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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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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

Right after the Talladega race, they race at Michigan, but yet they pass the wall that says "Winston 500", which was the name of the race at Talladega. See more »

Quotes

NASCAR Driver: [Petty, Rudd, Earnhardt and James are racing room service carts in the hotel and Aubrey falls off] What seems to be the problem, James?
Aubrey James: Well, It's not handling too well in the turns, Kyle.
NASCAR Driver: You never could drive anyway, James. It's ALWAYS the equipment.
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Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: The Stinkers of 1984 (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Stroker Ace (Stroker's Theme)
Written and Performed by The Charlie Daniels Band
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it depends on what you want to see
22 June 2000 | by NASCARaddictedSee all my reviews

from the view of a NASCAR Maniac like I am, the movie is interesting. You can see many race cars from 1983. Even tough, the racing scenes are not that much realistic. But I have to admit, that I haven't seen any race before 1995, because before that time, they didn't show any NASCAR races in Germany)

from the view of a Burt Reynolds fan like I am, the movie basically is what we are used to see from Reynolds in the 80's: Burt behind the wheel of a fast car, like in his Bandit Movies.

If you love NASCAR and Burt Reynolds, this movie is a must-see. If you only love one of this 2 things, I also recommend to watch it. If you like neither NASCAR nor Burt Reynolds, you still should give it a chance, but remember, this movie was far away from winning an Oscar Academy Award.

It is the typical humor of the 80's. If you like movies like the Cannonball Movies, and Police Academy, you will also like that one.


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