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Demo Derby

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New Englander's claim it is a unique and original American sport. Southern boys agree, but argue over just where in America it originated. Sociologists see the roots of this sort of mechanical mayhem and wanton destructiveness in the thrill-seeking rabble-rousing entertainments of ancient Rome. Pure Americana or Classical derivative, "DEMO DERBY" has a special place in movie history.

In the summer of 1963, "DEMO DERBY" opened in Boston with "ROBIN AND THE SEVEN HOODS." The same day, in Hartford, New Haven and Worcester, it opened with "VIVA LAS VEGAS." In the next ten days, it was booked into 61 theaters all across New England. But when it was paired with The Beatles' "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT," it played on more than 6,000 screens, all across America. And after its spectacular first run, it continued to be booked into theaters and drive-ins for TEN MORE YEARS!

If you remember Madras shorts, penny loafers and crew cuts, don't be surprised if "DEMO DERBY" brings a smile. It's so real, so us, that by the time the show is over, you may have to look outside to be sure your old car isn't still there. So, turn your DVD player into a time machine and buckle up for a wild ride down memory lane.

WARNING: We, of the sixties generation, have been romanticized for our rebellious idealism. Unless you want your children (and grandchildren) to know just how incredibly naïve and innocent we really were, KEEP THIS DVD UNDER LOCK AND KEY!

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  • Actors: Don McTavish, Bob Santos
  • Directors: James A. Pike
  • Writers: James A. Pike
  • Producers: James A. Pike
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: CreateSpace
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 28 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002CGT12S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,196 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Braveheart on September 15, 2013
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My first exposure to auto racing came in the mid-fifties at Norwood Arena. Demo Derby brought back memories of that as well as the times I followed the career of Don McTavish when he appeared on televised figure eight demo derby races from Islip Arena. I also found a connection to the artists providing the soundtrack. I was a high school classmate of some of the members of The Rondels. The movie was fun to watch and provides a nice glimpse into a bygone era of American culture.

Bill Logan
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