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


Hal Needham


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


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 <>

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Did You Know?


This is the only real live action movie that Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson made together though they both did do voice work for the animated pic All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989). Reynolds and Anderson formed a relationship which lead to a five year marriage between 1988 and 1993, a marriage that began five years after this movie was made. Reportedly, their messy divorce drew much publicity from the media. The two first met on the set of The Merv Griffin Show (1962) in 1981 but did not start dating until 1982. This movie was made and released in 1983. See more »


In the group of cars that routinely raced around Stroker Ace in every race was a #77, a white 1977 Monte Carlo. The movie supposedly takes place in the early 80s after NASCAR downsized the cars and this Montel Carlo would not have been legal to race in the series anymore. See more »


Man in Bar: Come on, damnit, we wanna hear a *cluck*!
Stroker Ace: Who gives a cluck?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Christine Baranski/The Cure (1996) See more »


What Have We Got To Lose
Written and Performed by Larry Gatlin
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the most Burt Reynolds
30 December 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Stroker Ace (Burt Reynolds) grew up with moonshining Seegles being chased by the cops in the backwoods. He is a reckless arrogant womanizing three-time NASCAR champ. Aubrey James (Parker Stevenson) is his ambitious young rival. Lugs (Jim Nabors) is his crew chief. He is taken with virginal Pembrook Feeney (Loni Anderson). She's Clyde Torkle (Ned Beatty)'s new employee. When Stroker loses his sponsor, he signs up with untrustworthy Fried Chicken king Torkle as The Fastest Chicken in the South. He grows to hate his contract and tries to get out of it.

This is Burt Reynolds at his most Burt Reynolds. As a kid, I didn't really mind the bad writing and didn't get some of the jokes. It wasn't my favorite racing movie but I didn't know the critical panning this received. I love Cannonball Run and I knew this is inferior. Watching it again recently gave me a few more problems. Loni is a big robotic problem. Her innocent act does not work. The writing is not that funny either. It's just a lot of camp from the cast. I don't actually hate this but it's not good.

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Release Date:

1 July 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stand on It See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,668,135, 4 July 1983

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1.85 : 1
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