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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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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's climax race used actual race footage from the Talladega Superspeedway motor-sports complex. Close-ups for the finale were filmed at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia. The latter was known as the Atlanta International Raceway during the time of filming, its name being changed in 1990. Previously, the opening scenes of the earlier Burt Reynolds movie Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) had also been shot at the Atlanta track. See more »

Goofs

The balloons released during the final Charlotte victory scene clearly do not match the balloons in the race-day aerial shot that follows. See more »

Quotes

Lugs Harvey: [Torkle has his hand on the car] Don't lean on the car. Nobody touches the car. Not EVER!
[Arnold glares at him]
Lugs Harvey: Except you! You can touch it any time you want!
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Victim Of Life's Circumstances
Written by Delbert McClinton
Performed by The Marshall Tucker Band
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"Ace": in the hole....
8 October 1999 | by Mister-6See all my reviews

Ever notice how in his later movies Burt Reynolds' laugh sounds like screeching brakes?

Must have been hanging out with Hal Needham too much.

And from the looks of "Stroker Ace", WAY too much.

Can you believe this was based on a book? Neither could I, but it was. And probably not a best-seller, I'll wager.

Burt's another good-old-boy in the NASCAR circuit who hitches up with Beatty as a fried chicken magnate with designs on his team. Anderson provides what love interest there is and Nabors does his umpteenth Gomer Pyle impression as faithful mechanic/best friend Lugs.

A lot of people here are friends of Burt's or Hal's. Others must have needed the work. And even real NASCAR drivers get in on the act, and look to have more talent than those with SAG cards.

As far as laughs go, Bubba Smith (pre-"Police Academy") gets them as Beatty's chauffeur. And Petersen, in full Elvira mode, gets lots of appreciative leers as a lady who wants to get to know Lugs real well. REAL WELL.

It's a shame that Burt threw away as much time and effort in a film like "Stroker Ace" where it didn't matter whether he bothered to act or not. They didn't bother to write a character for him, why bother to act?

Two stars. Mostly for Petersen, and for the out-takes at the end. Now THEY'RE funny.


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