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Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry is a 1974 American film starring Peter Fonda and Susan George.

NASCAR driver hopeful Larry Rayder (Fonda) and his mechanic Deke Sommers successfully pull off a heist to finance their jump into big-time auto racing. In making their escape, they are confronted by Larry's one-night stand, Mary Coombs (George), who coerces them to take her along for the ride.


This film features examples of:

  • Badass Driver: Larry. He hopes to get into NASCAR, after all, and pulls quite the stunts while being chased by Captain Franklin. Too bad about the train at the end, though.
  • Cool Car: Larry and Deke's souped-up 1966 Chevrolet Impala. Then they later ditch the Impala for the film's best-remembered car, a lime green 1969 Dodge Charger R/T 440. Both cars are able to easily outrun Captain Franklin's patrols.
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  • Reality Has No Soundtrack: Apart from the credits theme and a small amount of music heard over the radio, the film contains no incidental music.
  • The Sheriff: Captain Everett Franklin, who in his pursuit of Larry and company comes off as a (slightly) more serious Buford T. Justice.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: At the end of the film, Larry and company apear to have beaten the police, only to meet their end when they randomly collide with a freight train.

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