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Smash-Up Alley: 43 The Richard Petty Story

The Last American Hero

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Smash-Up Alley: 43 The Richard Petty Story

He drove with danger, raced with death! Recall the fast-paced life and times of Richard Petty, the most accomplished driver in NASCAR history, in Smash-Up Alley: 43 The Richard Petty Story. As Richard (portrayed by Petty, himself) lies on an operating table following a death-defying wreck, his loved ones recount the formative experiences of his youth, both at home and on the track. A lifetime at break-neck speed – with deft driving and catastrophic crashes – is sure to get your adrenaline pumping!

Director
Edward J. Lakso
Starring
Richard Petty, Darren McGaven, Kathie Browne, Lynn Marta, Noah Berry Jr, L.Q. Jones
Year
1972
Rated
G
Country
USA
Format
16mm
Running Time
83 minutes

The Last American Hero

Start your engines for the stirring saga based on real-life NASCAR champion Junior Johnson. Coming from meager beginnings in the mountains of North Carolina, Jackson (Jeff Bridges) takes the wheel to steer clear of his once lawless life. He receives unwavering support from his father, who waits behind bars on bootlegging charges. Hoping to raise money for his father’s release, Jackson is driven to climb the ranks from rookie to racing legend.

“Sometimes, just on his own, Jeff Bridges is enough to make a picture worth seeing, and he’s never before been used so fully, or in a way so integral to a film’s conception. Only twenty-two when this picture was shot, he may be the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor who ever lived; physically, it’s as if he had spent his life in the occupation of each character. He’s the most American – the loosest – of all the young actors, unencumbered by stage diction and the stiff, emasculated poses of most juveniles.” – Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

Director
Lamont Johnson
Starring
Jeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ned Beatty, Gary Busey
Year
1973
Rated
PG
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
95 minutes

Upcoming Showtimes

Thu, January 31
7:30 pm
Smash-Up Alley: 43 The Richard Petty Story
9:25 pm
The Last American Hero

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