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Fireball 500 Reviews

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½ June 4, 2016
Oddball Frankie and Annette film that attempts to be edgier and to more in touch with the rebellious youth culture of the 1960s than the Beach Party films . Frankie plays a stock car racer who's also a part-time moonshine runner. This film was directed by William Asher, who made most all of the Beach Party films. This film also features some familiar Beach Party players like Fabian, Chill Wills, Harvey Lembeck, and music by Les Baxter. I kept waiting for this film to dip into light comedy and musical numbers, but it never did. Although it's somewhat interesting to see Frankie and Annette try to do something outside of their usual light fare, this film really just doesn't work and would be last Frankie and Annette film until "Back to the Beach" years later in the 1980s.
September 23, 2013
Nearly one of Annette's last films for AIP, Fireball 500 (1966) had excitement, tension, comedy, thrills and a fabulous song from Annette.
Super Reviewer
December 5, 2010
Frankie and Annette decide to put away the surf boards for a while and do a racing picture. It has a bit of excitement, but most of the movie is pretty boring, and not as funny as the "Beach" movies. Overall, it's just okay.
½ March 29, 2010
Finally those fruity beach kids start to grow up a little bit! This movie is a strange departure from the previous happy-go-lucky tales of Frankie and DeeDee on the beach. In Fireball 500 we find Harvey Lembeck not playing Eric Von Zipper, but instead playing a booze smuggling rabble-rouser who gets into a bloody brawl with Frankie Avalon. The beaches are replaced by dusty back-roads, the playful chicken fights with crashed cars and homicides, and in the strangest twist of all, Annette Funicello winds up with Fabian, and Frankie winds up with a blond who actually puts out for a change. Although at times it is hard to buy Frankie Avalon in the role of the "tough guy" he really did seem to give it his all. For all it's faults, most especially it's "Scooby Doo" style ending, Fireball 500 is something of an improvement over the previous flighty beach films.
March 13, 2009
1995??? no it's not!!!! but it's a great little break from the beach with the beach gang and is in the 1960s
December 16, 2008
It seems like this movie can't decide whether it wants to be a beach party movie or an actual racing movie.
½ July 27, 2008
Good....an old movie
½ July 26, 2008
This is a real good oldie
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