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Asphalt Wars (2005)

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Vargas (Mario Alvarado) is a down on his luck street racer, kicked out of his family run job for street racing, fueled by desire to reach the top he delves into one big payday to fulfill ... See full summary »

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Henry Crum

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Henry Crum
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Credited cast:
Mario Alvarado Mario Alvarado ... Vargas
Storm Ascher Storm Ascher ... Birthday Girl
Gilbert Chayrez-Chavarria ... Reno (as Gilbert Chavarria)
Brian Cohen Brian Cohen ... Fake Shemp (as Brian 'Bloody' Cohen)
Manolete Concepcion Manolete Concepcion ... Pajaro
Patrick G. Donahue ... Ranch Boss
Paul Knaack Paul Knaack ... Farmer Truck Driver
Manuel Montez Manuel Montez ... Iggy
Calvi Pabon ... Dina
Mauricio Rivera Mauricio Rivera ... Rojo Rojas
Mauricio R. Sámano Mauricio R. Sámano ... Rojo Rojas (as Mauricio R. Samano)
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Vargas (Mario Alvarado) is a down on his luck street racer, kicked out of his family run job for street racing, fueled by desire to reach the top he delves into one big payday to fulfill his aspirations, along the way lessons are learnt, love is found and a gritty realistic story is told. Written by Steve Lad

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At 6000 RPM there is no surrender!

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Action

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Rated R for strong violence and language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Rolling Thunder See more »

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Actually good
20 March 2006 | by sbjsSee all my reviews

I picked up a copy of this DVD in Japan, and I was actually pleasantly surprised. Corman isn't always known for his quality films, but this one is enjoyable and fairly socially-conscious. The directing is great, the producing is good, the writing is solid, and the acting is surprising, considering most of the actors aren't listed on IMDb as having done any other projects. That said, Vargas was the standout.

The story follows Reno, a young guy who works in an auto shop, as he gets involved in the world of drag racing and gangs. He falls for Dina, gang member Vargas' sister. The racing scenes are really good, considering how small the production budget must have been (this is Roger Corman, after all). Probably one of the most interesting aspects of the film is how it brings in the politics of migrant workers, not too common a subject.

The settings are beautiful, the music is awesome, and overall, the movie is well-made. Just a really entertaining little film.


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