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Fireball 500

USA 1966
produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff, James H. Nicholson for AIP
directed by William Asher
starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Fabian, Chill Wills, Harvey Lembeck, Julie Parrish, Douglas Henderson, Baynes Barron, Sandy reed, Renie Riano, Sue Hamilton, R.L. Armstrong, Jason Johnson, Michael Nader, Billy Beck, Ed Garner
written by William Asher, Leo Townsend, music by Les Baxter

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Stock car race driver Dave Owens (Frankie Avalon) is a drifter, pretty much travelling from racetrack to racetrack to win trophies and the attention of girls - and make some money on the side perhaps. Sonny Leander (Fabian) is the local champ of a rural American racetrack, and when Dave arrives in town and wins "his" race, he's more than a little upset, and the two men soon go head to head.

Dave eventually falls in with two "race promoters", Martha (Julie Parrish) and Charlie Bigg (Harvey Lembeck), who try to hire them for their moonshine running operation. He turns them down, but since he has been seen with them, he's "persuaded" by two feds (Douglas Henderson, Baynes Barron) to be their mole. Interestingly, he tells Martha and Charlie right off the bat when he joins forces with them, and they still let him drive for them. Dave and Martha soon become romantically involved as well ...

There's someone driving Martha and Charlie's drivers off the road, mostly to their deaths, to relieve them of their moonshine. Even Dave is driven off the road once by a reckless driver who just won't evade, but he escapes with minor bruises. Dave suspects it's Sonny, but Sonny's girlfriend (Annette Funicello) convinces Dave that beneath his hothead attitude, Sonny is an honest man. Eventually, Dave and Sonny go on a moonshine run together, and again are faced with a car coming right at them showing no intention of evading - but this time, they crash right into it ... to find out it was just a mirror. Martha has meanwhile alerted the feds, and now they're just waiting for someone to pick up the mirror - who turns out to be Charlie, who wanted to this way kill his competition with Martha, who he's long been in love with.

For the finale, Dave and Sonny, now friends at long last, both drive in the Daytona 500 - where Sonny has an almost fatal crash and won't be able to ever drive a racecar again ... perfect for his girlfriend who's always been more of a homebody.


Storywise, this movie's a mess: Most of the characters (apart from Dave) lack motivation or are flip-flopping on that account, the subplot with the feds hiring Dave as a mole makes little sense in the light that Dave officially announces being a mole and is still hired, to no consequence, the motive for the murders is doubtful at best, the Daytona 500 finale seems to be tagged on, and several songs are woven into the plot without much rhyme or reason.

And yet, the film isn't a total failure: Frankie Avalon is pretty convincing in one of his more serious roles right after the Beach Party-movies, Fabian plays the asshole rather well, but above all else, there's heaps of vintage car race footage that's nothing short of supercool. Plus, the whole thing is held together by a rather tight directorial effort at least. So if vintage racecars is your thing and you can forgive major narrative flaws, this one's pretty much a must-see I guess ...



review © by Mike Haberfelner


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