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Red Dirt Rising (2014)

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Based on a true story about the early days of stock-car racing. A story of love in the time of moonshine as three of stock car racing's earliest heroes come of age to find escape from ... See full summary »





Credited cast:
Brad Yoder ... Jimmie Lewallen
Burgess Jenkins ... Bill Blair
R. Keith Harris ... Mr. Nance
Ashlee Payne ... Carrie
Quentin Kerr ... Fred Harb
Bill Oberst Jr. ... Buck
Cindy Hogan ... Ellie Lewallen
Brett Rice ... Roy Lewallen
Stephanie Northrup Stephanie Northrup ... Lucille
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Barber ... Brack
Austin Carty Austin Carty ... Curtis Turner
Zac Gardner ... Trevor
Don Hartman ... Sheriff Beecher
Christopher Hewat Christopher Hewat ... Courier
Mark Joy ... Mr. Blair


Based on a true story about the early days of stock-car racing. A story of love in the time of moonshine as three of stock car racing's earliest heroes come of age to find escape from life's challenges on the track, ultimately shaping the future of their families and auto racing during the Fighting Forties.

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Release Date:

31 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Archdale, North Carolina, USA See more »


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$500,000 (estimated)
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At 1:11, the Curtis Turner character says "You have heard that Virginia is for Lovers, right?" The "Virginia is for Lovers" tagline for the Virginia tourism industry was not coined until 1969; approximately 25 years after the movie would have taken place. See more »

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A Disappointing Flick
18 January 2011 | by vikpkSee all my reviews

This movie may have been a great story told; unfortunately it it is dramatically flawed. One cannot feel anything for the characters as their emotions and choices are somehow blurred in the sequence of scenes without transitions. In one scene the boys are talking, in the next some guy is driving a tractor in the grassy field. We must then do guesswork to realize that it's the dad of one of them that made them a race track. This is only one example of many.

The WWII war scenes are simply unbearable and bordering on the ridiculous. Just few of them, though, which helped.

The soundtrack starts promising since country and Southern music can be so rich with raw feelings and simple harmony; but the music fades away in the sequence of badly connected scenes. The film fails to grasp the atmosphere of the Great Depression and that of the South. To the extent it succeeds -- it is flat and only raises eyebrows.

The dialog is as flat as are the characters, the camera work and the editing. (The best part was that they did not use any profanity.) The movie did not deserve at all the 9 stars it had received in the beginning.

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