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Speedway Junky (1999)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Nickolas Perry

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Nickolas Perry
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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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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Get into the fast lane See more »

Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adicto a la velocidad See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,900, 31 August 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,127
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jonathan Taylor Thomas took over the role of Steven, after Balthazar Getty was fired from the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Eric shows his mother to Johnny, he points at the picture in the middle. But in the close-up we actually see the picture to the left. See more »

Quotes

Steve: Don't you guys have some homework to do?
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Maniatic Moods
Performed by Underground Rebellion
Written by Marcel Cotton
Published by Bomb Louy Funk Busic (BMI)
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A Las Vegas Detour
29 July 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Speedway Junky finds young and innocent Jesse Bradford who was raised in a military family running away from California to Charlotte, North Carolina so he can become part of the NASCAR circuit. Jesse makes a detour in Las Vegas and begins an odyssey with an ending that would have astonished him before he entered Sin City.

Getting ripped off his first night in Vegas, Bradford falls in with a gang of street hustlers led by Jonathan Taylor Thomas of whom one of the members is gay kid Jordan Brower. Bradford does what he has to do to survive, but not being gay or street wise his heart just ain't in the work.

But Brower's heart is with Bradford, he's crushing out big time on Jesse and sad to say that aspect of the friendship isn't and can't be returned. Or can it?

Bradford and Brower are an appealing pair of young kids just trying to survive. Jonathan Taylor Thomas shows some acting chops that you would not suspect he had as Tim Allen's son. Tiffani Amber-Thiessen another television refugee from Saved By The Bell and 90210 is also on hand as well.

Some make it, some don't survive this film. Speedway Junky is touching story that will break a few hearts, gay or straight.


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