I was as surprised as other reviewers...the very first car crash (of many) seemed to be caused by a spilled beer can(?) but it was entertaining and engaging. Sid Haig had one of his best roles - at first, he seemed to be mugging like a low-rent Warren Oates but he actually ends up with a character arc!... Burstyn's entrance was straight out of 30s hollywood. Budget was so tight, Donlevy had to skip haircuts.
Icy cool and total hipness cred, Hill's demolition derby diorama is a morality tale with a dark heart, a sardonic look at macho male hubris wrapped around a racetrack yarn. The sinewy California surfer music, the iron glare of the antihero played to perfection by Davalos, the sophisticated greediness of Donlevy's character, the closeups of faces in torment over the dangers of their craft. One cool movie.
Gritty, fast-paced and action packed, “Pit Stop” has everything you expect from a classic racing film mixed with the rebellious counter-culture movement of the 60’s. The element of figure-eight racing was a unique addition to a ordinarily predictable storyline, while the main hero gives off enough of a James Dean-esque vibe while still maintaining his own originality. Overall, a film worthy of the description “cool.”
PIT STOP ended up not being the movie I expected, and a pleasant surprise to boot. I was expecting a standard exploitation film of the Corman school; what I actually got was clearly Jack Hill given free reign to direct the hell out of a stock car movie on his own terms, the result being far more redolent of a delightfully fucked-up low budget studio picture. PIT STOP is just kinked enough to be weirdly immortal.
Pit Stop is a story about the rise and fall of two racers built around a bizarre kind of race. The dialogue is choppy, the shots are sketchy, and the characters have almost no depth. Other than that this movie is pretty good if you like to watch racing and demolition derbies thrown together into one. Released in 1969, it really does capture the late 60’s racing though i'll give it that.
A fairly entertaining watch with a disappointingly simple plot. While this movie wasn't painful to sit through or difficult to follow, it seemed to lack significance. The viewer can easily tell what he/she should take away from this film; however, the conflict and resolution seemed way too oversimplified, providing it with little excitement and small importance. In addition, the ending was extremely disappointing.
This is a racing movie. A racing movie where the central theme is who is nuts enough, or desperate enough, to race cars on a figure eight-shaped track. As one imagines, such a setup guarantees results that more closely resemble a demolition derby than any sort of auto race. Actor Sig Haig has what may be one of the most bizarrely expressive faces on the silver screen, in a creepy way.
This was a fun movie to watch. With the films daring camera work and rather simple plot, it was interesting to see how a low budget B-movie such as this one would turn out. In all, it was a decent racing film that gave some insight into the hip and fun youth culture of the sixties. Coupled with the unexpected ending this film had to offer, it in no way was predictable or boring.
Jack Hill elevates this B-Movie racing genre with some wonderful camera work and some really top notch performances from his lead actors. (Sid Haig is particularly awesome here). There is a definite lull for about 10-15 minutes towards the end and could have been edited out. (Dune buggies in the desert, very 60's/70's). But what an UNEXPECTED and appropriate ending. Nice!
The alternative title of this film "The Winner", is a more accurate description of what this movie is about.Set in the world of stock car racing,or to be exact,figure of eight racing.It tells the story of an ambitious young man,who will use anybody and do anything to be the best.The plot line plays with our ideas of who is the hero and who is the villain. Whilst the action sequences thrillingly capture the mayhem.