Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider

Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider is a 1979 comedy film starring David Carradine and Brenda Vaccaro and directed by Steve Carver.[2]

Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider
1979 Promotional poster
Directed bySteve Carver
Produced byRoger Corman
Saul Krugman
Written byEd Spielman
Howard Friedlander
Screenplay byMichael Gleason
StarringDavid Carradine
Brenda Vaccaro
L.Q. Jones
R.G. Armstrong
Terry Kiser
Jesse Vint
Noble Willingham
Ralph James
Bill Bartman
David Hayward II
Music byStu Phillips
CinematographyWilliam Birch
Edited byEric Orner
Tony Redman
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
Release date
  • May 1, 1979 (1979-05-01)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$444,334.00[1]


During the 1920s, a World War I veteran Charlie wants to be the first person to win a transnational motorcycle race. He asks for help from his former comrades although they fear he was a deserter.

Charlie picks up a woman and her son, leading to adventure and romance as he continues in the race.



The film was originally written for Steve McQueen.[3]

Vaccaro was forced to make the movie under her contract with Universal. "I never would have done it otherwise" she said although she later said doing the movie was "great fun".[4]

Filming took place in July and August 1977 in Oklahoma.


  1. Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider (1979) - Box Office Mojo
  2. Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider (1979) - IMDb
  3. Taylor, Tadhg (Oct 14, 2015). Masters of the Shoot-'Em-Up: Conversations with Directors, Actors and Writers of Vintage Action Movies and Television Shows. McFarland. p. 65. ISBN 9780786494064.
  4. Mills, N. (1978, Jun 04). Honest, gutsy, and 38--that's vaccaro. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current File) Retrieved from

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