Stroker Ace (1983)

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Burt Reynolds plays an arrogant, womanizing and mischievous Southern race-car driver in this fast-paced comedy that is rife with good ol' redneck humor. When not driving, he enjoys raising the hackles of his boss, fried chicken magnate Clyde Torkle, and ogling at his biggest and bustiest fan.
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PG
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Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Cast

Burt Reynolds
as Stroker Ace
Cassandra Peterson
as Girl with Lugs
Ned Beatty
as Clyde
Bubba Smith
as Arnold
Loni Anderson
as Pembrook
Warren Stevens
as Jim Catty
Cary Guffey
as Little Doc
Alfie Wise
as Charlie
Parker Stevenson
as Aubrey James
John Byner
as Doc Seegle
Kevin McCorkle
as Customer
Terry Beaver
as Director
Jim Nabors
as Lugs
Ken Squier
as Announcer
Bruce Hunter
as Little Ace
Cale Yarborough
as Nascar Driver
James C. Lewis
as Crew Chief
Wallace Merck
as Redneck
Ricky Rudd
as Nascar Driver
Kyle Petty
as Nascar Driver
Tim Richmond
as Nascar Driver
Jimmy Lewis
as Crew Chief
Frank O. Hill
as Dad Seegle
Debbie Casperson
as Miss Leonard Fuel
Donna Fowler
as Reporter
Benny Parsons
as NASCAR Driver
Valerie Mitchell
as Miss Winston
Terry Labonte
as Nascar Driver
David Hobbs
as Announcer
Harry A. Gant
as Nascar Driver
Linda Vaughn
as Miss Hurst Shifter
Chris Economaki
as Announcer
Dale Earnhardt Sr.
as Nascar Driver
Madonna Christian
as Girl in Bar
Terri Ann Bantle
as Autograph Seeker
Neil Bonnett
as Nascar Driver
Bill Connell
as Announcer
Bill Dollar
as Announcer
Harold Kinder
as Flagman
Ernie Moore
as Flagman
Bill Brodrick
as Winner's Circle Coordinator
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Critic Reviews for Stroker Ace

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

Burt Reynolds used to make movies about people's lifestyles. Now he seems more interested in making movies that fit in with his own lifestyle.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's a witless retread of the earlier, far funnier road-movie collaborations of Mr. Needham and Mr. Reynolds.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Burt Reynolds hits new lows as he mugs his way through this film.

Full Review… | July 16, 2008
TV Guide

A zany cornpone comedy that made me laugh. So sue me.

January 27, 2006
Fantastica Daily

Burt turned down "Tems of Endearment' to do this one. At least he met Loni.

January 8, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Burt and Ned should be ashaimed of themselves.

