Thursday, December 22, 2016

King of the Mountain (1981)

Universal Pictures
Directed by Noel Nosseck
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Harry Hamlin is the "king" of illegal street racing on the twisting Mulholland Drive in the hills near LA. His best friend, who arranges the betting for the races, is also an aspiring songwriter. Hamlin starts a relationship with pretty singer Deborah Van Valkenburgh (the daughter on TV's Too Close for Comfort), which conflicts with his racing. Even after his songwriter friend is killed in a race, he won't give it up. Meanwhile, crazed garage mechanic Dennis Hopper is eager to take the throne, leading to their climactic race. Hopper is a detriment here, his character totally over the top for no justifiable reason. The melodrama between Hamlin and Van Valkenburgh doesn't help much either. However, there is some good racing footage, if that is your thing.

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