Fast Company (1979 film)

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Fast Company
Theatrical Poster
Directed by David Cronenberg
Produced by Michael Lebowitz
Peter O'Brian
Phil Savath
Courtney Smith
Written by Story:
Alan Treen
David Cronenberg
Phil Savath
Courtney Smith
Starring William Smith
Claudia Jennings
John Saxon
Nicholas Campbell
Music by Fred Mollin
Cinematography Mark Irwin
Edited by Ronald Sanders
Distributed by Admit One Presentations
Danton Films
Release dates
18 March 1979
Running time
91 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Fast Company is a 1979 film by Canadian director David Cronenberg. It was written by Phil Savath, Courtney Smith, Alan Treen, and Cronenberg, and stars William Smith, John Saxon, Claudia Jennings, and Nicholas Campbell. The film was primarily filmed at Edmonton International Speedway, in addition to other locations in Edmonton, Alberta, and western Canada.


Fast Company is the story of a drag racer (Smith) and his villainous manager (Saxon). The first of his features for which Cronenberg did not originate the screenplay, Fast Company brought Cronenberg into contact with cinematographer Mark Irwin, art director Carol Spier, sound editor Bryan Day, and film editor Ronald Sanders, all of whom became regular crew members on his films. Actor Nicholas Campbell, who plays William Smith's young sidekick, also went on to appear in three more Cronenberg films, The Brood, The Dead Zone, and Naked Lunch.

Although Fast Company - an all-action, non-horror, non-psychological B-movie - remains an anomaly in Cronenberg's filmography, it has never lost its place in the affections of its director, who is an enthusiast of cars and their machinery ("which I get very metaphysical and boring about"[1]) and sometime racer.

This was the final film for Claudia Jennings before she was killed in a car accident later that year, several months after the film's release.[2]


Fast Company received generally positive reviews. It holds a 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 6.6/10.[3]


  1. Rodley, Chris, ed. (1992). Cronenberg on Cronenberg. p. 73. ISBN 9780394222707.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Fast Life/Untimely Death: Playmate Claudia Jennings: The E! True Hollywood Story". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-03-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Fast Company at Rotten Tomatoes

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