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    best NASCAR movie list

    I could use some help with a Top 10 NASCAR Movie list I'm making-
    here's what I have so far in no certain order;
    Days of Thunder
    Talladega Nights
    Redline 7000 (?)

    what was the name of the Wendell Scott movie?
    the Junior Johnson movie w/ Beau Bridges?
    the Burt Reynolds NASCAR movie?
    any others?
    what are your favorites and why?
    what was the worst one ever made?
    any NASCAR movie trivia that's interesting or funny?
    things that they got wrong in movie?

    thanks in advance for any help,

    Stick500

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    Junior Johnson --> Last American Hero
    Wendell Scott --> Greased Lightning
    Burt Reynolds --> Stroker Ace

    Also: Kenny Rogers --> Six Pack

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    Thunder Road, Robert Mitchum (1958) (Moonshine running based)

    Thunder in Carolina, Rory Calhoun, Alan Hale Jr. (The Skipper), 1960 (includes some good race footage).
    In the late 70's Hale had a restaurant on La Cienega Blvd. in L. A. called the "Skippers Locker," I was a regular customer and he became a friend, great guy. RIP Skipper

    Both flicks would be fun to watch, racing movies usually suck (neither of these do), I don't know why Hollywood can't get it right when they do so well at baseball and golf.
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    Elvis Presley --> Speedway

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    What was the one with Richard Pryor?
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    Besides Speedway, I have to mention Viva Las Vegas too, it's kind of hokey as racing flicks go, but the old Las Vegas footage (the way it was back in the day) is worth a look, and Ann Margret in the two-piece is a can't miss either.


    As an aside, and not to hijack the thread, they are about to implode The Stardust Hotel and Casino, the former home of The Las Vegas Grand Prix IIRC. The last time I was their to visit a singing duo (twin girls) I know, I spotted some great murals full of race photos, I hope they are being preserved somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack Too
    Thunder in Carolina, Rory Calhoun, Alan Hale Jr. (The Skipper), 1960 (includes some good race footage).
    In the late 70's Hale had a restaurant on La Cienega Blvd. in L. A. called the "Skippers Locker," I was a regular customer and he became a friend, great guy. RIP Skipper

    HA! I love this movie!
    See an "academy award performance" by the great Rory Calhoun in "Thunder in Carolina" featuring the beautiful "Carol Post" as the brazen hussey/love interest and the "skipper" as the lovable "one armed" mechanic in this fabulous tale of 50s stock car racin', moonshine drinkin', wife stealin', singin', wreckin', partyin', scufflin', bumblin' mechanics, 50s style groupies, shady promoters, evil car owners, stereotype 50s drivers, classic racing clich'es, out of control ambition and greed, etc. ...................................not to mention, the "Southern 500" at Darlington! ....... Hey Stoogie! Don'tcha know better'n to eat peanuts in the pits!

    Before there was "days of thunder" , there was "THUNDER IN CAROLINA"!!!

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    You sure we ain't brothers somewhere in the past mac, at times we think a lot alike, and at other times we agree to disagree. Thunder in Carolina was one of the better racing movies. I first watched it at a time when I was reading about Rex White, Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, Freddy Lorenzen, Nelson Stacy, Fireball Roberts and Joe Weatherly in ILLUSTRATED SPEEDWAY NEWS, six years later I could read my name there as well, but not often enough, and not in the headlines.

    I went south for my first two NASCAR Grand National races in Daytona and Darlington in 1962, did it again in '63 and the rest is just more OLD news.

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    The Greatest Nascar related movie ever made was a Special Prime Time Made for TV movie entitled "The Brady 500".


    It was made several years after the TV show ended. Bobby was now secretly a race car driver, as of course, if he told his mom, she would really worry. So by accident they find out all about it, so the family rushes off to see Bobby run in the Southern 500 or some race.

    It is literally so bad it is good. One example before you are bored to tears. Bobby loses control and crashes in turn two, and while sliding across the track, gets t-boned in a jarring crash. Witness Mr. and Mrs. Brady stand up in the middle of the front stretch grandstands and scream. Seconds later, as the ambulance loads Bobby in, somehow, Mr. and Mrs. Brady are ON the track in obvious distress and concern. While loading him in, you see that there is no outside wall to the track, looks like they filmed it on some regular street.


    Wait, one more thing. Alice is watching the race on TV and is equally horrified, so she and some of the kids fly off from California to Atlanta to see Bobby, ARRIVING at the hospital just as Mr. and Mrs. Brady arrive.

    Man, they just don't make them like this anymore.

