Heart like a Wheel
Heart like a Wheel (1983)

In this drama based on a true story, a female race-car driver battles convention to become a national hot-rod champion. Her struggles with the racing world's sexism and the increasing jealousy of her pit-mechanic husband are alternated… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 1, 1983
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Heart Like a Wheel goes a little spongy by failing to let the protagonist force enough of the action... A charismatic leading performance remains this film's tantalizing intangible - it might have put a good movie over the top emotionally.

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Emanuel Levy

This charming movie further expanded the roles allotted to women, chronicling the career of Muldowney (splendidly played by Bonnie Badelia), the only race driver (male or female) to have won three times the National Hot Rod Association World Championship

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality & Practice

A spunky, well-crafted movie about the first woman to succeed in big-time drag racing

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

Heart is an often enthralling film of determination, heartbreak and triumph.

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Chuck O'Leary

A solid entry in the overcoming-great-odds-to-become-a-champion biopic.

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Susan Jhirad

It manages without sentimentality or overstatement to tell a true story of liberation.

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Kevin A. Ranson

... and there STILL ain't many girls in NASCAR.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
bonnie bedelia is always good but not usually given parts worthy of her talent, this one is however and she delivers an outstanding performance.
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