow; handsome Italian Rick Podell as a selfish mechanic boyfriend of ingenue Melanie Griffith, whose high-pitched voice is squeakier than ever as she predictably edges toward Benedict, the new guy/resilient con man and soon enough, leader of the pack...

One of those comedies where the cast is having more fun than the audience, the worst story involves a shy young Sheik who the cast spends so much time helping romance engaged blonde bombshell Audrey Landers, there's barely time for other random hijinks: all while dodging a security chief named Fred Kruger...

Meanwhile, miscast ladies' man Hegyes finds his "perfect girl" before acquiring a distinct persona to fit within the overall eclectic ensemble. In fact, pretty much everyone on board goes through cliché motions in a limited space with hardly any comedic breathing room, unlike its classic (and even more contained) mentor, CAR WASH...

And if the awesome-titled UNDERGROUND ACES had the decency to call itself ONE SHEIK FOR ONE BRIDE, fans of exploitation drive-in flicks wouldn't have been taken for such a ride.

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