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The Wild Racers (1968)

A devil-may-care racing driver is paid by an auto tycoon to be a runner-up, not a winner, but he rebels against the crooked deal and becomes an internationally famous racer.

Directors:

Daniel Haller, Roger Corman (uncredited)

Writer:

Max House
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fabian ... Joe Joe Quillico
Mimsy Farmer ... Katherine Pearson
Judy Cornwell ... Pippy
Warwick Sims Warwick Sims ... Charlie
Alan Haufrect Alan Haufrect ... Virgil
David Landau David Landau ... Ian (as David Landar)
Talia Shire ... June - Katherine's Friend (as Talia Coppola)
Ursule Pauly Ursule Pauly ... French Girlfriend
Dick Miller ... Pit Crew Mechanic
Ron Gans Ron Gans
Fabienne Arel Fabienne Arel
Patricia Culbert Patricia Culbert ... Louise
Mary Jo Deschanel ... Dancing Girl (as Mary Jo Kennedy)
Kurt Boon Kurt Boon
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Storyline

Promising young racing car driver Joe Joe Quillico leaves the stock car racing scene in the United States in order to pursue Grand Prix racing in Europe. After limited success he manages to win the Spanish Grand Prix. His love life however, is much less successful and his winning on the track only serves to alienate the woman he loves - with unhappy consequences. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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From Stock Car To Grand Prix... show him a curve and he'll take it... on two wheels or with a kiss!

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Action | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Competición salvaje See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmakers Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All of Warwick Sims' dialog was looped by Dick Miller, who also appears briefly in the movie as a different character. See more »

Quotes

Joe Joe Quillico: 'Cause I'm Joe Joe Quillico, king of the hillico. And they call me Joe Joe, 'cause I got the mojo. Ya know what mojo is? Mojo is magic. And that's where it's at with me, Baby. Do you like it when I call you Baby?
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Soundtracks

The Bullfight
Written by Mike Curb
Produced by Bob Summers & Mike Curb
Performed by Davie Allan And The Arrows (as The Sidewalk Sounds)
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LeMans premonition?
14 December 2014 | by rcecconiSee all my reviews

I had to look up the dates on Wild Racers and LeMans. For the first hour of the movie it felt like the director was telling Fabian, " Do everything the way McQueen did it in LeMans". He even drives the same car. Remarkably, LeMans was made 2 years later. While I'll never put the two movies (or Fabian & McQueen) on the same level, they both had that same "Groovy" sixties vibe. That's what I love about sixties racing movies, they're like a time capsule of culture & style. The hair, the clothes, the way they talk...it's quite entertaining. Probably because racing is perceived as a young man's game. Living on the "Edge" as it were. I don't think if they made a period movie about the sixties, they could make it as convincing as the real thing.

Which leads me to the racing. While the racing footage in "Wild Racers" was excellent, it wasn't real. "LeMans" was real racing, real racers and real tension. Fabian, as good looking as he is, is no match for the hard intensity of McQueen. And McQueen was a bonified race car driver. An enthusiast of motor sports in general. Having driven and rode in competition, he had a leg up on Fabian.

It would be easy to pass Wild Racers off as a vehicle to launch the heart throb, crooner, a'La Elvis Presley, but that would be doing the actual film making a disservice. It's a very hip, inventive movie that takes some cinematic chances for the era it was made. Shaky cam, interesting camera angles, and lighting,very artsy when compared to the contrived schlock of a typical Elvis movie.

Perhaps, not a break out role for Mimsy Farmer, (did she ever have one?) she is breathtakingly, beautiful here. Like a vulnerable Amy Adams. I'd watch it again just for her.

All in all, a pretty decent, lazy Sunday afternoon, flick. If your asking, "Should I ?" I'm saying, "Yeah, why not"


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