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Speedway Junky (1999)

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Johnny wants to be a stock car racer one day. He meets a young, gay hustler in Vegas, who takes him to meet his friends/gang and his "mom", an ex hooker etc.


Nickolas Perry


Nickolas Perry
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Balin Richard Balin ... Ticket Man
Jaime Bergman ... Bombshell #1
Jesse Bradford ... Johnny
Jordan Brower ... Eric
Susan Gayle Clay Susan Gayle Clay ... Melanie
Tiffani Thiessen ... Wilma Price (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen)
Lucy Dawn Lucy Dawn ... Raver Girl #1
Kaleb Dixon Kaleb Dixon ... Raver Boy
Shevonne Durkin ... Bridget
Jason Ellsworth Jason Ellsworth ... Store Clerk
Bill Farmer ... Sports Announcer #2 (voice)
Adrienne Frantz ... Kelley
Warren G ... Brentley Shaw
Erik Alexander Gavica Erik Alexander Gavica ... J.T.
Stephanie Granda Stephanie Granda ... Raver Girl #2


A naive drifter runs away from his army father in hopes of making it on the car racing circuit. In Las Vegas, he meets a young scam artist, who develops a crush on him. He is then introduced to a whole gang led by a young hustler. The racer-to-be then gets a lesson in the wild side, getting involved in one situation after another. Patsy Kensit makes a cameo as another hustler and Daryl Hannah appears as the scam artist's surrogate mom. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Every dream has a price See more »


Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Feature film debut for Warren G, who portrays Brentley Shaw. See more »


The amount of blood/soup on Johnny's head after he wipes it off while walking through the bus station. See more »


Eric: Have you ever given a woman an orgasm?
Johnny: I don't know... it was dark.
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Loran Chant
Performed by Cavestar
Written by Kevin Crosslin
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User Reviews

9 July 2002 | by mouse143See all my reviews

I'd been wanting to see this film for a while, and I'm very disappointed now that I have. The first thing I found problematic was the complete lack of a plot in the first half hour. A story really needs to capture people's attention right from the start. This story did not. After that, what plot there was (which we've seen many times before -- and done much better!) was extremely contrived and totally predictable. The writing was stale and overflowing with cliches. And -- granted, though, I don't know any teenage hustlers in Vegas -- I found the characters to be completely unbelieveable. This was due partly to the hokey script but also partly to the miscasting of some of the central characters, especially Erik Alexander Gavica as "J.T." I find it hard to believe that anyone could ever REALLY think he was dangerous until after his voice had changed!

The one thing in this film I WAS pleased with -- and surprisingly so -- was Darryl Hannah's performance. I've never been much of a fan of hers, but I was impressed with her understated performance, especially given the weak material she had to work with and the fact that everyone else was overacting. I usually AM a fan of Jonathan Taylor Thomas, but even he was unfortunately miscast in this film.

"Speedway Junky" was a noble attempt, but didn't quite hit the mark.

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Release Date:

22 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,900, 3 September 2001

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1.85 : 1
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