Heart Like a Wheel

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Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport

Year : 1983

Cast overview: 
Jesse Aragon .... Carlos
Bonnie Bedelia .... Shirley Muldowney
Beau Bridges .... Connie Kalitta
Bruce Barlow .... Bass Player, Tex’s Band
Leo Rossi .... Jack Muldowney
Anthony Edwards .... John Muldowney (age 15-23)
Hoyt Axton .... Tex Roque
Paul Bartel .... Chef Paul
Missy Basile .... Angela
Creed Bratton .... Photographer
Tiffany Brissette .... Little Shirley
Paul Bryar .... Matt, Card Player
James Burton .... Guitar Player, Tex’s Band
Martin Casella .... Repoter #1
Michael Cavanaugh .... NHRA Boss

Heart Like a Wheel stars Bonnie Bedelia as real-life racing champion Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney.

Overcoming sexist hurdles, Shirley works hard to qualify for the major auto race competitions of America. Firmly in her cheering section is her dad (Hoyt Axton), and—at least at first—her husband, mechanic Jack Muldowney (Leo Rossi). When Jack, jealous of Shirley’s success, leaves her, she casts her lot with troublesome banned racer Connie Kalita (Beau Bridges).

The film comes to a head at the 1966 National Hot Rod Association World Championship, which Shirley eventually wins three times.


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