December 20, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

Audience Reviews for Stroker Ace

½

In the middle of the 'Cannonball Run' franchise (between 1 and 2), after 'Hooper', and towards the end of the 'Smokey and the Bandit' franchise (before the third), Needham and Reynolds teamed up again with this effort. Easily the weirdest movie title I've come across for some time, it sounds like a porn flick, funny thing is its actually the main characters name. So the fact this is a Hal Needham movie, you can guess its gonna be about fast cars. Yep, fast cars, Burt Reynolds, some blonde eye candy and crashes, business as usual. This time Reynolds is actually a genuine race car driver on the NASCAR circuit...instead of the regular dashing cowboy. But this being a Reynolds character, this race car driver is of course arrogant, flashy and carefree of virtually everything around him, your basic narcissistic Reynolds character. Sounds good huh, well let me ice your balls down a tad. So Ace loses his sponsor by generally being an asshole, so he has to find another. Along comes Torkel (Ned Beatty) who runs a fast food chicken franchise offering Ace a deal, did I forget to mention Torkel's director of marketing and public relations is the blonde bombshell Loni Anderson? Well that pretty much explains why Ace accepts the deal without reading shit. He then spends the entire movie (along with his mechanic Jim Nabors) trying to get out of this bad deal which sees him opening fast food joints and dressing up in a chicken suit. Yes that is in fact the whole plot in a nutshell, and yes you're right, it is extremely thin on the ground. This really does come across as a lame attempt to squeeze another fast car flick out of Reynolds by either Needham or Warner Bros. I mean seriously, the aim of the movie is for Ace and co the try and get fired by Torkel, so they don't have to do the stupid things they agreed to do by the contract. At times this does include some racing which is filmed at the famous locations of...Charlotte Motor Speedway, Talladega Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. Now this might sound impressive but it isn't really as much of what we see is stock footage (clearly), and the sequences filmed for the movie are obviously done so in front of sets and small crowds. The racing segments are too damn obvious, clearly racing at a slow speed and clearly not in any real danger of anything despite what the plot wants you to think. Sure Reynolds does appear to be behind the wheel of a real moving car as we've seen in his other car flicks, but there is zero tension or thrills here, nothing to engage you at all. To top that you don't really see much racing either, a few minutes of car footage, some refueling, some wheel spins, some cars grouping bumper to bumper (at slow speeds), that's it. Its then a quick cut to the finish where Reynolds generally wins if he hasn't been beaten by his incredibly cliched young, good looking, blonde, male rival. Every racing flick protagonist has to have an arch rival antagonist who's usually blonde and younger, or the same age. When Ace isn't racing he's doing these promotions for Torkel's chicken franchise. Obviously these things aren't suppose to be genuinely funny or of high quality, they are suppose to be hokey and embarrassing for Ace, but its embarrassing to watch! There is literately nothing remotely interesting to see in these scenes, its not funny, its not clever, Loni Anderson in skimpy attire doesn't make it any better (well...) and Jim Nabors ISN'T funny dagnabbit!! At the same time Beatty as Torkel is a quite disgustingly stereotypical southern hick type who really made me not want to visit the American south. His chauffeur is played by Bubba Smith...but I don't know why because he does nothing accept lift a car up when a jack breaks. That's the sole reason why they cast the guy, for that one visual strength gag, good grief! Yeah so spoiler alert (who cares!), in the end they manage to trick their way out of Torkel's dastardly contract, with the help of Feeny (Anderson) who of course falls for Ace during the run time. Did anyone really NOT see Loni Anderson's character failing to fall for Reynolds slimy charms? You know what's gonna happen in this movie from watching the first five minutes, and no I can't overlook that. Thing is, what Ace and co do to break the contract, isn't that deception and kinda illegal? pretty sure you can't pretend to be a big company and pretend to offer to buy someone out. Yeah so if you like Needham's rollicking stunt flicks then look elsewhere, there is none of that here. This is a weak entry and offers no excitement at all from either the racing or the characters. The only plus points I can think of, that some folks might like here, is the historic car porn on display and the casting of various famous NASCAR drivers (none of whom I have any clue about).

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

This movie was made when Bert Reynolds popularity was starting to slide. It's a movie about Stock Car Racing. It's an excuse to use stock footage of real Stock Car Races. Stock Car Racing wasn't as popular as it is now but did have a loyal fan base. It's a comedy with Burt Reynolds and Jim Nabors acting silly. Jim Nabors plays a character similar to Gomer Pyle, just a little smarter and is more of the straight man. He's the head mechanic on Stroker Ace's race car team. Burt plays Stroker Ace, a womanizing, self centered race car driver. Burt married Loni Anderson after the movie was made. She plays his love interest in the movie. She was young and super hot at the time and still doing "WKRP in Cincinnati". The whole story is about Stroker Ace trying to get out of a sponsor's contract because he has to do things that are beneath him. The sponsor is the owner of a chain of fast food chicken restaurants. Ned Beatty plays the sponsor. I got it in a three disk package with Hooper and Sharky's Machine. I was trying to buy just Sharky's Machine but they shipped me the Triple Feature. I think all these movies are coming out on Blue Ray soon and the original DVD's are getting hard to find but the Triple Feature package is still available.

Donald White
Donald White

Not a good movie. Not at all. Sorry Burt and Hal, but the magic is gone.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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