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The team of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, and superstar Tom Cruise reunite for this excursion into stock-car racing that incorporates the vroom and rumble of deafening car engines with a rehash of the same elements that worked so effectively in Cruise's , Cruise, and Cruise. Cruise plays stock-car driver Cole Trickle, a young fireball on the Southern stock-car circuit who has loads of talent but no conception of how to channel that talent in to racing success. When Tim Daland (Randy Quaid) commissions veteran stock-car racer Harry Hogge (Robert Duvall) to built a car and hires Cole to drive it, Harry must instill in Cole his philosophy of winning and teach him how to channel his raw talent into success -- or, as Harry puts it, "controlling something that's out of control." Cole immediately comes into conflict with the circuit's star driver, Rowdy Burns (Michael Rooker), and their hijinks on the track causes them to smash up their cars and lands them both in the hospital. Because of his injuries, Rowdy is forced to withdraw from the circuit competition. With no rival to torment, Rowdy becomes Cole's supporter and friend, while Cole revs up his motors for Dr. Claire Lewicki (Nicole Kidman), the attractive brain specialist who supervises Cole's recovery from the crackup. Cole's health is restored, and he begins to race again, chastened and hanging onto Harry's every word. Cole appears to have centered himself for success, but in an orgasmic grand finale, Cole must compete against Russ Wheeler (Cary Elwes), a dastardly driver who not only wants to see Cole defeated but permanently disabled. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:June 27, 1990

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rick Kline Best Sound 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kevin O'Connell Best Sound 1990 Nominee

Cast

Tom Cruise
as Cole Trickle
Robert Duvall
as Harry Hogge
Nicole Kidman
as Dr. Claire Lewicki
Randy Quaid
as Tim Daland
Michael Rooker
as Rowdy Burns
Cary Elwes
as Russ Wheeler
Fred Dalton Thompson
as Big John
John C. Reilly
as Buck Bretherton
J.C. Quinn
as Waddell
Don Simpson
as Aldo Benedetti
Caroline Williams
as Jennie Burns
Donna Wilson
as Darlene
Chris Ellis
as Harlan Hoogerhyde
Peter Appel
as Tire Carrier, Cole's Crew
John Griesemer
as Len Dortort
Barbara Garrick
as Lauren Daland
Jerry Molen
as Dr. Wilhaire
Tania Coleridge
as Russ Wheeler's Girlfriend
Jim Grimshaw
as Hardee's Pit Crew Chief
Margo Martindale
as Donna
Leilani Sarelle
as Female Highway Patrol Officer
Nick Searcy
as Highway Patrol Officer
James Martin, Jr.
as Field Doctor
Michael Burgess
as Young Doctor
Cindi Vicino
as Nurse
Michael Burgess
as Young Doctor
Nick Searcy
as Highway Patrol Officer
Caroline Williams
as Jennie Burns
James Martin, Jr.
as Field Doctor
Leilani Sarelle
as Female Highway Patrol Officer
John Griesemer
as Len Dortort
Margo Martindale
as Donna
Barbara Garrick
as Lauren Daland
Jerry Molen
as Dr. Wilhaire
Peter Appel
as Tire Carrier, Cole's Crew
Donna Wilson
as Darlene
Jim Grimshaw
as Hardee's Pit Crew Chief
Tania Coleridge
as Russ Wheeler's Girlfriend
Chris Ellis
as Harlan Hoogerhyde

Crew

Tony Scott
Director
Gerald R. Molen
Producer
Robert Towne
Screenwriter
Robert Towne
Screen Story
Tom Cruise
Screen Story
Ward Russell
Cinematographer
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Shirley Walker
Composer (Music Score)
Bert Lovitt
Editor
Billy Weber
Editor
Chris Lebenzon
Editor
Thomas Sanders
Production Designer
Don Simpson
Co-producer
Jerry Bruckheimer
Co-producer
Gerald R. Molen
Executive Producer
Thomas Roysden
Set Designer
James Tyson
Costume Designer
Rick Kline
Sound/Sound Designer
Greg Sacks
Consultant/advisor
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