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Fast Company

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Canada
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1979

Rated R · 1h 31m

Director David Cronenberg
Starring William Smith, Claudia Jennings, John Saxon, Nicholas Campbell

Genre Drama

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An early departure from director David Cronenberg's canon of visceral horror, 1979's Fast Company profiles one of his personal passions, racecars, in a gritty melodrama that also features exciting racetrack footage. Veteran tough guy William Smith is top-billed as a champion drag racer who clashes with the unscrupulous oil-company executive who sponsors his team.

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TV Guide Magazine by

A formula B movie about race car drivers, it's competent, but unmemorable as anything other than a footnote in Cronenberg's development.
70

Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

What gives it the Cronenberg feel, in spite of the complete absence of his standard themes, is his manner of filming the dragsters: they become, like the horrible growths that usually dominate his movies, the physical projection of the characters' hostile energies, weapons they use to act out the psychological conflicts that torture them off the track.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Jay Scott

William Smith, who plays Lucky Lonnie, a drag-strip racer in David Cronenberg's Fast Company, is a personification of country singer Waylon Jennings' voice: powerful and rich and funky and gentle. He doesn't hold Fast Company together - a vise the size of Paraguay couldn't hold Fast Company together - but his presence gives the movie an entirely undeserved distinction. [03 Oct 1979]
75

The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

Fast Company is an example of Cronenberg taking one step back from his idiosyncrasies, and spending 90 minutes reveling in one of his passions.

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