Then Stroker Ace might be the movie for you!
I went on a kick where I read books that had been turned into movies and then I watched the movie to see the differences. I thought this would make me a better person.
It did not.
What happened instead was that I read Deliverance and somewhere around that time I found out that William Neely and Robert K. Ottum had written a book in 1971 titled Stand On It. Someone, probably Hank Moonjean, decided it would make an excellent vehicle (no pun intended) for Burt Reynolds.
The producers had me at Burt Reynolds. Hal Needham directing was just like icing on the cake.
Stroker Ace (1984)
PG, Film, 96 Minutes
Dir: Hal Needham
Synopsis: Burt Reynolds is Stroker Ace. Stroker drives a race car and tries to convince Loni Anderson to take her clothes off. Ned Beatty is the bad guy who tries to profit from Stroker's success.
Yeah... hard to find one.
Burt Reynolds is really obnoxious and unlikable in this movie.
Hal Needham. I am a big fan of Hal's work. Not because it is good, mind you, but because it was plentiful while I was growing up. Stroker Ace is not one of his finest hours.
Would I recommend this film? No. While it is a terrible guilty pleasure that I occasionally watch.. I would never advise anyone to do this same. It is a terrible movie that destroyed Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham.
I have proof of the last statement.
Burt Reynolds turned down the role of astronaut Garrett Breedlove in Terms of Endearment to do this film. The role went to Jack Nicholson, who went on to win an Academy Award. Reynolds said he made this decision because "I felt I owed Hal more than I owed Jim" but that it was a turning point in his career from which he never recovered. "That's where I lost them," he says of his fans.
The film was both a commercial and critical bomb. It received five Golden Raspberry Award nominations including Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Actress (Anderson) and Worst New Star (also for Anderson), winning one for Jim Nabors as Worst Supporting Actor.