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Shifting Gears (2018)

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An overworked dad, missing out on his kids growing, takes an opportunity to start a "family business" thinking it will draw his family closer together - That is just mistake number one.


Jason Winn


R. Keith Harris



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Credited cast:
C. Thomas Howell ... Jenkins
M. Emmet Walsh ... Hank
John Ratzenberger ... Conrad Baines
Brooke Langton ... Carol Williamson
M.C. Gainey ... D. H. - Dirty Harry Hawkins
Adam Hicks ... Jeremy Williamson
Robert Crayton ... Derwyn
Michael Abbott Jr. ... Carl Highburn
Cole Bernstein ... Charlie
R. Keith Harris ... Tom Williamson
Drew Matthews ... Clem Williamson
Chris Kelly Chris Kelly ... Race Announcer
Michael Flannery ... J.P. Clark
Tate Clemons ... Stephy Williamson
Sterling Hurst ... Mac Daddy


Tom, an over-worked husband and father, abandons his dead-end job to follow his dream of owning his own business. The only problem: he invested everything in a mechanic shop that has a lien in favor of his arch enemy and must now enter a dirt track race to win the prize money and save his family from ruin.

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We Bought A Zoo meets Days of Thunder on a dirt track!


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23 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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"No Animals, People, or race cars were hurt in the making of this movie... Well, a few race cars got dinged... but they were fine and racing the following week... except for the one we flipped - but we planned that. Oh yeah - and there was a splinter, and 2 cases of indigestion. But really, that's it." See more »


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Very good realistic dirt track action
2 January 2020 | by scocope-654-771165See all my reviews

This is not a R rated film but one you can actually take kids to. The actors were great with a very PG script (any one of the veteran actors can be seen in big budget films) with just enough hints along the way to kind help set up the ending without being heavy-handed and making it with a nice twist that one might not see coming. The best part is the use of a real track and it looks like they hired the local drivers and their cars for the race scenes with maybe 10 seconds in total of stock footage from the same track of actual racing to get some large crowd shots. Almost every shot looked like actual full speed racing especially on the corners. They actually looked like they were racing, trading paint and sliding in those corners. The fans were likely local race fans and there were quite a few of them so it appears the movie shoot was a big deal for the track, the drivers and their fans and they certainly came out when asked to be part of this movie. It appears that between the drivers and the movie director, they put on a show that enabled them to get some great crowd shots because the fans looked like any race night at the local dirt track. The director also did not have to use obvious movie tricks to make the crowd look larger (that always fail); that was a huge plus for this type of film. I can not emphasize how much better the race scenes are compared to the usual low-speed Hollywood fake stuff one normally sees in films like this. The only way it would have been more convincing would have been a lot more trading paint and intentional spin-outs, but it would have been a little more hard to make Ratzenberger into a bad guy if they really portrayed the kind of racing that would really occur when $50,000 purses are on the line. But I doubt the movie budget would have withstood the price the car owners would have wanted and the cost of the repairs to the cars after the movie was shot for that kind of racing to be shot.

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