Heart Like a Wheel Movie Review Summary

Actors: Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges

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1950s American housewife Shirley Muldowney (Bedelia) wants to race cars professionally. Her mechanic husband Jack and their son John (Anthony Edwards) are supportive, but the sport is 100% male.
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Despite sexist opposition, she gains experience at lower levels. In 1966, she seeks a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) license, but she needs three signatures from established drivers. Connie Kalita (Bridges), after making an unsuccessful pass at her, and two others endorse her. Her ambition costs her her marriage, but she and Connie become lovers. Later, she breaks up with him because of his cheating. She eventually becomes the first two-time NHRA world champion, male or female.
Best part of story, including ending: It's based on a true story, and the subject is interesting.

Best scene in story: When Connie first hits on Shirley, he's only momentarily fazed when she produces her son and husband.

Opinion about the main character: Her determination in the face of opposition from nearly all sides.

The review of this Movie prepared by J. Lee a Level 10 Peregrine Falcon scholar

Script Analysis of Heart Like a Wheel

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   women's rights Kind of sports story:    -   auto racing Sports story?    -   Yes Story of girl(s) doing boy sport?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   athlete Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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