Speed Lovers/Thunder in Dixie
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Top Customer Reviews
These two films are great examples of Speedsploitation (part of the Hicksploitation family.) The first, Speed Lovers, is a hilarious ham-bone excursion into big hair, go-go music, and overgrown racetrack "kids" well into their 30s. The star (who also wrote, produced & directed the picture) is someone I wish I knew. The scene where he pushes the "bad guys" into a pool and grabs a last-minute kiss from one of the poolside molls before his escape sums up the spirit of this movie in living color. What a guy.
The second picture, Thunder in Dixie, is the polar opposite of the first, the Yang to its Yin. In black & white with a top-notch story of hurt, anger, revenge, betrayal, and finally resolution, this story really packs a punch. Although betrayed by a floozy who dies & seems a saint to racetrack driver Ticker, it's really his former partner & racer Mickey that you feel the most for. He's really sexy, yet his best friend turns on him, & his wife is the illegitimate lovechild of Clark Gable & Loretta Young. I like to think that after the conclusion of the movie, Ticker & Mickey realize that they love each other & run over Mickey's wife at the next race.
High octane recommendations for both movies, each for different reasons.
Genre rating: 3 stars
Note: This review is for Speed Lovers only. The sole release available here is a double-feature with 1964's Thunder in Dixie.
SPEED LOVERS wastes no time, immediately dropping us into a ten minute sequence filmed at Daytona. You know, when you've spent years watching modern Nascar, seeing this old footage really gives you a thrill. These guys throwing huge steel Fords and Dodges - NOT covered in logos, yet - all the while getting in horrific crashes. Really a sight to see.
The plot itself? Scott, son of a famous mechanic, wants to prove himself as a racer on the stock car circuit. What's funny is writer/director William McGaha - who looks at least 30 - miscasts himself as the "young" Scott, who also happens to be a bragging, whining, cocky little snot. And also, he might go down as the worst-dancing director in movie history....but the racing stuff is cool. And don't miss the "International Playgirls"!
On a side note, the print of this movie looks GORGEOUS! There are scenes that really pop watching on an HDTV. Seriously, 60's movies on Eastmancolor stock don't wind up looking this good nowadays. There's some fading in the racing stock footage, but that's all. Also, the hairs and damage that are usually rife on SW dvds are almost completely absent. This film was either well preserved or not circulated very much, or both. Is it art? No, but it is fun.
THUNDER IN DIXIE is a pals-turned-enemies story, playing out like an early-60's "Days of Thunder". Some good racing scenes. The POV going down the track is pretty well done.
One thing I found very striking about this film is the characters of Karen and Lily.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The movie was ok but the quality was not great. I know that it was of no fault to you, but the only thing I was intereswwted in was the star of Speed Lovers. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lynda Carpenter
Wasn't quite what I remembered at the drive-in. Pretty good just not like Dirty Mary and Crazy Larry or The Lively Set.Published 12 months ago by Randy Dodd
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