|Directed by||Leonard Horn|
|Produced by||Bruce Geller|
|Written by||Eugene Price|
|Music by||John Carl Parker (as John Parker)
|Cinematography||David M. Walsh|
|Edited by||Hugh S. Fowler
Albert P. Wilson
|1 hr 28 min (88 min) (USA)|
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.
- Robert Blake as Corky
- Charlotte Rampling as Peggy Jo
- Patrick O'Neal as Randy
- Christopher Connelly as Billy
Paul Mavis, of DVDTalk.com, 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."
- "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
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