Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider



IMDb Rating 5.4 10 174

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March 22, 2022 at 08:03 AM



David Carradine as Charlie Swattle
Brenda Vaccaro as Grace Wolf
Terry Kiser as Lester Neal
L.Q. Jones as Floyd
908.5 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 38 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mark.waltz 3 / 10

Hurry, Charlie, Hurry.

This weak action comedy is lacking in laughs and chemistry between its stars, David Carradine and Brenda Vaccaro, a bit of formula that steals from a variety of genres and comes off smelling like second hand fumes. It's another case of man meets woman, woman hates man but follows him anyway, falls in love with him and then sticks around in spite of the fact that he's a shyster. Set after the end of World War I, this deals with a motorcycle race, and how Carradine gets the single mom Vaccaro and her son tagging along with him. He tries to get away on a number of occasions but she seems to know how to stop him.

Every year in film, there are over a hundred films that seem doomed to become dusty VHS tapes or never transfered to DVD. Not sure if this is one of those, but it seems to be working on a dime store budget, grainy and flat, showing that acting with feistiness or involved in seemingly wacky situations doesn't mean that the situation is actually funny. You can't even really enjoy the location outdoor footage because there's no sense of depth in the camera movement. When you don't really care if the leading characters come out the winners, you know you've found a loser.

Reviewed by Woodyanders 8 / 10

Entertaining slice of 70's drive-in fluff

The early 1920's. Rascally World War I deserter and con man Charlie Swattle (a sturdy and likeable performance by David Carradine) participates in a tough and dangerous cross country motorcycle race. Feisty waitress and single mother Grace Wolf (a fine and appealing portrayal by Brenda Vaccaro) helps out and winds up falling in love with Charlie.

Director Steve Carver relates the enjoyable story at a brisk pace, offers a flavorsome evocation of the period setting and rural environment, maintains an amiable easy'n'breezy tone throughout, and stages the rousing race scenes with aplomb. The excellent cast of familiar faces helps a lot: L. Q. Jones as the cantankerous Floyd, R. G. Armstrong as the equally huffy Al Barber, Terry Kiser as stammering screwball mechanic Lester Neal, Jesse Vint as cocky no-count rival Calvin Hawk, and Noble Willingham as hearty, but corrupt race sponsor Pop Bauer. A nice little movie.

Reviewed by lightninboy 7 / 10

Vintage motorcycle movie

David Carradine plays Fast Charlie Swattle, a motorcycle racer and kind of a con man. He tells everyone he's a World War I hero, but he's not. The race ran to California from Missouri or somewhere and was an important race for a motorcycle manufacturer to win. Fast Charlie rides a Moonbeam made by Pop Bauer in Moonbeam, Oklahoma. He gets somebody out of a jail by enticing the cop with a Model T Ford American Graffiti-style. Brenda Vaccaro plays Grace Wolf, a woman he discourages from marrying "Howard Hardware Store." Names in this movie include L.Q. Jones, R.G. Armstrong, Jesse Vint and Noble Willingham. Pretty good recreation of the early 1900s.

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