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Elvis looks sleek and cool in Speedway, a decided improvement over the pasty indifference he displayed in his middle-era range of pictures. The movie itself is standard Presley formula, with the King again playing a race-car driver, this time in trouble with an IRS agent (Nancy Sinatra) over his taxes. (There's even a production number about taxes. Argggh.) On the plus side, a bunch of scenes are set in the Hangout, a Pulp Fiction-esque diner with booths shaped like cars and lots of dancers doing the frug. Nancy sings a cool-weird Lee Hazlewood tune, "Your Groovy Self," which should have been picked up by the Austin Powers folks. The plot reflects Elvis's real-life penchant for giving money and cars away, although it's mostly predatory manager Bill Bixby who causes the financial problems. As ho-hum as this outing is, you'll probably want one of Elvis's racing-stripe windbreakers after you see it. --Robert Horton

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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Nancy Sinatra, Bill Bixby, Gale Gordon, William Schallert
  • Directors: Norman Taurog
  • Writers: Phil Shuken
  • Producers: Douglas Laurence
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00027JY8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,315 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Speedway" on IMDb

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By 1968, Elvis was wishing his film contact was over. None of his movies could really be said to have high artistic value, although his pre-army movies like Jail-House Rock had some artistic merit, and in them he showed that when he was interested in a project, he had some not bad acting ability.

His post-army films (except King Creole) were more geared toward slick entertainment, exploiting his name and image, and they were very formulaic -- BUT, his early '60's movies were also very entertaining. Viva Las Vegas, Blue Hawaii, Fun in Acapulco and GI Blues are always fun to watch, and pretty hip time capsules of pop culture in the early '60's.

Unfortunately, after about 1965, the quality of his movies took a downturn, as even he himself would say, and he began to really look bored with the whole thing in the last 3 or 4 years of his Hollywood era. The films had always been easy-going fluff, but likable. His early 60's movies had peppy songs, and were very much in touch with pop-culture of the time. By 1968, however, when Speedway was made, his image was no longer up-to-date, about 4 or 5 years out of style, as if the rest of the world had moved on, but Elvis was still stuck in 1963.

But still, Speedway is probably the best movie from the last 3 years of his movie making career. It's the third time he has played a race car driver, and this time they use actual footage of real NASCAR races. In fact, this film has some of the best existing footage of Charlotte Speedway and live NASCAR action from the mid-60's, with Richard Petty and Cale Yarbrough ontrack and in their prime during the race scenes (too bad they didn't make any cameos in the body of the film). So for NASCAR fans, this movie has historical value.
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If Austin powers were really in the groovy 60's. he'd be in this movie. with that said, yeah Elvis was embarrassed here and there but you can't get over how incredibly cool Elvis is in nearly every scene. Sinatra is a bit miscast cus Elvis blows her out of the water. but she adds a little somethin sweet here and there but Elvis is still the victor.
Bill Bixby you guys!! he is great in this movie as Elvis's manager and he is funny from start to finish and his chemistry with Elvis is the best i've seen from an Elvis movie (Ever) not overestimating.
"Your time hasen't come yet baby" is great and "let yourself go" is very cool and Elvis is enjoying himself as if he knows he's making cool look good again since pappa sinatra.
this is one of if not the best Elvis movie during the last 3 years of his films next to a dramatic and very surreal Change of Habbit.
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OK, people, we are talking 1968 here. Granted, this movie isn't War and Peace, but was never intended to be. Elvis, by the time this movie was filmed, knew there was no chance of being considered a serious actor, although that was his dream.
The chemistry between Elvis and Nancy Sinatra is very evident...on and off the screne. Great friends and they had a blast making this movie. I recall Nancy saying they would ride around the MGM lot on a bicycle built for two when tour buses would come around and the heads would turn. That sounds like an enjoyable experience to me. The film is enjoyable, funny, and for its time, the racing scenes are action packed.
It doesn't get any better than Nancy singing "Your Groovy Self" with the blonde hair, [lightened around her face more for the movie] and those smokey, almond eyes. WOW!
BTW, Nancy was the only performer to have a solo song included on a Presley album. Impressive and enjoyable.
SPEEDWAY, is a fast paced, fun loving, Elvis flick that just happens to "tickle me". Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Elvis Presley plays a race car driver who finds himself in hot water with the IRS in Speedway (1968). Like many of Presley's films, the story is lightweight and kind of silly, but scenes shot at a real race track featuring some well-known stock car drivers helps to spice things up. There are also a couple of big rousing production numbers, and of course a number of pretty girls. The supporting cast is strong, as Presley is teamed with Bill Bixby (My Favorite Martian, The Incredible Hulk), and singer Nancy Sinatra is his love interest.

Stock car driver Steve Grayson (Presley) is on a winning streak, however due to his manager Kenny Donford (Bixby) mishandling his finances, Grayson finds that he owes Uncle Sam a huge sum in back taxes. Susan Jacks (Sinatra) is an IRS field agent assigned to Grayson's case, and together with her boss R.W. Hepworth (Gale Gordon), they come up with a plan whereby Grayson can begin to pay off his obligations.

Being a generous guy, while he thought that he was in good financial shape, Steve had helped out a number of his friends, including Abel Esterlake (William Schallert), a single father who is raising five little girls, who now have no place to stay. In need of some quick cash to help his friends, Steve convinces the IRS to go along with his scheme to try and raise some dough. Now all Steve needs to do is win the next race.

The tax angle and racing elements, add a little more substance and excitement this comedic adventure. Bill Bixby is a real skirt chaser here, but his inherent charm still comes through, and he works very well with Elvis. Acting doesn't seem to be Nancy Sinatra's strength, but she gets by, and has a featured musical number.
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