“Hey, the race you saw was one by a car that was bought, torn apart, re-built and driven by me!”
Junior Jackson (Jeff Bridges) learns how to ride fast and hard while delivering moonshine on southern backroads. Soon he’s winning NASCAR races and rising to the top of his field.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Car Racing
- Gary Busey Films
- Jeff Bridges Films
- Ned Beatty Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this enjoyable little sleeper — based on a series of articles by Tom Wolfe — is a fairly standard (albeit factually inaccurate) biopic with an admirably “strong, natural performance” by Jeff Bridges. Director Lamont Johnson “has a feel for [the] racing milieu,” and there’s some genuinely exciting footage from actual NASCAR races which adds to the overall realism of the film. Unfortunately, however, “the material isn’t unusual enough to be really interesting.”
- Jeff Bridges as Junior Jackson
- Gary Busey as Jackson’s brother
No, but it’s worth watching just to see Bridges’ performance.