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Billed as ABC TVs 200th 'Movie Of The Week'
Martin Sheen is excellent as always and is ably supported by Nick Nolte, Stuart Margolin and Michelle Phillips.
Vic Morrow steals the show as Sheriff Roy Childress.
Look fast for Martin's real life brother Joe Estevez, playing his screen brother, at the beginning of the film.
OK, it’s 1958 and Sheriff Roy Childress (played by Vic Morrow) believes that lawbreakers should be punished, especially those who drive fast...like the hit-and-run driver that killed his wife and little daughter. To help their punishment along, the Sheriff has souped-up his squad car, and uses his push bars to force speeders off the road on a particularly dangerous curve. But, when a stranger drives into town in the hottest of hot rods, and begins digging into the recent “accidents,” Roy knows that trouble has come. Michael McCord’s (Martin Sheen) brother was killed on that dangerous curve, and he knows that something is seriously wrong in Clarksberg. And he’s going to put it right.
When you think of made-for-TV movies, you figure the movie is probably pretty bad, right? Well, this 1974 ABC movie is surprisingly great. Martin Sheen does a great job of playing the role of a sort of grown-up James Dean, a rebel who now has a cause. And Vic Morrow presents a very good Sheriff Roy, a man who is deadly earnest...deadly, deadly earnest. Plus, there’s even a rather young Nick Nolte. The story itself is very good, as we watch Roy as the bad guy, and McCord unraveling the mystery of his brother’s death.
The music is very 70s, which is no surprise, and having been a TV movie, it has that irritating thing of musical crescendos coming right before where a commercial would have been. But, that said, it is a great movie.Read more ›
Martin Sheen and Vic Morrow put in great performances.
Music is great, as mentioned.
Story has potential, but...
...but kind of falls flat in the end so that when it's over you're like, "That's it?". Anti-climatic.
Bare bones production. But I didn't really mind.
There are NO bonus features.....
A very young Martin Sheen and Nick Nolte also played their parts with excellence. I'm trying to figure if the Michelle Phillips in this movie is the same Michelle Phillips from the Mamas and the Papas. After a little research I learned that Michelle Phillips is the same one from the Mamas and the Papas.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Martin Sheen is pretty good. Nick Nolte is a total chuckle head in this old flick. Lots of fun driving scenes on old flathead fordsPublished 6 days ago by R1NO
Loved on TV!!!! Back in 1974!!! Loved it on my uncles beta tape he recorded. Loved it on the speed channel Shen it aired in 1999. Now I got two DVD s of this show. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Lord PALMER of Barsoom
A friend's car, lousy movie. They beat the crap out of the car during filming.Published 1 month ago by W Potter