The Young Racers
|The Young Racers|
|Directed by||Roger Corman|
|Produced by||Roger Corman|
|Written by||R. Wright Campbell|
|Music by||Les Baxter|
|Distributed by||American International Pictures (1963, original)|
The Young Racers is a 1963 film directed by Roger Corman.
- Mark Damon as Stephen Children
- William Campbell as Joe Machin
- Luana Anders as Henny
- Patrick Magee as Sir William Dragonet
- John McLaren as team manager Lotus
- R. Wright Campbell as Robert Machin
- Milo Quesada as Italian pilot
- Margarete Robsahm as Lea
- Béatrice Altariba as Monique
- Christina Gregg as Daphne
- Marie Versini as Sesia Machin
The film was shot on location in Europe to take advantage of the real life grand prix. He hired Robert Wright Campbell, brother of the lead actor, William Campbell, to write the script; he wanted Campbell to base the script on an earlier screenplay he had written about a young American who gets involved with a great bullfighter in Spain. The movie was shot from race to race with the cast and crew taking breaks in between - Monaco, Rouen, Spa in Belgium, Holland and England.
Quentin Tarantino described himself as "a big fan of" the movie. "Where this supposed bad ass driver takes bedding women as seriously as he does winning races. Action flick meets romantic drama, but nicely balanced."
The Young Racers was released in a Region 1 DVD on Sep 11 2007, as part of the box set The Roger Corman Collection.
A tie-in paperback novelization of the screenplay, by Harold Calin — a ubiquitous paperback novelist of the era, best known for his novels of men at war — was commissioned by Lancer Books and released to coincide with the release of the film. Its text occupies 120 pages of very small print (typical of the period) and the copyright is © 1963 Alta Vista Productions. The price on the cover: 40¢.
- Alan Frank, The Films of Alan Frank: Shooting My Way Out of Trouble, Bath Press, 1998 p 112
- Roger Corman & Jim Jerome, How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never lost a Dime, Muller, 1990 p 110-111
- "QUENTIN TARANTINO: MY FAVOURITE RACING MOVIES" F1 Social Diary 21 August, 2013 Archived August 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. accessed 5 July 2014
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