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Blink of an Eye (2019)

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Based on the New York Times bestselling book, "BLINK OF AN EYE," focuses on Michael Waltrip and his star-crossed friendship with the iconic driver, Dale Earnhardt Sr. Over 462 races, Waltrip failed to notch a single win, the longest losing streak in NASCAR, and maybe in all professional sports, when he joined Earnhardt's race team for the 2001 Daytona 500. On the last lap of the "Great American Race," Waltrip held the lead with Earnhardt Jr. in second and "Sr." in third. Instead of making his trademark, ruthless charge to the front, Earnhardt Sr. blocked the field of 40 cars to allow his friend to take his first checkered flag. Waltrip never had the opportunity to celebrate with Earnhardt Sr., as the legend was killed on that last lap in what was initially thought to be a minor crash. Later, Waltrip would pay homage to "Sr." on his return to Daytona in dramatic, unexpected fashion.The film features interviews with Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. along with Ty Norris, the former Executive Vice President of Motorsports for Dale Earnhardt Inc., and NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Richard Childress, and includes a special audio cameo by country music star, Trace Adkins.

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As a feature-length rumination on such a devastating sports tragedy, the themes of hope, loss, family, and friendship are all there under the headline, but Blink of an Eye is too narrow to explore them.

September 6, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Taublieb's approach is straightforward, but also a little pedestrian.

September 5, 2019 | Full Review…

A solidly assembled documentary portrait by sports filmmaker Paul Taublieb.

September 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The pic will naturally hold its biggest appeal for racing buffs but may also prove appealing to nonfans thanks to the moving story at its core.

September 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Even moviegoers with no vested interest in motorsports are apt to be moved by this bittersweet Cinderella-ish saga.

September 4, 2019 | Full Review…
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Waltrip is warmly engaging though we only scratch the surface of what caused his losing streak, and the accident's aftermath. The most candid interviewees stand out: straight-talking publicist Brooke Hondros, Dale Earnhardt Jnr, Waltrip's ex-wife Buffy.

September 14, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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