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Auto-Racing Movies Film Festival

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The movies selected for this Auto-Racing Film Festival include dramatic feature films, documentary
shorts & features, and video & DVD box set collections, plus a few books on the subject.


checkered flag symbol of automobile racing
Selected Auto-Racing Movies, A to Z
http://www.imdb.com/find?q=autoracing&s=kw

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Indy 500 4-disk DVD box set   "Indy 500" DVD Box Set [2005]
LionsGate color DVD set [5/2005] 4 disks - out of prodn/used
"Enter the world of high-speed racing"; contains 4 documentary films,
none listed at IMDb: "Speedway Survival", "Speed! Crash! Rescue!",
"Secrets of Speed", and "24 Hours At Indy"
'Crazy Car Comedies' on DVD  "Crazy Car Comedies" on DVD [2010]
Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [3/2010] for $5.98
contains 4 silent b&w short films: "The First 500-Mile Indianapolis Speedway Race" newsreel footage [June 1911] not listed on IMDb; "Wife and Auto Trouble" comedy short [Keystone/Triangle March 1916] directed by Mack Sennett & Dell Henderson, starring Mae Busch; "Don't Park There!" comedy short [Hal Roach/Pathé June 1924] starring Will Rogers; and "Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies" comedy short [Sennett/Pathé June 1925] produced by Mack Sennett, written by Frank Capra


"At Any Price" [Sony Pictures Classics]  
Announced 8/2012: Co-written & directed by Ramin Bahrani; starring Zac Efron as an aspiring race car driver
whose father (Dennis Quaid) wants him to help run the family farm, only for the business to be threatened
when it comes under investigation • latest info at IMDb

"Blonde Comet" [1941] /tt0033399/

"Bobby Deerfield" [1977] starring Al Pacino /tt0075774/

"Breakthrough Racing" documentary [1980]
Directed by Dan Weisbord; featuring Werner Erhard

"Burn 'Em Up O'Connor" [1939] /tt0031127/

"The Cannonball Run" [1981] /tt0082136/
This hit comedy film fits in both the 'road movie' and the 'auto-racing movie' categories, since the story is based
on the actual "Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash" outlaw events that ran from
New York & Connecticut to the Pacific Ocean at Redondo Beach in California (the last race was in 1979).

"The Cannonball Run" remake [2012?]  
Announced 10/2011: A remake of “The Cannonball Run” [1981] with possible financial backing from General Motors
(giving them exclusive product placement rights for next year's models essentially makes the film a two-hour commercial).
Al Ruddy is producing, Guy Ritchie will direct, the likely studio is Warner Bros. Potential setting is Germany's
Autobahn, which has no speed limit.

"The Crowd Roars" [1932] Directed by Howard Hawks /tt0022792/

"Days of Thunder" [1990] /tt0099371/ starring Tom Cruise

"Daytona Dream" [2010] /tt1744587/

"Don't Park There!" [Hal Roach/Pathé June 1924] /tt0231484/
Will Rogers stars as a very inexperienced driver desperately searching for a parking space as he shops for his wife's bottle of 'horse liniment'.

"Double Speed" [1920] /tt0011125/
starring Wallace Reid, Wanda Hawley & Theodore Roberts

"Dust and Glory" [2013?]
Announced 11/2011: Independent producers Top Cat Media and Blue Star Entertainment hired
Simon West to direct • latest info at IMDb

"The First 500-Mile Indianapolis Speedway Race" newsreel segment [June 1911]
not listed on IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
watch the newsreel footage [4:22] online at YouTube

"Genevieve" comedy feature
[J. Arthur Rank UK July 1953, Universal USA Feb 1954]
Genevieve 1953 movie poster  Two couples compete in a vintage automobile rally from London to Brighton; after both losing in the sanctioned race, the two males get into a dispute in the bar and make a bet of £100 on the return trip, whichever car is first across Westminster Bridge ... Co-produced & directed by Henry Cornelius; starring Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kay Kendall, Kenneth More & Joyce Grenfell
V.C.I. Ent. color Blu-ray [9/2011] for $21.59
V.C.I. Ent. color DVD [9/2011] for $14.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Grand Prix" [1966] by John Frankenheimer /tt0060472/
http://www.amazon.com/Making-Grand-Prix-James-Garner/dp/B0000B1ODD/

