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Heart Like a Wheel

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Plot & Details

Heart Like a Wheel stars Bonnie Bedelia as real-life racing champion Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney. Overcoming sexist hurdles, Shirley works hard to qualify for the major auto race competitions of America. Firmly in her cheering section is her dad (Hoyt Axton), and--at least at first--her husband, mechanic Jack Muldowney (Leo Rossi). When Jack, jealous of Shirley's success, leaves her, she casts her lot with troublesome banned racer Connie Kalita (Beau Bridges). The film comes to a head at the 1966 National Hot Rod Association World Championship, which Shirley eventually wins three times.


Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design William Theiss Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1983 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Bonnie Bedelia Nominated

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