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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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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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There's no place for dreams on the streets of Vegas 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

Feature film debut for Erik Alexander Gavica, who portrays J.T. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Eric: Why can't you just act like a normal person and reject me?
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Fracture
Performed by No U-Turn
Written & Produced by Ryme Tyme
Published by NKS/Westbury Music
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There's a good movie in there somewhere. . .
13 April 2003 | by Wings_of_MercurySee all my reviews

I was expecting something good out of this movie -- it being produced by Gus Van Sant and all, the genius behind two incredible gay films, My Own Private Idaho and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. I wouldn't have seen it otherwise because of the inane plot (kid runs off to become a race car driver in West Virginia, and then decides to become a hussler). Luckily, Gus Van Sant's influence is evident in a few scenes, which makes me think there's a good movie in there somewhere.

At times, Speedway Junky feels like a Gen-Y remake of My Own Private Idaho, and it obviously doesn't do its predeccesor justice. However, the two male leads are far less complex and their relationship is as well. Interestingly, the chemistry between them saves this movie from complete obscurity. Too bad they're surrounded by mind-numbingly cliched supporting characters and crumby, juvenile dialogue ("Steven is bisexual. If you buy him something, he'll have sex with you.")

But, like I said, there's a bit of Van Sant in this film, most notably in the scenes between the two protagonists. If the director (incidently, I don't know who directed it) had focused on this relationship more than the hoky prostitution subplot, we would've had some fine gay cinema on our hands. Too bad.

Also, the influence Midnight Cowboy had on this film is mammoth. In both films, a naive guy with a Southern accent comes to the big city with high hopes, but ends up as a john alongside an unlikely friend, who may or may not be an object of desire. The ending is similar too, but I don't want to ruin it in case anyone actually wants to watch either movie.

All in all, bad movie, but if you look closely, you'll see it could've been great. It sadly doesn't come close to its influences: My Own Private Idaho and Midnight Cowboy.


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