Corky (film)

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Corky 1972 movie poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Leonard Horn
Produced by Bruce Geller
Written by Eugene Price
Starring Robert Blake
Charlotte Rampling
Patrick O'Neal
Music by John Carl Parker (as John Parker)
Jerry Styner
Cinematography David M. Walsh
Edited by Hugh S. Fowler
Albert P. Wilson
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
Running time
1 hr 28 min (88 min) (USA)
Country United States
Language English

Corky is a 1972 film drama starring Robert Blake and directed by Leonard Horn.[1]


Corky Curtiss is a Texas race-car mechanic obsessed with the sport. He is permitted to drive in local races on weekends, but boss Randy Dover replaces him with another driver because of his costly reckless ways.

With little money to support wife Peggy Jo and two kids, Corky needs his job but can't control his resentment. He enters a race on a figure-eight track and deliberately causes a crash that sends replacement driver Steve to the hospital. A furious Randy fires Corky from his mechanic's job.

Corky abandons his wife and heads for Georgia in his pink Plymouth Barracuda with a friend, Billy. He enters and wins a small race along the way, but drinks and gambles away the prize money at a roadhouse.

A sympathetic Randy realizes that Peggy Jo has been left with no money and prospects, so he gives her Corky's back wages plus a job. She also finds a second job and takes classes trying to earn a high-school diploma.

By the time Corky reaches Atlanta, he is almost dead broke and is not given a chance to drive at the speedway. Selling his tires, Corky picks a fight with a junkyard owner who sics attack dogs on him. He also insults passersby who offer assistance to his disabled vehicle. Billy objects to his behavior, then leaves with the strangers when Corky punches him.

Back home in Texas, penniless and despondent, Corky realizes that his wife has begun working for Randy and accuses her of having an affair. He goes to the garage with a gun and shoots a couple of Randy's mechanics. Trying to flee from police, the pink car bursts into flames with Corky inside. His last thoughts are fantasies of being a famous race driver.



Paul Mavis, of, reviewing the Warner Archive Collection 2014 DVD release of Corky, wrote, "An oppressively fatalistic look at a sh*tty little loser. Corky‍ '​s audience appeal is completely perverse: let's watch a character we wouldn't be caught dead near, spiral down into a nightmarish hole of his own making, with absolutely no chance of his achieving understanding or redemption. It's a powerful vision--it's just too bad it wasn't a bit deeper. Still, Blake's performance is remarkably in tune with the dark, well-detailed proceedings."[2]


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