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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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

During the start of the climactic 'final race of the season' the race cars are shown rolling onto the track from their pit road lineup positions. As they roll away, we see a closeup of a wheel and tire; the lettering on the tire (the word "Goodyear", etc.) is a reversed/mirror image. See more »

Quotes

Stroker Ace: [Punches Aubrey James] Take that, 12.
Lugs HarveyPembrook Feeney: 10.
Stroker Ace: Whatever.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: A Star Is Born Again (2003) See more »

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Written and Performed by Larry Gatlin
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Some people will enjoy this
2 June 2016 | by michaeljhumanSee all my reviews

You sort of have to like these Hal Needham/Reynolds movies to like this.

The plot is weak. The dialog is mildly amusing. I found the whole chicken sponsor thing pretty funny though.

Loni Anderson fans might enjoy her ridiculous role as the naive PR person for the chicken chain

There's cleavage shown from time to time which some will appreciate

I have read the book, and the movie is quite different than the book. The book is a series of stories, possibly tall tales, loosely based on the experiences of the writers in racing. It's mostly about sex, heavy drinking and wrecking/racing cars. I enjoyed it a lot. The book is better than the movie IMO

I think Nabors and Reynolds have some funny interactions.

Auto racing is rather limited, probably due to cost. But you do get to see some vintage cars and racing footage

Just remember this is a silly pointless movie, in the spirit of movies like Smokey and the Bandit and maybe you will enjoy it like I do


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