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Speed Lovers/Thunder in Dixie (1968)

Harry Millard , Judy Lewis , William F. McGaha , William T. Naud  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Harry Millard, Judy Lewis, Mike Bradford, Nancy Berg, Ted Erwin
  • Directors: William F. McGaha, William T. Naud
  • Writers: William F. McGaha, Fred Tuch, George Baxt
  • Producers: William F. McGaha, William T. Naud, Alfred Hillmann
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BZN1M8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Speed Lovers/Thunder in Dixie" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Classroom Safety Short The Talking Car
  • Traffic Safety Short Split-Second Decisions
  • Glamour Girl Short Hot Rod Girls
  • Trailer and TV spot
  • Bonus racing movie trailers
  • Gallery of Drive-In Exploitation Art with Audio Oddities

Editorial Reviews

An aspiring race-car driver who is the son of a racetrack mechanic, sets out to make the big time at Daytona Speedway with a little help from real-life champ Fred Lorenzen in The Speed Lovers (David Marcus, Peggy O'Hara. 1968/color/102 min.). Then add a taste of revenge to the Dixie 400 as one driver blames, his former best friend for an accident that killed his fianc+ªe in Thunder in Dixie (Harry Millard, Judy Lewis. 1965/b&w/53 min.). Features Richard Petty. NR.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pit Pork March 21, 2006
Format:DVD
I grew up in North Carolina & spent a good part of my childhood in the mid 60s at racetracks. I once saw Richard Petty eating a bar-b-q sandwich before a race, something these movies brought back memories of.

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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic drive-in movie theater trash September 13, 2012
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This speedsploitation flick was nearly a one-man show for writer-director-producer-star Bill McGaha, who spends the entire film strutting around looking and sounding like a drunk George W. Bush. Speed Lovers offers some of the.worst.acting.ever. (Mind you, I love bad car movies.) This makes the original Gone in 60 Seconds look like an art film, and Two-Lane Blacktop an Oscar winner. The on-track footage--especially the vintage pit crew action--makes it worthwhile, even if the shots are incongruently spliced together. Were there that many crashes back in 1967? Damn.

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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Where are the robots? December 8, 2012
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This movie needs the robots from MST3K. Thunder in Dixie, or Thunder at the Colony 7 near Baltimore, is disjointed and wierd.
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