Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sidewinder 1 (1977)

Director: Earl Bellamy

Starring: Michael Parks, Marjoe Gortner, Susan Howard, Alex Cord, Charlotte Rae, Barry Livingston, Bill Vint, Byron Morrow, Sue Ann Carpenter

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Digger...JW...and the Dragon Lady blasting across the back country of motocross - raising hell with their hot machines and foxy women!

Plot: Michael Parks plays it cool and easy as J.W. Wyatt, a blunt, scruffy, aging motocross champ who decides to endorse and help design a fancy new motorcycle for laid-back businessman Packard Gentry (Cord). Alas, Packard gets killed in a motorcycle accident, thus leaving Wyatt and his cocky, swaggering, groupie-chasing yahoo cowboy buddy assistant Digger (Gortner) at the mercy of Packard's smug, rigid, by the book advertising executive sister Chris (Howard).

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? Noop.

More by-the-numbers plotting but this is the first ever movie about motocross so it has some significance.  I'm sure this will rate higher if you're a fan of the sport.  The acting isn't bad, there's lots of race action and the picture goes exactly where you think it is.  I watched it because of Parks and Cord.  I'd keep this one on the second page of their resumes.  It's harmless motocross entertainment.  I wish I had more to say but it's pretty middle-of-the-road no matter how you slice it.

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