My rating: 9.7 and one half stars. The Philadelphia Experiment gets an extra half star because the time travelers see punk rockers at a diner out in the Nevada desert. Also, every car chase featured a vehicle flipping over.
Scott Jacoby plays David Wakefield, a miler on the high school track meet who we learn from the opening scene, tends to run like a slower version of Prefontaine in that he goes out fast only to fade in the end. He acts as a rabbit for the team's resident jerk and stand out miler Burton (Robert Wahler).
His older sister's boyfriend, Dean (Joe Penny) a former track stand out advises him to start off slower and save it for the end (a.k.a negative splits), but it takes a rendezvous with a hooker with a heart of gold (Joanna Cassidy) and for Dean to go off and die in 'Nam for the advice to really sink in. I forgot to mention the film is set in the Sixties, and so when Dean heads off to Vietnam you know he is going to die. The ever appealing Jan Smithers plays his grieving girlfriend.
The film is sprinkled with teen high jinx, but it doesn't have the anarchy of an "Animal House." It reminded me of a cross between the "Class of '44" and "American Graffiti" but lacked the profundity of the latter film.
I thought it was interesting that the film didn't have a lot of adult figures in it other than some coaches and cops; parental figures are all off-screen. There's no music of the era blaring out of car radios or jukeboxes.
I noticed during the pot smoking scene that Dennis Quaid - and this is no great revelation - can inflate his cheeks like Dizzy Gillespie.
And at the climatic race at the end the stands are filled with extras who look like they are watching a track meet in 1978 given their attire and hair styles. Period pieces with large crowd scenes and limited budgets are always tough to pull off.
Another poster said Ginger does not dance in this film, but she does. She goes to a New Years Eve dance with Cotton and they dance. She doesn't dance like Ginger Rogers in the scene. She dances more like us mortals dance.