Pit Stop 1969

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Richard Davalos (East of Eden) stars as Rick Bowman, a street punk who winds up in jail after a street race goes wrong. Bailed out by race promoter Grant Willard, Davalos is put in the deadly track where he comes up against Haig s maniacal winner Hawk Sidney. Featuring an outstanding supporting cast including Brian Donlevy (The Quatermass Xperiment) in his last film appearance, Ellen Burstyn, billed as Ellen McRae (The Exorcist) and Beverly Washburn (Spider Baby) Pit Stop is one of Hill s lesser known films but arguably his greatest.

Starring:
Richard Davalos, Ellen Burstyn
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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Richard Davalos, Ellen Burstyn, Brian Donlevy
Director Jack Hill
Genres Drama
Studio Arrow Films
Rental release 7 April 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Richard Davalos, Ellen Burstyn, Brian Donlevy
Director Jack Hill
Genres Drama
Studio Arrow Films
Rental release 7 April 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Other Formats

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ArrowMania! on 20 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Pit Stop. It has been classed as Jack Hill's crown jewel film, i agree with that one hundred percent. Pit Stop A.K.A. The Winner is a film revolving around figure eight racing, well thats half the plot. The film has action, drama and in a way romance, it is a super tough, super cool firm, and is extremely underrated. It comes in an brilliant package as well. It comes with a reversible cover for the blu ray itself, a booklet about the Film Pit stop and a sort-of postcard with other films on it. The restoration Arrow Video has done with it is outstanding, if you are a fan of Arrow Video, or slick, cool racing films, then i recommend this film 100%, with out a doubt my favourite Jack Hill film and my favourite Arrow Video so far! Well done Arrow, you did it again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Troy F. on 12 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I was familiar with Jack Hill (loved Spider Baby) and had read about this film. Looked for it and found it nowhere. Saw the trailer for it on YouTube and really wanted to see it. So when I found out Arrow (I love this company!) was releasing this film I had to order it as a blind purchase (which I rarely do).

What's the verdict? Well, I really liked the movie and found it as good in production and acting as Spider Baby (if not a little better). It wasn't as quirky but it was a really good low-budget racing film using REAL figure 8 racing footage, which is quite exciting. And the print looks really good considering how old and rare this film seems to be.

I was surprised to see Brian Donlevy and later learned this to be his last movie. I liked the characters and also the theme that winning for some is everything (and Washburn was especially cute and sexy). I haven't agreed with all of Hill's films but this was a fine little movie, in my opinion. So if you looking for a well made drive-in movie about figure 8 racing, give this one a try.

Extras on the disc are fine too:
Commentary with Hill and biographer Calum Waddell
Featurettes about the making of the movie with Hill and Haig
Corman talks briefly how Pit Stop got made

I was very happy with this release by Arrow and eagerly await further releases by them.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Excellent restoration from Arrow, my favorite cult Bluray distribution company; you feel cool just holding their products in your hands. This film is a gem -- everything I wanted it to be: fist fights, epic car races, beautiful girls and rock 'n' roll.
Barring a few scenes where they only had severely damaged material to work with, Arrow have done an amazing job with the restoration, and the Bluray is packed full of extras. Buy it now!
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