"Greased Lightning" [1977] /tt0076106/

"The Great Race" period comedy [1965] /tt0059243/ directed by Blake Edwards

"Hot Rod" [Monogram Pictures 1950] /tt0042578/

"Indianapolis Speedway" [1939] /tt0031482/ remake of 1932 "The Crowd Roars"

"Jalopy" [1953] Bowery Boys comedy /tt0045926/

"Kings of Speed" [Starz 2011?] 10-hour limited series set in the world of 1950s and ’60s
auto racing, from filmmakers Wolfgang Petersen & Ron Shelton

"The Last American Hero" [1973] /tt0070287/

"Le Mans" [National General Pictures June 1971]
Exec produced by Robert E. Relyea; directed by Lee H. Katzin; screenplay by Harry Kleiner; original music by Michel Legrand;
starring Steve McQueen • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
http://www.amazon.com/Mans-Blu-ray-Siegfried-Rauch/dp/B004QXJZXA/
http://www.amazon.com/Mans-Siegfried-Rauch/dp/B004R6JG7Q/

"Le Mans 24" [HBJ HC, Playboy Press pb 1971] by Denne Bart Petitclerc, Foreword by Richard Nisley
based on the script for the Steve McQueen 1971 movie
http://www.amazon.com/Mans-24-Denne-Bart-Petitclerc/dp/1588500470/

"A French Kiss With Death" [Bentley Publrs, 1999] by Michael Keyser & Jonathan Williams
A lengthy, profusely-illustrated and very readable history of the making of the movie

"Lizzies of The Field" [Mack Sennett/Pathé Sept 1924] /tt0015076/
When a big cross-country automobile race is announced, two auto repair shops on opposite sides of the street make it a no-holds-barred contest.
Produced & written by Mack Sennett; directed by Del Lord; starring Billy Bevan

"The Lucky Devil" [Famous Players-Lasky July 1925] /tt0016051/
"A full throttle comedy about a young man who wins a fancy sports car and gets into trouble on the road."
Directed by Frank Tuttle; starring Richard Dix & Esther Ralston

"Michel Vaillant" [Europa Corp. France Nov 2003]
Michel Vaillant racing movie from France   U.K. title "Need For Speed"; tagline "Chaque victoire a un prix (Every victory has a price)"; racing scenes filmed at Le Mans 2002 Directed by Louis-Pascal Couvelaire; screenplay by Luc Besson & Gilles Malençon, based on the comics series by Jean & Philippe Graton; starring Sagamore Stévenin, Peter Youngblood Hills, Diane Kruger, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Béatrice Agenin, Philippe Bas, Lisa Barbuscia, Stefano Cassetti, Agathe de La Boulaye
Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
P.I.D./Archive soundtrack CD [11/2003] imported/scarce

"Need For Speed" [Disney/Touchstone Feb 2014?]  
Announced 10/2012: DreamWorks is making a live-action (plus CGI?) feature film based on the hundred-million-selling Electronic Arts video game
[launched 1994]; Scott Waugh is attached to direct the original script by George & John Gatins; Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") will star,
other cast includes actor Taylor Kitsch • latest info at IMDb

"1" [Exclusive/Spitfire Pictures 2013?]  
Announced 11/2011: Formula 1 racing documentary directed by Paul Crowder, Michael Fassbender will narrate; includes
never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with 12 world champions • not yet listed at IMDb

"Over The Wall" [2013?]  
Announced 11/2011: "A love story set in the world of stock car racing that follows a husband, wife, surrogate mother
& best friend dealing with a tragic event"; co-produced by Freddy Rodríguez & Steven Christopher Young;
written & directed (debut) by Steven Christopher Young; starring Freddy Rodríguez, Nick Stahl, Melissa Leo,
Hayden Panettiere; location filming in Ohio & North Carolina in Spring 2012 • latest info at IMDb

"The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix" animation [1975] /tt0073000/
Reodor Felgen decides that he will enter a car race to defeat his former friend who has stolen his plans for a car.

