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Checkered Flag (1991)

Unsold TV pilot about two young race car drivers compete on and off the track.


Clayton Frohman (story), Ernie Wallengren (story) (as E.F. Wallengren) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Campbell ... Tommy Trehearn (as Bill Campbell)
Rob Estes ... Mike Reardon
Amanda Wyss ... Chris Baird Trehearn
Carrie Hamilton Carrie Hamilton ... Alex Cross
Adam Philipson Adam Philipson ... Sal
Christian Bocher ... Alan Bondell
Leilani Sarelle ... Jerri Simpson
Robert Forster ... Jack Cotton
Pernell Roberts ... Andrew Valiant
Christina Brosman Christina Brosman ... Amanda
Paul Neely Paul Neely ... Pete
Jason Brett Jason Brett ... Mulrooney
Guy Boyd ... J.D. Nelson
Craig Reay ... Curt Warburton
Jack Arute Jack Arute ... TV Announcer


Two old friends from the racetrack meet at the moment when the mechanic has a chance to enter the team where the driver is the star. Sports competition is accompanied by long-lost animosities. There is also a beautiful girl among them, whose favors both strive for.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 July 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Thunder Race See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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New World Entertainment See more »
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Pernell Roberts' final film. See more »

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As a car racing film, this one has flat tires!
5 April 2005 | by Amy AdlerSee all my reviews

Tommy (Billy Campbell) is a mechanic for a hotshot race driver named Mike (Rob Estes). Mike has a lovely, personable girlfriend he is forever neglecting; he is the supreme egotist. Tommy happens to fall in love with her, also, and she, tiring of Mike's habits, returns his affection. These two marry and move far away from Mike, where the bitter split between the men can't touch them. Naturally, they cross paths again. Tommy is offered a great job where Mike is already installed. Will the two be able to forget the past and focus on the important race season ahead?

This is a rather banal entry into the film repertoire of automobile racing flicks. The stars are attractive but they are saddled with an uninspired script. Then, too, a bit of risqué sexual scenes pop up now and then. The ending is what one would wish for, but, it takes awhile to get there. Racing scenes are just routine, at best. Some film watchers across the globe, like myself, have a mania for locating obscure films. If you are on of those, you might take a chance on this movie. If not, skip it in favor of Grand Prix or even Days of Thunder. You will not find this film even remotely worthwhile.

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