Directed by Lamont Johnson • 1973 • United States
Starring Jeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Based on an article by Tom Wolfe, this engrossing and authentic drama follows the saga of Junior Jackson (Jeff Bridges), the wild son of a backwoods North Carolina moonshiner (Art Lund). After his father is arrested, Junior turns to stock-car racing in order to raise the money to free his old man. Even as he chafes against the corporate realities of professional driving, Junior battles his way to the top one thrilling race at a time.