"The Quest" docufilm [2012?]  
Directed by Michael Brown

"The Racers" [1955] /tt0048531/

"Racing Dreams" [2009]
Racing Dreams 2009 documentary film by Marshall Curry  93-minute documentary film that follows three very young race car drivers (aged 11 & 12 & 13) with aspirations of making a career in N.A.S.C.A.R., who compete in the World Karting Association’s National Pavement Series. Co-produced, written, directed & filmed by Marshall Curry; won Silver Hugo at Chicago Intl. Film Festival & Best Documentary Feature Award at Tribeca Film Festival
Hannover House widescreen color Blu-ray [9/2010] out of prodn/used {strange pricing}
Hannover House 93-minute widescreen color DVD [9/2010] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie page on Curry's website
aired as episode of "P.O.V." [PBS-TV Feb 2012]episode credits at IMDb
P.B.S. Direct 90-minute color Blu-ray [9/2010] for $18.87
P.B.S. Direct 90-minute color DVD [5/2012] for $16.92

"Racing Dreams" remake [DreamWorks - in development?]
Announced 7/2012: cinematographer Lance Acord will direct a new version for 2013 release
still in development 3/2016 • latest info at IMDb

"Rebel Without A Cause" [1955] /tt0048545/

"Roaring Road" silent feature [1919] /tt0010635/
Directed by James Cruze; starring Wallace Reid, Ann Little & Theodore Roberts

watch free at YouTube (with piano music):
Part 1 [14:20]Part 2 [13:33]Part 3 [14:56]Part 4 [13:58]

sequel "Excuse My Dust" [1920] /tt0011163/
Directed by Sam Wood; starring Wallace Reid, Ann Little & Theodore Roberts

watch free at YouTube (with piano music):
Part 1 [14:36]Part 2 [14:52]Part 3 [14:52]Part 4 [4:18]

"Roaring Roads" [Ajax/Commodore 1935] /tt0136492/
http://www.archive.org/details/roaring_roads

"Rush" [StudioCanal/Imagine Sept 2013?]
Based on a true story, focusing on the friendship & rivalry between Formula One racecar drivers Niki Lauda
(portrayed by Daniel Brühl) and James Hunt (portrayed by Chris Hemsworth); directed by Ron Howard,
screenplay by Peter Morgan; also starring Olivia Wilde {as supermodel Suzy Miller} • latest info at IMDb

watch April 2013 trailer [1:53] at YouTube

listed #4 on Empire Magazine's Top 50 Sports Movies, July 2012  "Senna" [Working Title Films/P.D.A. Aug 2011]
documentary by Asif Kapadia about the Brazilian Formula One race car driver Aryton Senna

"Slingshot" [Paramount 2012? release]
Announced 6/2011: Jeremy Renner will produce & star in a film about real-life rally racing driver Bill Caswell

"Snake and Mongoo$e" [N.H.R.A. & Rocky Mountain Pictures Sept 2013]
'Snake and Mongoose' drag-racing movie  The story of two Southern California drag-racing rivals who combined with corporate giants to change the face of the sport. Co-written & directed by Wayne Holloway; co-written by Alan Paradise; starring Jesse Williams {as Don 'The Snake' Prudomme}, Richard Blake {as Tom 'Mongoose' McEwen}, Ashley Hinshaw, Tim Blake Nelson, Noah Wyle, John Heard, Ian Ziering, Kim Shaw, Joshua Leonard, Susie Abromeit, Mason Vale Cotton, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Sean Brosnan, Leonardo Nam, Julie Mond, Nikki Leigh, Fred Dryer, Jaclyn Swedberg, Whitney Moore, Blake Lindsley, Susan Traylor, Devin Brochu, Gabriel Sunday, Trevor Matthews, Skyler Maxon, Jules Willcox, Brittney Palmer
Anchor Bay widescreen color Blu-ray [DUE April 2014] for $22.98
Anchor Bay widescreen color DVD [DUE April 2014] for $14.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitewatch official trailer [1:40] at YouTube

"The Snake and Mongoose Chronicles: Episode 1" 4-minute short [Sept 2011]
Directed by Richard Blake • credits at IMDb

"The Snake and Mongoose Chronicles: Episode 2" 5-minute short [Oct 2011]
Directed by Richard Blake • credits at IMDb

