Speedway (1968 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Norman Taurog|
|Produced by||Douglas Laurence|
|Written by||Phillip Shuke|
|Music by||Jeff Alexander|
|Editing by||Richard W. Farrell|
|Running time||94 minutes|
|Box office||$2,000,000 (US/ Canada)|
Race car driver Steve Grayson's manager and friend, Kenny Donford, has mismanaged his winnings and Steve finds himself in deep trouble with the Internal Revenue Service for back taxes. This proves to be a problem for him in his efforts to continue to race competitively.
Susan Jacks of the IRS is assigned to keep tabs on Steve and apply his future prize money toward his $150,000 debt. But she ends up keeping a much closer eye on Steve than she anticipated.
Scenes were shot at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The film features guest appearances by several of the top stock-car—better known now as NASCAR—drivers of the day including Richard Petty, Buddy Baker, Cale Yarborough, Tiny Lund and more.
This would be the final "formula" musical film of Presley's career. His later films would be less musical and more adult in tone.
Although the film was completed in the early summer of 1967, it was not released in theatres until the spring of 1968. It was a box-office hit, placing at #40 on the Variety weekly national box office list.
The only guitar to be featured in the film is during one of the film's closing scenes, during the performance of "Aint Nothing Like a Song', where a sunburst Fender Coronado is used.
- Elvis Presley as Steve Grayson
- Nancy Sinatra as Susan Jacks
- Bill Bixby as Kenny Donford
- Gale Gordon as R. W. Hepworth
- William Schallert as Abel Esterlake
- Victoria Paige Meyerink as Ellie Esterlake
- Carl Ballantine as Birdie Kebner
- Ross Hagen as Paul Dado
- Charlotte Considine as Lori
- Sandy Reed as Speedway Announcer
- "Big Rental Films of 1968" in Variety, 8 January 1969, p. 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.
- Speedway at the Internet Movie Database
- Review by Bill Treadway at DVD Verdict, August 3, 2004.
- Review by Jeff Rosado at digitallyOBSESSED!, August 1, 2004.
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