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Funny Car Summer (1974)

Jim Dunn , Pat Dunn , Ron Phillips  |  G |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jim Dunn, Pat Dunn, Tammy Dunn, Patty Dunn, Mike Dunn
  • Directors: Ron Phillips
  • Producers: Ron Phillips, Jack Yopp, John Brooks
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2000
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305989435
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,341 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Funny Car Summer" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Jim Dunn is an Orange County, California fireman nine months out of the year. But every summer, for the past twenty years, Jim and his family pack up their suitcases and hook up their trailer to haul a funny-looking dragster to twenty different races in twenty different states.This unusual style of summer vacation has become a way of life for this fun-loving, action- oriented family. The film follows the Dunns' from their Southern California home life to the dangerous, often deadly, world of high speed drag racing and shares their joys and fears as they experience the thrills of this family obsession. Bonus Features: Previews| Scene Access| Interactive Menus. Specs: DVD5; Dolby Digital Mono; 98 minutes; Color; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; Year - 1974; SRP - $9.99.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome Movie about a Legendary Drag Racer May 3, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this movie/documentary about "THE FIREMAN" Jim Dunn at a Drive-in Movie in the early 80's. This movie follows this Legendary Drag Racer around the country during 1970 when he domenated the Funnycar class with his innovative rear engine direct drive 1970 Plymouth Barracuda. This type of setup was several decades ahead of it's time and now the main stay of all Top Fuel Dragster's today. This film also contains footage of then very young Mike Dunn drag racing his bicycle in parking lots and he even dropped a cute as he eliminated the competition. Mike Dunn drives a Top Fuel Dragster today and his dad Jim Dunn is still an Owner/Crew Chief of a Top Fuel Funnycar Team. Jim Dunn is probably one of the most over looked Legends in Drag Racing today. If you want a film that documents this Legendary Drag Racer in his hay day then you'll want this movie.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Christmas Gift from Mom December 30, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Just like the previous person. I also saw this at a small theatre in Illinois when just 5 or 6. I grew up at a local dragstrip (BYRON.) And witnessed "Snakes" and "Mongoose's" cars.
Plus all the others in the video. I mentioned the film to my father in late August and asked if he remembered taking me and my brother to see it. He sure did. He loved taking me and my brother to the races. My father and I still attend the races together. I love it. My mother found this film on your site(AMAZON.co) and had to buy it for me for Christmas. Was I surprised. I have watched it three times already. Awesome! I wish I was a little older in those days. All I remember is the awesome paint jobs on cars like the Hawaiian and Showtime. Also the Army Tank Wheelstander. Thank-you in helping me relive my childhood.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this movie as an 8-9 year old and it was important for me to find it. It is truly a classic for anyone who watched drag racing in the early 70s, especially Funny Cars. The quality is OK and there is some really bad 70s music scenes (Jim Dunn shaving?) but that is what fast-forward is for. It's definitely a time piece especially when they talk about the costs of drag racing. It makes you yearn for those days except for all the 70s stuff (hair, side burns, clothes, etc.). The action is what makes this movie and should bring back many great memories for all of us who went to OCIR.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid introduction to funny cars September 22, 2000
Format:DVD
My wife and I saw this on television when it first came out and were delighted with it. More a documentary than a drama, it is an excellent introduction to racing in general and funny cars in particular. Well worth it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
Possibly the best drag racing documentary of all time
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny car legond March 8, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Jim Dunn is one of the legonds of drag racing. This film offers an amazing glimpse into 'how it was' before all the huge sponsorships, hospitality tents, multi-car crews, etc. The day when a group of guys can get together and build a car more out of love, dedication, and hard work than money - long gone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift May 31, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this several years ago as a gift for my Son. He enjoyed it. I never watched it myself but I am glad I bought it as he was into Funny Cars at the time, and he was pleased with the gift.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Ole Times... January 2, 2005
By J R.
Format:DVD
I, like the rest here, have seen this movie back in the early '70s. Ever since, I have loved all types of cars. Funny Cars are the best. Some other places to visit funny cars online [...]. If you enjoy old times, get this movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Drag Race Homevid/Tape/film
Seen better made home made shows.
This is not what I thought it was. Gave it away.
Some good drag racing shots.
See so much better on You Tube today. All day.
Published 14 days ago by P. Rhodes
4.0 out of 5 stars Living la vita burnouts
Dated material needs to be remastered, lighting issues, dull off track storyline some good period racing action, with rare footage of rear engined funny cars , more dragracing... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Frank Mcghee
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Endeavors of Youth
Exciting picture of the start of an American pastime, which was enjoyed by many. A movie to help one visualize a thrilling form of "Heads Up " competition of two racers in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by bubba
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Diehard Drag Racing Fans
I got this DVD for my husband since he is a drag racing junkie. He loves the old races and really enjoyed this DVD. Read more
Published 3 months ago by gracie's mom
5.0 out of 5 stars An insider's look at drag racing.
Funny Car Summer isn't a fictionalized, romanticized plot line movie. It's a factual documentary on the sport of drag racing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Daniel Sempsey
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
check this out if you like racing you'll love this one of the best cars and driver ever !!! get it !!!!!
Published 7 months ago by jerry cox
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it !
This is a great movie for any Drag Racing fan. Follow Big Jim Dunn and his family around while they spend their summer racing with the super cool rear engined funny car.
Published 9 months ago by Juergen
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool movie
A step back in time to the days of Funny Car racing. Or should I say they are called "Floppers".
Published 11 months ago by Mcgyver
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny car summer
Excellent book detailing the life of firemen and racer Jim Dunn as he tries to race his funny car one summer.
Published 14 months ago by Ray Birch
3.0 out of 5 stars race freak
good vidio for that era but it could stand to have more action. I did like the personal profile of the driver.
Published 14 months ago by owen wilson
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