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Smokey Bites the Dust (1981)





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In this yee-haw burning rubber romp, a teenage car thief Roscoe Wilton (Jimmy McNichol) kidnaps prom queen (and sheriff's daughter) Peggy Sue (Janet Julian), prompting a smashing, bashing, multi-car chase with law enforcement and interlopers in hot pursuit.


Jimmy McNichol
as Roscoe Wilton
Janet Julian
as Peggy Sue Turner
Walter Barnes
as Sheriff Turner
Kedric Wolfe
as Deputy Bentley
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Critic Reviews for Smokey Bites the Dust

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A triple dosage of medicore, southern-fried mayhem, comedy and car chases.

Full Review… | May 16, 2011

Audience Reviews for Smokey Bites the Dust

With "Smokey and the Bandit" and its sequel being huge hits in 1977 and 1980 respectively it comes as no surprise that rip-off king producer Roger Corman would jump on the comical 'good 'ol boy' chase film bandwagon (like you couldn't tell what film it ripped off from the title). This alone doesn't mean it's going to be unwatchable as Corman produced many loveable rip-offs in his heyday: "Piranha" was a loveable rip-off "Jaws" and "Big Bad Mama" was a loveable rip-off of "Bonnie and Clyde." Well "Smokey Bites the Dust" is from the director of the mega lame "Jaws" rip-off "Up From the Depths" and is a pieced together project stitched around stock footage of previous, much better Corman productions. In other words this royally sucks. A high school jackass kidnaps the homecoming queen ('kidnaps' is not really the proper term as she really gets taken willingly) and he leads all the police in the county on a high speed chase. That's about it. This pieced together monstrosity will give many viewers a sense of dà (C)jà vu as it takes stock chase footage from "Grand Theft Auto," "Moving Violation," "Eat My Dust!," and "Thunder and Lightening" and haphazardly throws them between newly shot footage of our annoying characters trying to give 'exposition'. So basically we get 80 minutes of mindless chase sequences intermitted with unwatchable plot sequences with horrid acting and feeble comedy. The main high school character is a poor man's rip-off of the roles played by Ron Howard in his Corman productions and the comedy is just painful, with cartoon sound effects just making it bad enough to warrant the audience to vomit into their popcorn boxes. "Smokey Bites the Dust" is bad, god-awful. It's so god damn bad that it even makes "Smokey and the Bandit Part 3" look like a respectable sequel. It's a cluster fucked mess that insults redneck audiences that even like the southern good 'ol boy chase flicks. Do yourself a favor and re-watch "Smokey and the Bandit" or one of the four films this poorly sewn together non-effort pulls it's stock footage from. At least with those films you're guaranteed a complete film with no stolen footage. "Smokey Bites the Dust" was released in a wonderful DVD triple feature from Shout Factory! alongside "Georgia Peaches" and "The Great Texas Dynamite Chase". Out of all three films "Smokey Bites the Dust" is the only one given the poor "Pan & Scan" full screen treatment. If there was ever a film to deserve the full screen treatment... it's "Smokey Bites the Dust".

Eric Reifschneider
Eric Reifschneider

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