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Hot Rod movies, including Hot Rod 1979.

Hot Rod (1979)

NR 97 min. TV movie. Starring Gregg Henry, Pernell Roberts, Ed Begley Jr., Robert Culp.

This was a made for TV movie. It was shot in 15 days!

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More American Graffiti (1979)

PG 110 min The follow up to American Graffiti. Ron Howard, Bo Hopkins...

More American Graffiti is a 1979 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Bill L. Norton. It is the sequel to the 1973 film American Graffiti. Whereas the first film followed a group of friends during the summer evening before they set off for college, this film shows where the characters from the first film end up a few years later.

Most of the main cast members from the first film returned for the sequel, including Candy Clark, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Charles Martin Smith, Bo Hopkins, and Harrison Ford. Richard Dreyfuss was the only principal cast member from the original film not to appear in the sequel. It was the final live-action film in which Ron Howard would play a credited, named character. -Wikipedia

The California Kid (1974)

NR 74 min. TV Movie. Starring Martin Sheen, Vic Morrow (Combat!), Nick Nolte, Michelle Phillips, Gary Morgan, and Janit Baldwin.

Watch The California Kid on YouTube.

American Graffiti (1973)

PG 110 min. Starring Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Wolfman Jack.

In January 1973 the Selective Service announces the end to the draft and institutes an all-volunteer military. President Nixon signs the Paris Peace Accords, ending direct U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

Maybe we needed to go back to a time when the most stressful things were dating and deciding if you're going to college.

The movie trailer starts off with Wolfman Jack asking "Where were you in '62?" A clear sign of a nostalgia movie.

On a side note, the movie, Vanishing Point (1971), had a blind DJ named Super Soul that acted as a guide for Kowalski.

American Graffiti was the first good movie about the 1950s car culture. Well cast, written, acted, filmed and produced.

This is a movie directly about youth car culture. Drive-ins, Cruising, custom cars, racing. No politics, just a night of cruising in a small town.

In small towns, the traffic was light, especially at night.

You feel like you own the town.

Cruising amplified life. It filled you with a serene sense of cool, interrupted by bursts of adrenaline from potential confrontations, showoff driving, or spontaneous pranks.

The 1955 Chevy Bob Falfa (Harrison Ford) was one of three used in Two Lane Blacktop (1971).

American Graffiti makes it into the "Iconic Car Movies" canon because was the first good movie about the 1950s car culture. It was well cast, written, acted, filmed and produced. This is a movie directly about youth car culture, drive-ins, cruising, custom cars, hot rods, and racing.

Two Lane Blacktop (1971)

R 102 min. Two Lane Blacktop is a road movie starring, singer-songwriter James Taylor, the Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, Warren Oates, and Laurie Bird.

Also starring, '55 Chevy, '70 GTO, and some real LA street racers!

But first, let's address the obvious...

How did James Taylor end up in this movie, having never acted before?

Director, Monte Hellman, had auditioned many actors, but he was unsatisfied. So, as fate would have it, Hellman saw a picture of James Taylor on a billboard on the Sunset Strip. He asked James to come and do a screen test.

Now, what about Dennis Wilson, another non-actor?

It was the same story for the role of the mechanic. Hellman was looking at actual mechanics but couldn’t find anyone.

With four days left before shooting, a friend of the casting director suggested Dennis Wilson, a genuine car guy.

OK, now the movie...

Two Lane Blacktop is a road movie with no real plot.

In an interview with director Monte Hellman he was asked about the plot of the movie. Hellman laughed and said, "I was hard-pressed to find one."

As one movie poster proclaims:

"Their world is a two-lane blacktop. No beginning... No end..."


There was certainly thought put into the movie.

At least for the cars. (Right on. Fistbump)

Screenplay writer Rudy Wurlitzer explains, "The GTO is the consumer car par excellence, a metaphor for the consumer culture. It's absurd, but in a great way. The Chevy is the artist's car, made and created by people who are in love with the process of building a car."

Consumer, versus the purity of the artist builder.

Sound familiar?

Or maybe it's like a cup of coffee.

No plot. Just drink it, and enjoy.

Two Lane Blacktop makes it into the "Best Car Movies" canon due to its cult classicness.

Hot Rods to Hell (1967)

NR 92 min.

Dad gets in a car wreck and suffers a serious debilitating injury. Has to abandon his career, and is talked in to buying a motel to generate income. But hot rod punks don't like the new square owner.

Hot Rod Gang (1958)

NR 72 min. Comedy. Directed by Lew Landers. Written by Lou Rusoff. Starring John Ashley, Jody Fair.

"Hot Rod Gang is a 1958 film starring John Ashley. The working title was Hot Rod Rock with the film also released under the title Fury Unleashed. American International Pictures released the film as a double feature with High School Hellcats. The movie features an appearance by Gene Vincent." -Wikipedia

Great Review!

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Hot-Rod Girl (1956)

NR 79 min. Starring Chuck Connors, not as the Rifleman!

"Hot Rod Girl is a 1956 action film directed by Leslie H. Martinson and released by American International Pictures as a double feature with Girls in Prison. It stars Lori Nelson and Chuck Connors." -Wikipedia

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The Devil on Wheels (1947)

NR 67 min. Say your prayers and watch it now! Although it will cost you 67 minutes of your life (not including possible video buffering).