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|Directed by||Leonard Horn|
|Written by||Eugene Price|
|Produced by||Bruce Geller|
|Cinematography||David M. Walsh|
|Edited by||Hugh S. Fowler|
Albert P. Wilson
|Music by||John Carl Parker (as John Parker)|
|March 15, 1972|
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.
- Robert Blake as Corky Curtiss
- Charlotte Rampling as Peggy Jo Curtiss
- Patrick O'Neal as Randy Dover
- Christopher Connelly as Billy
- Pamela Payton-Wright as Rhonda
- Ben Johnson as Boland
- Laurence Luckinbill as Wayne Nesbitt
- Paul Stevens as Tobin Hayes
- Bobby Allison as Himself
- Donnie Allison as Himself
- Buddy Baker as Himself
- Richard Petty as Himself
- Cale Yarborough as Himself
- Charlie Briggs as Red
- Jack Garner as Driver
- Lulu Roman as Sue
- John Marriott as Junkman
- Glen Wood as Himself
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.
- "Corky (1972)". TCM.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
- 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.
- 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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