CANNON MONTH 2: Fast Lane Fever (1982)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Fast Lane Fever was not produced by Cannon but was theatrically distributed by Cannon Releasing Corporation.

Also known as Running On Empty, this Australian film is all about two steelworkers named Mike (Terry Serio, who was in the band The Elks) and Tony (John Agius) who dream of racing and the Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III they drive and keep in one piece.

Fox (Richard Moir) is a street racer with his own gang and a problem: no one wants to race him after the last challenge ended up with his opponent dead by car-assisted rage suicide. But Fox is smart; he knows that he can get Mike to race by telling him he can have his girl Julie (Deborah Conway, singer for the band Do Re Mi) and maybe even his Dodge Challenger if he wins.

Director John Clark came up with the idea for this movie and even wrote its songs. He didn’t make anything else until 1992’s Kideo. Scriptwriter Barry Tomblin helped him get the story on screen.

Somehow, this Ozploitation film combines a new wave look with the 50s racing movies of the past — I do so love a good car gang — and it’s a lot of fun. Here’s to Cannon for bringing to America.

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