PIT STOP (50th Anniversary!)

Jack Hill, USA, 1968, Arrow Films

“Though there have been many films about racing, it is safe to say that there has never been before or since a film like PIT STOP.” -- Michael Den Boer, 10K Bullets

A slam-bang crash-o-rama -- a peek into the deadly subculture of “figure-8 racing” beautifully and effortlessly directed by Corman-era exploitation master Jack Hill (SPIDER BABY, THE SWINGING CHEERLEADERS, COFFY, FOXY BROWN.)

Richard Davalos (EAST OF EDEN) stars as a greaser who winds up in jail after a street race gone wrong. Bailed out by a veteran race promoter, Davalos is put on the deadly “figure-8” racing circuit where he comes up against a maniacal serial winner (a deliciously over-the-top Sid Haig.) Equal parts hi-octane race documentary and deeply-rendered character study, PIT STOP is arguably Hill’s greatest artistic achievement. No CGI here; every terrifying high-speed impact is felt for real. An outstanding supporting cast including Brian Donlevy (THE GREAT MCGINTY), Ellen Burstyn (THE EXORCIST) and Beverly Washburn (SPIDER BABY) round out this nearly-lost miracle of low-budget thrills.

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Details

  • 92 mins
  • B/W
  • 1.85:1

Formats

  • DCP
  • Blu-ray

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