Jeff Bridges roars past a cemetery in his Mustang—fit to wake the dead—kicking off Lamont Johnson’s clear-eyed story about NASCAR legend Junior Johnson.
Honing his chops running moonshine for his jail-friendly daddy and his brother Wayne (Gary Busey), sanguine upstart Junior (Bridges) goes from local demolition derby (run by Ned Beatty) to the stock-car circuit, salting away prize money for Ma. The realistic pedal-to-metal races were shot at actual courses, while the (23-year-old!) Bridges displays never-overdone charm and ease, matched by the film’s warm, unshowy illustration of family loyalty.
Master character actor Ed Lauter plays a flinty racing owner who locks horns with Junior. Also featuring Valerie Perrine as bed-warming “Georgia peach pit” secretary, William Smith as Junior’s V-torsoed rival and briefly, bombshell Erica Hagen with timely advice (“If you can’t sell it, sit on it”). William Roberts’s screenplay (“Nobody knows more than a rookie!”) draws on an Esquire article by Tom Wolfe; Jim Croce's “I Got a Name” plays over credits.
Director: Lamont Johnson. 92 min. 1973. 35mm.
A special presentation of the Overdue series as part of Jeff Bridges, Before The Dude.
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