1990 action drama starring TomCruise as Cole Trickle, a race car driver who enters the world of {{NASCAR}}. His attitude gets him into trouble with not only other drivers, but his own team as well. Directed by Creator/TonyScott, the film co-stars Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes, and Cruise's future ex-wife, NicoleKidman.
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!!These tropes seen in this film include:
* ArcWords: Harry's "I'll RACE your ass!"
* BadassDriver: Goes with the territory.
* CarPorn: As befitting a movie about NASCAR.
* {{Defictionalisation}}:
** Kyle Busch being nicknamed 'Rowdy' Busch as a nod to the movie. The name has stuck.
** Bobby Hamilton actually made his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut as a result of the movie. He was hired to drive the Rowdy Burns racecar, even qualifying the non-competitive car in fifth at Phoenix in 1989.
* FairCop: Subverted in that [[spoiler: she wasn't really a cop]]
* GretzkyHasTheBall: Despite the official cooperation of NASCAR and several race teams, the movie still has some howling inaccuracies. Real-life racing legend Richard Petty once said, when asked how similar the NASCAR racing of this movie was to real-life racing, "The cars have numbers on them, and they go fast. That's about it."
* HonestCorporateExecutive: Big John, high-ranking NASCAR official basically implied to be the head of the organization, who takes a SeriousBusiness view towards Cole's and Rowdy's unpredictability and tells them to cut it out. The fact that he's played by FredDaltonThompson helps in making him come across as a ''{{Badass}}'' Corporate Executive.
* HospitalHottie: Nicole Kidman in a lab coat. Enough said.
* TheMentor: Harry to Cole.
* OddCouple: Young hotshot driver Cole and jaded veteran crew chief Harry.
* ProductPlacement: All over the place in terms of sponsorships. As the movie is about {{NASCAR}}, this could also be fairly construed as TruthInTelevision.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: "Cole Trickle" was derided by some critics as too much of a stereotype NASCAR sounding name. Except that the name is a ShoutOut to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Trickle Dick Trickle]].
* RivalsTeamUp: Cole and Rowdy, by the end.
* SpiritualSuccessor: TomCruise controls (pilots) an [[Film/TopGun extremely fast piece of machinery]], deals with a [[HeroicBSOD crisis]] about 2/3's of the way in following a traumatic accident involving a friend, only to come out of it at the end and win the heart of his [[UptownGirl higher-class love interest.]] All with a power ballad soundtrack.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: In one race, Cole is pulling in for a pit stop, when another car pulls out in front of him. Swerving to miss the other car causes Cole to skid out of control such that he's heading for the pit's wall at (by pit-stop standards) a high speed, to which Cole remarks "Uh-oh, this is gonna hurt."
* {{Understatement}}: "You boys are late."-Big John [[BlatantLies "We, uh, had, car trouble."]]-Rowdy
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Cole Trickle was based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Richmond Tim Richmond]] and crew chief Harry Hogge on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Hyde Harry Hyde]]. Richmond being a former {{Indycar}} driver and an upstart outsider who started winning when paired with a gruff veteran engineer.