Reviewed byjustinmgodellVote: 8/10/10
This movie is what any NASCAR fan should see.
From the simple fact that not every driver comes with a cleanbackground. You have to do what it takes to live. With that in mind andnot giving the story away Jeff Bridges character Junior Jackson doeswhat it takes to make the money. And that of course but racing. Fromthe lower circuits to the higher ones This is kind of a fast pacemovie, but its kind of dry. For the viewer that can sit threw the slowtimes and watch a movie for how a movie should be (for the story) youwill enjoy it.
A good underrated movie, and I recommend you see it.
Reviewed bymoviedude1Vote: 8/10/10
Jeff Bridges stars in this fact-based movie as Junior Jackson, a formermoonshine runner who goes straight from the back roads of the Carolinasto the muddy dirt tracks of NASCAR in an era when the sport was hardlyknown north of the Mason-Dixon line and the drivers liked their carsfast and their women even faster.
There was an old saying that NASCAR never did condone fighting amongstthe drivers, but I can see where they got the saying that, "If you haveto do it, though, make sure it's at the start-finish line." I did alittle research on Jackson's career and the story here holds to thefact that he wasn't one of the "cleanest" drivers in NASCAR, but itdoes help to have that little bit of controversy among your driver(s)when it comes to putting butts in the grandstands. I was fortunateenough to visit the Legends of Racing Museum in Daytona a few weeks agoand met Jack Anderson, a former driver from that era, and I listened tosome of the stories surrounding the times and it seems that everythingholds true, which makes this a film portrayed very well in every senseof the word. If you're a fan of stock car driving at any level, thismovie is for you! 8 out of 10 stars!
Reviewed byjmorrison-2Vote: 6/10/10
Very good acting performance by Jeff Bridges. He hit just the rightnote as the naive, in-over-his-head, but determined and aggressivestock car driver, Junior Jackson.
His performance as a young country kid, trying to break into the bigtime, with small-time resources, is memorable.
Valerie Perrine is equally good as Marge, the man-starved woman whotakes a liking to Junior. She senses he's someone who may be on the wayup, while her current beau, successful driver Kyle Kingman, is probablyon the way down. To hedge her bets, she makes sure to warm both theirbeds, to ensure she will be with the guy in the winners circle.
The movie looks, feels and sounds woefully dated, and the productionand direction leave something to be desired. There are decent stars inthis movie, but it looks like it was made on a shoe-string budget.
Bridges, Perrine, William Smith (as Kingman) and Ed Lauter (as BurtonColt, Junior's car owner) make this work with excellent performances.
A simply made movie, with outstanding characters.
A young hellraiser quits his moonshine business to try to become the best NASCAR racer the south has ever seen.