David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/16/18 11:22 a.m.

Don't believe I have seen this one before. Do I want to? Anyone giving it two thumbs up?


David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/16/18 11:25 a.m.

Just watched the clip again. Guess I just answered my own question. Also, hoods are for poseurs. 

OldGray320i Dork
2/16/18 11:46 a.m.

Saw this one years ago.   It's car stuff, of course it's cool.   Dennis Hopper character is entertaining.

Streetwiseguy UltimaDork
2/16/18 11:59 a.m.


I had to watch to the credits to figure out Harry Hamlin.  That scene kinda reminds me of the California Kid...Right??  Hot rod, canyon, mean cop?

Thats pretty bad...

ebonyandivory UberDork
2/16/18 1:02 p.m.

I feel like we had a thread with this a ways back.

eastsideTim UltraDork
2/16/18 1:12 p.m.

Is this the one with the guys working at the Porsche shop racing in the canyons by LA?  If so, saw it years ago, but not recently enough to remember much else.

stroker UltraDork
2/16/18 1:45 p.m.

Yep.  Harry Hamlin would obviously be in a Porsche and Dennis Hopper (crazed, as usual) in the 'Vette.   Could have predicted that ending from a mile away...  :)


buzzboy Reader
2/16/18 8:27 p.m.
AngryCorvair UltimaDork
2/16/18 9:31 p.m.

Looked like a GRM logo on the Porsche guy's jacket

Woody MegaDork
2/16/18 9:34 p.m.
GTwannaB HalfDork
2/16/18 9:49 p.m.

A true classic that I have not watched in 20yrs? 30yrs?  I just remember the old school stopwatches tapes in the car and crazy ass Hooper. 

loosecannon Dork
2/16/18 10:13 p.m.

I want to know where those cars are now

kb58 SuperDork
2/17/18 9:12 a.m.

Saw it when it came out at the drive-in and remembered thinking (even as a teenager) that I'd just seen the worst movie Ever. Still do.

I think that movie was the first time I thought "how can they do nothing but drink all day and never eat?"

Oh yeah, also remember that the engine sounds often didn't match throttle position. 

Yeah, Bad.

secretariata SuperDork
2/17/18 9:39 p.m.

What fantastic driving!  wink Looks like the inspiration for the FF series which then added the "modern adaptation" of downshifting every 10 seconds to go faster...

But the sound of the Vette engine in the beginning scene is very nice. smiley

nutherjrfan SuperDork
2/17/18 11:11 p.m.

Well we know what Dennis Hoppers character from Apocalypse Now did after he returned from Cam... er Vietnam...laugh This race does not exist nor will it ever exist.

ddavidv PowerDork
2/18/18 7:01 a.m.

Bad, bad movie. There's a reason most people don't know about it.

Rodan Reader
2/18/18 9:45 a.m.

Half the fun is how bad some of these old movies are.

It's a free stream if you're an Amazon Prime member... wink


kb58 SuperDork
2/18/18 11:01 a.m.

It's not free - you're giving up 90 minutes of your life!

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
2/18/18 11:17 a.m.

I remember seeing one commercial for it when it was new and then never seeing anything about it until the internet came along.  Yeah, it's definitely a bad movie, but so typical of movies from that era.  I swear movie producers were so high back then they would approve almost anything if it sounded kinda cool, no matter how bad the production would turn out to be. They took a lot of more risks back then. 

That said, the creators of Initial D probably saw this movie... 

OldGray320i Dork
2/18/18 3:44 p.m.

It sort of doesn't matter how bad (or good, though it is better of its good...) it is,  it's a gratuitous car movie.  The FF series is pretty universally horrible, but there are (some) cool cars and stunt driving.

Every now and again, we get a gem like Baby Driver.

As long as they keep making them!

It's good to know we have a long history of car movies, just wish there were more of them (seriously, we get loads of other crap year in and year out). 


Jere Dork
2/19/18 11:10 a.m.

I've blocked that movie from my memory mostly but I dig the truck hopper is driving with the spotlight

eastsideTim UltraDork
2/19/18 11:22 a.m.

Watched it last night.  Yeah, it's bad, but the cars were cool.  It's also strangely reassuring to see that Dennis Hopper was as nuts in 1981 as he was in any other year.

westsidetalon Reader
2/19/18 6:47 p.m.

I remember seeing a bad ass Early Z car in this flick


David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/20/18 8:41 a.m.
Rodan said:

Half the fun is how bad some of these old movies are.

It's a free stream if you're an Amazon Prime member... wink


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