The story of premier drag racer Shirley Muldowney, who became the first driver ever to win the National Hot Rod Association's World Championship more than once. In order to do so, she had to break not only speed records, but formidable sexual barriers as well. Academy Award Nominations: Best Costume Design.
Bonnie Bedelia - American actress, DIE HARD, HEART LIKE A WHEEL
Beau Bridges - American actor, THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS (1989)
Lloyd Vernet Bridges III - American actor, THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS (1989)
Hoyt Axton - American Singer/Actor
Leo Rossi - Supporting Actor/Accused
Jonathan Kaplan - American Director
Biography about trophy-winning race car driver Shirley Muldowney, and how she broke into what was primarily a man's field. The film traces her life from the car-racing influences of her childhood and teens to her success as an adult, in which she was aided by her second husband, a race car driver himself.
Shirley Muldowney served as a creative consultant to the production.
"...Immediate and understandable, and [it] never opts for heroism at the expense of authenticity....Bedelia gives a fine performance..." - 10/06/1983 New York Times, p.C30
Included in The New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1983" - 12/25/1983 New York Times, p.II:15