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Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

Shirley Muldowney is determined to be a top-fuel drag racer, although no woman has ever raced them before. Despite the high risks of this kind of racing and the burden it places on her ... See full summary »

Director:

Jonathan Kaplan

Writers:

Ken Friedman, Joan McCall (original script by)

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bonnie Bedelia ... Shirley Muldowney
Beau Bridges ... Connie Kalitta
Bruce Barlow Bruce Barlow ... Bass Player, Tex's Band
Leo Rossi ... Jack Muldowney
Anthony Edwards ... John Muldowney (age 15-23)
Hoyt Axton ... Tex Roque
Paul Bartel ... Chef Paul
Missy Basile Missy Basile ... Angela
Creed Bratton ... Photographer
Jesse Aragon Jesse Aragon ... Carlos
Tiffany Brissette ... Little Shirley
Paul Bryar ... Matt, Card Player
James Burton ... Guitar Player, Tex's Band
Martin Casella ... Repoter #1
Michael Cavanaugh ... NHRA Boss
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Storyline

Shirley Muldowney is determined to be a top-fuel drag racer, although no woman has ever raced them before. Despite the high risks of this kind of racing and the burden it places on her family life, she perseveres in her dream. Written by Reid Gagle

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She did something, women were forbidden to do and, become a World Champion.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Beauty See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$272,278
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Actor Charles Haid was originally cast as Connie Kalitta and filmed for several days before being fired for being difficult. He was replaced by Beau Bridges. See more »

Goofs

A sign for Pepsi's famous "Be Sociable/Have a Pepsi" campaign is visible in barroom scene set in 1956, two years earlier than that slogan was actually launched. See more »

Quotes

Repoter #1: What's a beautiful girl like you doing at a racetrack like this?
Shirley Muldowney: Winning.
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Connections

Featured in Shirley Muldowney: Behind the Wheel (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Born to Win
Music & Lyrics by Tom Snow
Performed by Jill Michaels
Scotti Brothers Records
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Heartwarming!
5 March 2000 | by Monika-5See all my reviews

Bonnie Bedelia turns in an outstanding performance as female drag racer Shirley Muldowney. The cars, music and clothes are right on for the time period. The film is filled with the struggles Shirley went through to juggle a racing career and still be a good wife and mother. Don't miss this movie!


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