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August 27, 2013

New movie depicts fierce drag racing rivalry

Opens in conjunction with U.S. Nationals

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AVON —

She credits editor Richard Halsey for that. He won an Academy Award for his work on “Rocky.”

“If you want an editor for an inspirational film set against a sport, that’s the guy,” Broidy said. “He did a brilliant job.”

Indianapolis is depicted in the movie during three time periods: the 1965, ‘70, and ‘78 U.S. Nationals. If you stay until the end of the closing credits, you’ll see about four minutes of footage of the real Snake and Mongoo$e from their racing days. In fact the thread throughout the film is McEwen’s desire to win at Indy. The ‘78 U.S. Nationals is considered by many to be the greatest race ever in that series.

“Indy plays a pretty prominent role in the film,” said Broidy. She adds that you don’t have to be a drag racing fan to enjoy “Snake & Mongoo$e,” however.

“This story goes beyond drag racing into the lives and hearts and issues of husbands and wives, children and fathers, what happens when you’re on the road,” she said. “People find it very moving.”

“Snake & Mongoo$e” has already opened in Reno and Detroit, in conjunction with major car festivals there. It will open in wider release on Sept. 6.

After that, “We’ll see how it goes,” Broidy said. “If the reception is as we hope and expect, we’ll continue opening in more markets.”

“Snake & Mongoo$e” is rated PG-13 for mild language.

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