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Corky (film)

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Film poster
Directed byLeonard Horn
Written byEugene Price
Produced byBruce Geller
StarringRobert Blake
Charlotte Rampling
Patrick O'Neal
Cale Yarborough
Bobby Allison
Donnie Allison
Buddy Baker
Richard Petty
CinematographyDavid M. Walsh
Edited byHugh S. Fowler
Albert P. Wilson
Music byJohn Carl Parker (as John Parker)
Jerry Styner
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
March 15, 1972 (1972-03-15TUSA)[1]
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States

Corky is a 1972 American drama film starring Robert Blake and directed by Leonard Horn.[2]


Corky Curtiss is a Texas race-car mechanic obsessed with the sport. He is permitted to drive in local races on weekends, but boss Randy Dover replaces him with another driver because of his costly reckless ways.

With little money to support wife Peggy Jo and two kids, Corky needs his job but can't control his resentment. He enters a race on a figure-eight track and deliberately causes a crash that sends replacement driver Steve to the hospital. A furious Randy fires Corky from his mechanic's job.

Corky abandons his wife and heads for Georgia in his pink Plymouth Barracuda with a friend, Billy. He enters and wins a small race along the way, but drinks and gambles away the prize money at a roadhouse.

A sympathetic Randy realizes that Peggy Jo has been left with no money and prospects, so he gives her Corky's back wages plus a job. She also finds a second job and takes classes trying to earn a high-school diploma.

By the time Corky reaches Atlanta, he is almost dead broke and is not given a chance to drive at the speedway. Selling his tires, Corky picks a fight with a junkyard owner who sics attack dogs on him. He also insults passersby who offer assistance to his disabled vehicle. Billy objects to his behavior, then leaves with the strangers when Corky punches him.

Back home in Texas, penniless and despondent, Corky realizes that his wife has begun working for Randy and accuses her of having an affair. He goes to the garage with a gun and shoots a couple of Randy's mechanics. Trying to flee from police, the pink car bursts into flames with Corky inside. His last thoughts are fantasies of being a famous race driver.



Producer Bruce Geller was so upset at post-production changes made to the film by MGM management that he asked for his name to be taken off the film. This was refused.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Corky (1972)". Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  2. ^ Sandra Brennan. "Corky". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  3. ^ Warga, Wayne (Dec 26, 1971). "What's Going On in the Lion's Den at MGM?: What's Going On". Los Angeles Times. p. q1.
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