“The only thing I do fast is drive.”
Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney (Bonnie Bedelia) battles discrimination and personal heartache as she becomes the top female drag-racer of all time.
- Beau Bridges Films
- Bonnie Bedelia Films
- Car Racing
- Dick Miller Films
- Feminism and Women’s Issues
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, Bonnie Bedelia turns in an “Oscar-worthy performance as drag-race champion Shirley ‘Cha Cha’ Muldowney,” the first woman to break the gender barrier in drag-race competitions. Director Jonathan Kaplan wisely avoids trying to hit all the “key points” in Bonnie’s life; instead, he takes the time to develop a three-dimensional character with real-life goals and heartaches. Shirley is portrayed as a strong, independent, driven woman who “finds disappointment in her relationships with men” yet continues to strive “for triumphs in her profession.”
- Bonnie Bedelia’s excellent, natural performance as Shirley
- Beau Bridges as Connie Kalitta, Bonnie’s “unfaithful lover”
No, but it’s recommended.