Speedway (1968 film)

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Speedway
SpeedwayElvis.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNorman Taurog
Produced byDouglas Laurence
Written byPhillip Shuke
Starring
Music byJeff Alexander
CinematographyJoseph Ruttenberg
Editing byRichard W. Farrell
StudioMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • June 12, 1968 (1968-06-12) (USA)
Running time94 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$2,000,000 (US/ Canada)[1]
 
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Speedway
SpeedwayElvis.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNorman Taurog
Produced byDouglas Laurence
Written byPhillip Shuke
Starring
Music byJeff Alexander
CinematographyJoseph Ruttenberg
Editing byRichard W. Farrell
StudioMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • June 12, 1968 (1968-06-12) (USA)
Running time94 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$2,000,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

Speedway is a 1968 American musical action film starring Elvis Presley as a racecar driver and Nancy Sinatra as his romantic interest.

Plot[edit]

Racecar driver Steve Grayson's manager and friend, Kenny Donford (Bixby), 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 and support those who require his generosity.

Susan Jacks (Sinatra) is an IRS agent assigned to keep tabs on Steve and apply his future prize money toward his $150,000 debt. But she ends up taking a romantic interest in him.

Production[edit]

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 theaters 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 "There Ain't Nothing Like A Song", where a sunburst Fender Coronado is used.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1968". Variety: 15. 8 January 1969. "Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors." 


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