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Stroker Ace (1983)

The title character, a popular NASCAR driver, clashes with the fried-chicken mogul that sponsors his racing team.

Director:

Hal Needham

Writers:

William Neely (novel), Robert K. Ottum (novel) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Stroker Ace
Ned Beatty ... Clyde Torkle
Jim Nabors ... Lugs
Parker Stevenson ... Aubrey James
Loni Anderson ... Pembrook Feeney
John Byner ... Doc Seegle
Frank O. Hill Frank O. Hill ... Dad Seegle
Cassandra Peterson ... Girl with Lugs
Bubba Smith ... Arnold
Warren Stevens ... Jim Catty
Alfie Wise Alfie Wise ... Charlie
James C. Lewis James C. Lewis ... Crew Chief
Neil Bonnett Neil Bonnett ... NASCAR Driver
Dale Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt ... NASCAR Driver
Harry P. Gant Harry P. Gant ... NASCAR Driver (as Harry Gant)
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Storyline

Stroker Ace, a champion NASCAR driver, is standing at the top of his career, but is getting fed up with having to do as he's told. In between rebelling against his sponsor (a fried chicken chain)'s promotion gimmicks (like making him dress up in giant chicken suit) he spends the rest of the movie trying to bed the buxom Pembrook. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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BURT'S BACK . . . With car crashin' & party crashin' as the hassled hunk who drives his car upside down & his women round the bend! [Australia theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stand on It See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was filmed on five different speedway racetracks. They were the the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Georgia; the Daytona International Speeway in Florida; the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina; the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina and the Talladega SuperSpeedway (then known at the time as the Alabama International Motor Speedway) in Alabama. See more »

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Some of the racing footage used is obviously from different years, with older-model cars. See more »

Quotes

Stroker Ace: I thought all actors were egotistical hypochondriac sissies.
Doc Seegle: Well, they are. But I like'em.
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A Must See (For Its Badness)
15 January 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Stroker Ace (1983)

1/2 (out of 4)

I must admit that when people say Burt Reynolds I gladly call myself a fan since I love DELIVERANCE and enjoy both THE LONGEST YARD and SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT. So far I've stayed away from his 80s output but decided to tackle my first one with this turkey and it's rather sad if you really think about how bad this thing is. In the film Reynolds plays Stroker Ace, a hot-shot Nascar driver who signs a contract with a chicken king (Ned Beatty) who soon has the star on the road making a fool of himself. With the help of his mechanic (Jim Nabors) and another associate (Loni Anderson), Ace must try and find a way to get fired and released from the contract. Earlier I said it was sad to watch something like this considering some of the great things Reynolds had done in his career so it's rather stupid of me to highly recommend this film due to how incredibly bad it is. I really wasn't expecting too much but it's rather shocking to see how unfunny this comedy is and the only reason it avoids a BOMB rating from me is simply because it remains entertaining simply so you can see how much worse it's going to get. The movie has no plot to think of and what little there is is just downright stupid. Do we really believe someone would sign this contract without reading it? The movie contains one bad joke after another and we get at least four with Reynolds looking in the mirror to comment on how good his hair looks. I honestly can't say he gives a bad performance because he plays that same Good Ol' Boy that he made a career out of. He's certainly going through the motions but he comes off looking as if he thinks he's doing a great job. Nabors is slightly charming in a few scenes but Beatty comes off pretty bad throughout. Anderson's entire character seems like something from another movie and the supporting cast includes various Nascar drivers, Bubba Smith and even Elvira pops up in perhaps the best gag of the film. I think the scariest thing is that this movie apparently did pretty well at the box office and this wasn't the film that would eventually kill Reynolds career. I plan on going through more of his output from this decade and I really hope nothing is worse than this here. Fingers crossed.


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