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    thanks guys, this is great stuff- I knew the Trackforum gang would come thru-
    watch for your input in a photo book called NASCAR Gallery (Motorbooks) probably out in the spring

    I'll include made-for-TV movies on the list- what was the name of the Earnhardt/Barry Pepper movie? I saw some of it on a trip and it seemed pretty good...

    I really want to see the old Mitchum and Calhoun movies- never heard of them before

    Stick500

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stick500
    what was the name of the Earnhardt/Barry Pepper movie?
    Uh, you mean "3"

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    Talladega Nights
    Then why did you title the thread "best NASCAR movie list"?
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    I'm suprised noone mentioned 'Fireball 500'. Yeah its got Fabian but a lot of decent racing footage.
    Talladega Nights was fun. Days of Thunder had its moments. Anything with Elvis racing was just plain bad..yes Ann Margret was a hottie but it didnt make the film any better lol
    Best race movie I've seen lately....Cars!

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    "3" is the only good one made yet.
    JMHO of course
    Barry Pepper is climbing quickly up my list of fave actors.


    "Stroker Ace" was on Lost drive-in this week. Just painfully bad.

    bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad

    What is worse?

    A drama thats an unintentional comedy, or a comedy that has no laughs?

    Loni Anderson looks worse than I recall, tatses change I guess.

    Was cool seeing the new(?) downsized cars in that movie however.

    I believe the buzz about that movie was it was the first time Ford let anyone see the new Swoopy T-Bird.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c7
    What was the one with Richard Pryor?
    I don't know... it was either "Last American Hero" based loosely on the life of Junior Johnson or "Greased Lightning" the story of Wendell Scott. Hmmmmm?


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    Hmmm, I didn't think there were 10 good NASCAR movies.

    Stoker Ace was so bad it's worth watching just to laugh at how bad it is. That actually would make it fun to watch... if it wasn't so bad...

    The all-time classic is Redline 7000 . Find it. Watch it.

    A little bit of trivia is that it contains footage of AJ's famous crash at Riverside... you know, the one where the trackside doctor declared him dead, and Rufus Parnelli came over to pull the dirt out of AJ's mouth and revive him. 10 weeks later, Foyt began a record run, winning his first of 10 poles and five races that season.
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    Richard Pryor was in Greased Lightning.

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    mackie, great minds think alike!
    "Thunder Road" is one of my faves.
    Seems like I remember seeing a theater film documentary/bio of Richard Petty, may have been late 60's or early '70's that wasn't too bad.
    Anyone remember that one?
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    Worst - Days of Thunder Richard Petty is popularly quoted as saying "The only thing that Days of Thunder had to do with racing was that they had numbers on the side of the car."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemming51
    "The only thing that Days of Thunder had to do with racing was that they had numbers on the side of the car."
    and to think race fans all across America eagerly awaited its opening night.

    Believing that THIS was FINALLY a racing movie that was an accurate depiction of racing.

    That belief vaporized about 9 seconds after the opening credits

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndyJim1
    The Greatest Nascar related movie ever made was a Special Prime Time Made for TV movie entitled "The Brady 500".


    It was made several years after the TV show ended. Bobby was now secretly a race car driver, as of course, if he told his mom, she would really worry. So by accident they find out all about it, so the family rushes off to see Bobby run in the Southern 500 or some race.

    It is literally so bad it is good. One example before you are bored to tears. Bobby loses control and crashes in turn two, and while sliding across the track, gets t-boned in a jarring crash. Witness Mr. and Mrs. Brady stand up in the middle of the front stretch grandstands and scream. Seconds later, as the ambulance loads Bobby in, somehow, Mr. and Mrs. Brady are ON the track in obvious distress and concern. While loading him in, you see that there is no outside wall to the track, looks like they filmed it on some regular street.


    Wait, one more thing. Alice is watching the race on TV and is equally horrified, so she and some of the kids fly off from California to Atlanta to see Bobby, ARRIVING at the hospital just as Mr. and Mrs. Brady arrive.

    Man, they just don't make them like this anymore.

    Man, I'm heading to the video store right now!!!!!!! Oh yea, is Marcia in the movie much?
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    What, no mention yet of "Kart Racer?" You know, the one where all go-kart drivers aspire to race in NASCAR at Daytona and open wheel racing doesn't exist?

    I steadfastly avoid "Cars" for the same reason. Michael Schumacher is NOT a sportscar!!!

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    I had forgotten about "Six Pack"

    Kenny Rogers plays a NASCAR driver who uses kids for his pit crew.

    Yeah that could happen

    THey dont write 'em like that anymore.

    Thank God

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