"The Speed Kings" silent short [Keystone/Mutual Oct 1913] /tt0003399/
Mabel's meddling father wants her to marry racing champ Earl Cooper; she, however, wants rival racer Teddy Teztlaft; starring
Mabel Normand, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle & Ford Sterling, and racecar drivers Teddy Tetzlaff, Earl Cooper & Barney Oldfield

"Speed Lovers" [1968] /tt0230807/

"Super Speed" silent film [1925] /tt0167426/

"Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies" 2-reeler comedy [Sennett/Pathé June 1925] /tt0016375/
An inventor's amazing radio-controlled automobiles cause nothing but chaos for their owners and just about everyone else.
Produced by Mack Sennett; directed by Del Lord; written by Frank Capra; starring Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, Lillian Knight & Vernon Dent
watch full movie [22:01] online at YouTube

"Talladega Nights" [] starring Will Farrell

"Ten Laps To Go" [1936] /tt0029830/ starring Rex Lease & Duncan Renaldo

"To Please A Lady" [1950] starring Clark Gable & Barbara Stanwyck /tt0043052/

"Tomboy" [Crown Intl. 1985] /tt0090184/ starring Betsy Russell & Gerard Christopher

"Truth In 24" [ESPN broadcast March 2009] /tt1320302/
documentary film directed by Keith Cossrow & Bennett Visltear
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_in_24

Announced 3/2012: A sequel called "Truth In 24 II: Every Second Counts" will highlight Audi's win at the 2011 Le Mans race • latest info at IMDb

"Weekend of A Champion" [1972]
docufilm not released in U.S.A. until 2013; announced 3/2012: Netflix will stream the film as part of a 12-picture deal with Bret Ratner's Rat Films; film follows Scotland's Formula 1 racing champion Jackie Stewart on the weekend of his famed Monte Carlo Grand Prix victory; released Nov 2013 as 'a new documentary film with a vintage documentary film embedded inside'; essentially a restoration of the original 1972 documentary co-directed by Frank Simon with a new interview between subject Jackie Stewart and the film's original producer/co-director Roman Polanski attached at the end • Region 1 VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb

"Where They Raced" documentary feature [Nov 2013] /tt3268066/
102-minute film directed by Harry Pallenberg and based on the book of the same name by Harold Osmer, who hosts the film
http://www.amazon.com/Where-They-Raced-Harold-Osmer/dp/0965953335/
http://www.wheretheyraced.com/ + http://www.vimeo.com/49194440
DVD = http://www.wheretheyraced.com/WHERE_THEY_RACED/Shop.html

"Wife and Auto Trouble" comedy short [Keystone/Triangle March 1916] /tt0007567/
A henpecked husband buys a fancy car for his sexy secretary and gets into trouble with the law after his wife, who assumes that the gift
is for her, gets arrested for auto theft • directed by Mack Sennett & Dell Henderson, starring William Collier & Mae Busch

"The Wild Ride" [color/b&w June 1960] /tt0054475/
starring Jack Nicholson, Georgianna Carter & Robert Bean

"Winning" [1969] starring Paul Newman /tt0065215/
http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Winning-Posters_i936973_.htm

"Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman" [indep release 2014?]
Announced 10/2013: a documentary on the racing career of Paul Newman; co-produced & directed by Adam Carolla • latest info at IMDb




Books About Auto-Racing Movies

there don't seem to be any books specifically about auto-racing movies {2012}

Sports Cinema 100 Movies  "Sports Cinema: 100 Movies - The Best of Hollywood's Athletic Heroes, Losers, Myths & Misfits of The Silver Screen" [2006]
by Randy Williams

Limelight Editions 10½x8¼ pb [10/2006] for $18.96
Ultimate Book of Sports Movies by Didinger & Macnow  "The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies: Featuring The 100 Greatest Sports Films of All Time" [2009]
by Ray Didinger & Glen Macnow, Foreword by Gene Hackman

Running Press bargain edition 10x8 pb [9/2009] for $7.98
Running Press 10x8 pb [9/2009] for $10.99
Encyclopedia of Sports Films book by Edgington, Erskine & Welsh  "Encyclopedia of Sports Films" [2011]
by K. Edgington & Thomas Erskine, with James M. Welsh

Kindle Edition from Scarecrow Press [1/2011] for $61.26 {sic]
Scarecrow Press 10½x7½ hardcover [1/2011] for $68.07


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