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This story revolves around "Lucky Man" Johnson who, although once a big name in the drag-racing circuit, has now gotten lazy. But when his sponsor tries to replace him, his competitive spirit is revived.
An early departure from director David Cronenberg's canon of visceral horror, 1979's Fast Company profiles one of his personal passions, racecars, in a gritty melodrama that also features exciting racetrack footage. Veteran toughguy William Smith is top-billed as a champion drag racer who clashes with the unscrupulous oil-company executive (John Saxon) who sponsors his team. Though lacking the gruesome clinical obsessions of his horror features (Cronenberg admits on the disc's commentary that the film was a tax shelter for its Canadian producers), Fast Company is also fascinated with internal machinery (here, car engines instead of human bodies), and it's easily Cronenberg's most approachable film, with plenty of automotive action alongside the solid performances (the cast includes B-movie queen Claudia Jennings in her final performance). --Paul GaitaSee all Editorial Reviews
- "Inside the Character Actor's Studio": interviews with stars William Smith and John Saxon
- "Shooting Cronenberg": interview with director of photography Mark Irwin
- Theatrical trailer
- Poster and still gallery
- Claudia Jennings bio
- Bonus disc:
- The early films of David Cronenberg: "Stereo" (1969), "Crimes of the Future" (1970)
- David Cronenberg bio
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