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Director  Paul A. Helmick
Music director  Walter Greene
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Country  USA
1.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Drama
Screenplay  Alexander Richards
Writer  Alexander Richards
Language  English
Thunder in Carolina movie poster
Release date  1960
Cast  Rory Calhoun (Mitch Cooper), Alan Hale Jr. (Buddy Schaeffer), Connie Hines (Rene York), Race Gentry (Les York (as John Gentry)), Ed McGrath (Reichert)
Similar movies  The Speed Lovers, Greased Lightning, The Mad Canadian, Thunder Alley
Tagline  THE WORLD SERIES OF STOCK CAR RACING!

Thunder in Carolina is a 1960 stock car racing movie starring Rory Calhoun, Alan Hale, Jr., and Connie Hines. The picture was written by Alexander Richards, directed by Paul Helmick, and contains remarkable 1959-vintage stock car race footage.

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Filmed at a number of small dirt ovals in the South, the film is set in the 1959 edition of NASCAR's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. All filming was done during that year with much of the footage taken during the actual event. A film car was entered to capture on-track sequences and Rory Calhoun actually ran some laps during the race. Calhoun drives a two-tone 1957 Chevrolet, with a blue body and white top, while his friend-turned-competitor "Les York" is in a 1959 Oldsmobile.

Poster for Thunder in Carolina 1960 USA Wrong Side of the Art

The movie is clearly a "B" grade production in terms of budget but Thunder In Carolina managed to capture much of the sound and fury of the era. The film was later marketed on home video as "Hard Drivin'" with a freeze-frame title spliced into the opening.

Picture of Thunder in Carolina

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Cast

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  • Rory Calhoun ... Mitch Cooper
  • Alan Hale, Jr. ... Buddy Schaeffer
  • Connie Hines ... Rene York
  • Race Gentry ... Les York (billed as John Gentry)
  • Ed McGrath ... Reichert
  • Troyanne Ross ... Kay Hill
  • Helen Downey ... Eve Mason
  • Van Casey ... Stoogie
  • Tripplie Wisecup ... Myrtle Webb
  • Carey Loftin ... Tommy Webb
  • Billie Langston ... Peaches
  • Ann Stevens ... Singer
  • George Rembert, Jr. ... Junior Thorsen
  • Olwen Roney ... Motel manager
  • Richard Taylor ... Higgins
  • George Fordham ... Waiter
  • Reception

    Quentin Tarantino is a fan of the film.


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    References

    Thunder in Carolina Wikipedia
    Thunder in Carolina IMDb Thunder in Carolina themoviedb.org


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