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King of the Mountain (1981)

PG | | Drama | 1 May 1981 (USA)
A group of friends race their high-powered cars up and down a dangerous and deadly mountain road known as Mulholland Drive to see who can claim the title of "King of the Hill."

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steve
... Buddy
... Tina
... Roger
... Cal
... Rick
... Barry Tanner
Sloan Roberts ... Billy T (as Jon Sloan)
Steve Jones ... Policeman
Ashley Cox ... Elaine
... Jamie Winter
... Neighbor
Buddy Joe Hooker ... Fast Joe Otis
Ron Trice ... Keyboard player
Curt Ayers ... Fatburger
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A group of friends race their high-powered cars up and down a dangerous and deadly mountain road known as Mulholland Drive to see who can claim the title of "King of the Hill."

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The race. The risk. The danger. It's worth it all to be...King of the Mountain

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1 May 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le roi de la montagne  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$958,637, 3 May 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,791,147
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Harry Hamlin's role was intended for Brad Davis, who was fired due to his drug problems. See more »

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Steve: [Opening lines, voiceover] 23 miles of Mulholland, slicing Los Angeles like a knife... it's like a trip in time. Sometimes I just can't wait for night. You see too much in the sunshine. Road's changin'... civilization's choking it. At night, the straightaways are shorter... turns sharper... the drop steeper. It's the only place I ever felt safe. Clear, clean... and fast. Freedom. I wonder who it'll be tonight? I hope he's fast.
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WALKING ON THE MOON
By The Police
Courtesy of A&M Records
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A mountain void of story, but some good action
13 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

You'd probably think by judging the cover of this old action flick, it's average. And you'd be dead right. This film actually even had a book too, if you can believe. What this film is basically about, is about petrol heads racing each other on the snaking high top road, above the twinkling lights of L.A known as Mulholland Drive. Everyone wants to be the fastest, hence claim the title of this film. Good luck to to them. We have an array of known actors. Even Dan "Grizzly Adams" Haggerty gets in on this one, as an older and wiser mechanic who gave up being a petrol head, cause he knew it was his time. He lectures Hamlin, the new wannabe winner, to mull his future if continuing to race, and where is it leading. This is basically the message: Do you wanna keeping racing cars or make something of yourself. Some of his friends too play in a struggling band, Hamlin's new love (Van Valkenberg) a singer. Some of racing scenes at night are impressive, I must admit, but what this story rides low is any real kind of story, which here is devoid of plot, yet near the end, racing nutter Cal (Hopper) challenges Bottoms to a race or vice versa, where he accepts, this leading to tragedy, where Hamlin becomes the avenging racer. Really a film for speed freaks.


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