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The Big Wheel
The Big Wheel
Actors: Mickey Rooney, Thomas Mitchell, Mary Hatcher, Michael O'Shea, Spring Byington
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
NR     2000     1hr 32min

Restless and reckless, Mickey Rooney is "The Big Wheel!" All grown up, Rooney stars as Billy Coy, the son of a famous Indianapolis 500 race car driver who died in a fiery crash in the last laps of the race. Always living i...  more »


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Actors: Mickey Rooney, Thomas Mitchell, Mary Hatcher, Michael O'Shea, Spring Byington
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Classic Comedies, Drama, Comedy, Family Films
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 09/26/2000
Original Release Date: 11/04/1949
Theatrical Release Date: 11/04/1949
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Those were the days!
skinnyrobbie | NC, USA | 08/20/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This collection will mainly appeal to fans of the genre of late 50's, juvenile delinquent flicks with a bent for fast cars and kids who are just out for kicks.Mind you, these are not high quality digital remasters or anything like that, but at least the fragile condition of these films is explained in the disc's opening. I can live with that (although I'd gladly pay for pristine copies of any films from this camp...) The worst print of the lot is "Hot Rod Girl", which has what appears to be drop-out lines heavily in the first 10 minutes which are not present in the Goodtimes VHS print. Regardless, I was happy to replace that horrid tape version with this superior DVD edition. The other two films, "The Big Wheel" and "The Fast and the Furious", look fine as can be expected. I can understand the difficulty in obtaining good prints of such old drive-in flicks, but it was very disappointing that neither trailers nor poster art could have been dug up, since I know for a fact they are out there. I have to assume these were put together from 16mm TV prints, so another diappointment is the full-screen format. (sigh)Usually, these budget compilations are abominable quality and I am happy to say that these are at least watchable and there are no technical distractions. The movies are great and the price is right."
1 great movie & 2 good ones!
Robert M. Bratcher Jr. | Houston, Texas USA | 02/07/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The Big Wheel is the best of the 3. Good acting by all the stars & plenty of that edge of your seat exciting auto racing! Bought this disc because of this movie as I like Mickey Rooney and he was very good in this role.Hot Rod Girl is part drag racing part teanage JD movie. It was interesting to watch. Decent acting by all.Fast And The Furious is the Roger Corman 1954 original about a man who breaks out of jail then joins a race to Mexico in order to not get caught by the police.All 3 movies are in black & white and seem to come from 16mm sources. Expect mono sound and some scratches and occasional splices which are very normal for older film prints.Sound is very good on this DVD but the picture looks slightly soft (like VHS does) due to the compression needed to fit 3 movies on one disc. Still I enjoyed watching this disc and I'm sure you will to if your a racing fan as I am."
The Big Wheel gets the Green Light!
Rae73 | Sydney, NSW Australia | 03/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Big Wheel" is a must see for all racing fans. This classic story of a son living up to his fathers name and reputation is as relevant today as it was in the Forties.Mickey Rooney gives a fine performance in his own imitable style aided by a strong support cast including Thomas Mitchell, Michael O'shea and Mary Hatcher and starring the legendary Indianapolis Raceway as the backdrop. Even if you aren't a race fan you'll enjoy the classic racing footage that'll have you on the edge of your seat.5 cheers for "The Big Wheel"."
Cars, Cars, Cars
Henry Alfaro | United States | 03/31/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The other reviewers focus on this DVD's technical aspects. If you were raised on over-the-air B/W TV, as I was, these films look fine. Hey, you can pause on any frame and there are no "commercial breaks."

This compliation provides many interesting historical insights. Of particular interest are the productions, the cast, and most of all, the cars.

Scene after scene is filled with vintage cars in action. The technical aspects and actors take a "back seat" to the cars. Anyone with an interest in vintage British Sports, Indy, or Hot Rod cars will find this compliation well worth the small price of admission."