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This David Cronenberg film starred William Smith as the owner of a Canadian two-car top fuel dragster and funny car drag racing team. Smith thinks he has hit the jackpot when he lands a major sponsor for his race team. Unfortunately, he finds out in short order that the sponsor is ethically challenged. Smith tries to end the relationship, but the sponsor ends up confiscating his Pontiac Firebird funny car. In the best part of the movie, Smith finds the flopper on display at a car show and steals it back by driving right out the side door of the building! How he got the car started--where he got the fuel--and how he got the body lowered and latched by himself while in the drivers seat is never fully explained, but nevermind! The most memorable part is that in the process of driving it away, he ends up in a street race with a couple of high school kids on the main drag through town! Whadda ya mean?.....It could happen! Anyway, all's-well-that-ends-well when he gets back to the big race, and the sponsor gets what he deserves in the end. What a movie!! The Top Fuel and Funny Car racing scenes are great! Also, watch a 1969 GTO stocker running through all four gears at the strip! Hard to find, but don't miss this one!
1979 (1 DVD) [M] Colour 91 minutes