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Flywheel (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 July 2003 (Brazil)
A dishonest used car salesman decides to become the salesman that God wants him to be - with surprising results.


Alex Kendrick


Alex Kendrick (story), Stephen Kendrick (story)
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Credited cast:
Rosetta Harris Armstrong Rosetta Harris Armstrong ... Katie's Sister
Lisa Arnold ... Hillary Vail
Blake Bailey Blake Bailey ... Stephanie Ward
Jansen Barnes Jansen Barnes ... Jeff Stone
Roger Breland Roger Breland ... Mr. Austin
Walter Burnett Walter Burnett ... Max Kendall
Michael Catt Michael Catt ... Pastor
John Cochran John Cochran ... 1st Man on Lot
Carrie Crenshaw Carrie Crenshaw ... 1st Woman on Lot
Ashlynn Dapper Ashlynn Dapper ... Faith Austin
Janet Lee Dapper Janet Lee Dapper ... Judy Austin
Ron Dorminey Ron Dorminey ... Usher #1
Shannen Fields ... Miss Gardner
David Frasier David Frasier ... Scott Miller
Shawn Gaines Shawn Gaines ... Usher #2


Jay Austin, a dishonest car salesman in lots of debt, comes to a turning point in his life where he becomes a born-again Christian, turns from his dishonest way of business and begins trusting in God to take care of him. Even when things get hard he trusts God, and God provides him with a way to pay off his debt honestly. Written by Elias L.

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In every man's life there's a turning point




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Much of the movie was filmed at a real used car dealer known as "Mack George motor cars". Real car deals were going on in the building during filming, sometimes the audio had to be recorded later since there were other things going on in other rooms or outside. Sometimes When filming a scene outside, if a customer wanted to look at a car, they had to stop filming. In the scene where Jay's on the phone with Judy telling her that Bernie and Vince quit, about 12 feet over from him a car deal was going on which is why he speaks softly. The microphone was just below him, just out of view of the camera. See more »


When Jay and Kevin are talking about getting more money for the cars, Jay says, "Kevin, we're not gonna go that route." But when the same conversation, as recorded by Kevin's hidden camera, is shown on the TV report, he says, "Kevin, I don't wanna go that route." See more »


Bernie: I didn't think you had it in you, Jay.
Jay Austin: What's that?
Bernie: The ability to stiff a minister.
Jay Austin: Excuse me, St. Bernard, but I figure you think I'm interested in making the least amount of money we can.
Bernie: Hey, I'm all for making money. I just thought you'd cut the Reverend a deal.
Jay Austin: And you would have?
Bernie: I'd try to.
Jay Austin: Bull. Vince, would you trust Bernie to sell a car to your mother?
Vince: To my mother?
Jay Austin: To your mother.
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Referenced in Facing the Giants (2006) See more »


Everything You Are
Written and Performed by Mark Willard
featuring drums by Tim Davis
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"You lazy, fat, last-chip-eating thief!"
2 September 2009 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

Refreshing non-Hollywood style drama. It was obviously made on a shoe-string budget by relative unknowns, but that's part of this sweet little film's charm. It is a fine example of a thoughtful effort to get a point across without explosions, car chases, or four-letter slang.

The writer and lead Alex Kendrick has offered up a very sincere and cleverly told story. It's not polished; its independent roots are evident (tops of people's heads get chopped off a lot, for example). Nevertheless, the characters are likable and the acting isn't bad at all. The writer puts a lot of humorous one-liners in the script ("You lazy, fat, last-chip-eating thief!"), and the story rolls along nicely.

Used car salesman Jay Austin makes a perfect modern Ebenezer Scrooge type, a dishonest and ruthless businessman. His life (both business and private) starts crashing down, and he cries out to God for forgiveness and help. His revival seems rushed in the story, but it's believable. But it's not just his personal epiphany and the changing of his ways that this story focuses on, it's the result of that change. The dishonest employees of Austin who do not change, make a great counterpoint between his past and present behavior. A couple of plot twists near the end can be seen coming from a mile away, but that doesn't really hurt the film.

Certainly there's a moral, and the movie succeeds at presenting food for thought. It makes for a good rental.

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25 July 2003 (Brazil) See more »

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Flywheel See more »

Filming Locations:

Albany, Georgia, USA


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$20,000 (estimated)
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