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Speedway (1968)

Elvis Presley , Nancy Sinatra , Norman Taurog  |  G |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00027JY8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,198 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Speedway" on IMDb

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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Elvis' best, but still entertaining August 16, 2007
Format:DVD
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok guys, This is a groovy, cool and sexy movie July 14, 2004
Format:DVD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring your groovy selves on home and let yourselves go! October 23, 2002
By John
Format:VHS Tape
Everything about "Speedway" is as groovy as Elvis always performs. I just love the way Nancy Sinatra performed the song "Your Groovy Self" and the way she moved around as she sang. Nancy's really hot! Bill Bixby was quite hilarious. Elvis' song "Let Yourself Go" is super cool. The scene where Elvis sang "Your Time Hasn't Come Yet, Baby" to the little girl was kind of cute. And the sounds of those roaring engines in the race were very much electrifying. Some of the plots really did show off Elvis' real-life self as the generous and giving person he was. He buys for a friend and his 5 little girls a brand new station wagon, also helps out a troubled waitress with her upcoming wedding. Unfortunately Bixby's character messes everything up for Steve Grayson (Elvis), by betting Steve's money on the horses, instead of paying for those things Elvis bought for his friends, and besides makes an outrageous tax claim form for Steve, with deductions such as perfumed record albums and [money]for air? Oh yes! Lucille Ball's "Mr. Mooney" was kinda funny too and was excellent for the role of the head IRS agent R.W. Hepworth. When I first saw this movie in the theater I cracked up at the "He's Your Uncle, Not Your Dad!" sequence. It was funny it was cool. Just everything about "Speedway" is superbly exciting. But what else could you expect out of a movie that starres the king of rock and roll! And lets not forget Nancy Sinatra who is more than just the icing on that cake. It's not everyday you see such a gorgeous tax collector. I give this film a perfect A+. It's just loaded with the stuff! "Speedway" is an honest to goodness must see.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Viva Las Vegas 2"? Not really... June 12, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
By 1967, enough was enough with the light fluff comedies starring Elvis Presley. Throughout the 60s, Elvis was being humiliated making bad movies like TICKLE ME and HARUM SCARUM while The Beatles and Bob Dylan were changing the music scene.
In SPEEDWAY, Elvis plays a singing race car driver (for the third time!) who gets into trouble with the IRS. He falls in love with Nancy Sinatra, and that's about it for the plot.
The only saving grace is that the cast is better than average. It's quite interesting to see Elvis act alongside "Lucy" regular Gale Gordon. The songs are a little better than average, especially the quite good "Let Yourself Go".
Again, it's not that bad. It's a definite improvement over CLAMBAKE, but a far cry from JAILHOUSE ROCK or KING CREOLE.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Groovy Self July 12, 2004
Format:DVD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The copy is good. If you like Elvis, get it.
Published 1 day ago by PSBarger
5.0 out of 5 stars QUALITY DVD. WILL BE ENJOYED BY ALL WHO VIEW IT.
QUALITY DVD. WILL BE ENJOYED BY ALL WHO VIEW IT.
Published 1 month ago by Midcoast Vintage
5.0 out of 5 stars Speedway
This is a good movie love it to watch it and see my guy starring in it and just this man.
Published 2 months ago by sassy
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE
LOTS OF ACTION AND THE ONES WHO LIKE CAR RACING WILL LIKE THIS MOVIE IT IS A GOOD MOVIE and tensing at times
Published 3 months ago by gsherrard@shaw.ca
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST OWN
seen it many many times and I just absolutely love it...one of EPs best, and lots of action and passion, and a few laughs
Published 3 months ago by Joshua W
5.0 out of 5 stars Speedway
This is a must have for any Elvis fan. Great movie, great music and good story line. Elvis at his best.
Published 3 months ago by A. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERYONE LOVES ELVIS!!!!
THIS MOVIE IS FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY, IS ACTION PACKED SWEET, AND ENTERTIANING FOR EVERYONE WHO IS A ELVIS FAN!!!!!
Published 4 months ago by shanha D. Martinez
4.0 out of 5 stars SPEEDWAY, ELVIS PRESLEY
I GREW UP LOVING ELVIS PRESLEY MOVIES AS A TEEN & ENJOYED WATCHING THEM AGAIN. LOVED ALL HIS SONGS STORY LINE WASN'T QUITE AS GREAT AS COULD HAVE BEEN BUT IT WAS THE 60S
Published 5 months ago by Cheryl J Huff
5.0 out of 5 stars how much I can say about it was a very good movie
again movie got it on time. If you like Elvis you will like this movie.excellent excellent movie. If there's any more Elvis movies I would like to have them.
Published 7 months ago by michael w bodie
4.0 out of 5 stars Elivis Presley and Nancy Sinatra
If you are not sure if this is the right pairing, then watch the movie. You will be pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bkd
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