There have been many films made that feature cars over the years, but I can not remember a film that truly captured the essence of early Hot Rodding like Deuce of Spaces does. The basic plot of the movie is a girl purchases a ’32 Ford Deuce High-Boy roadster from an estate sale. After getting the car home, she cleans it up and gets it running, and in the process discovers a letter hidden in the car. The letter contains clues to the cars past, prompting her to search for answers about the car's history and the person that built it in the fifties. The story is told through a series of flashbacks, revealing a love affair, fights, racing, secrets, and a broken man’s dream.
The story is interesting and engaging, but the story behind the making of this movie is even more interesting. Faith Granger is the woman behind the film, and almost single-handedly produced this film. She wrote, directed, produced, cast, edited, stars in, did the lighting, filming, cinematography, and even created the score for this film with a zero budget. An incredible feat for any film maker, let alone a first-time filmmaker. Her love of early Hot Rods and the car she owns and drives on a regular basis, the Deuce roadster in the film, were her muse for this project.
Deuce of Spades is a truly a love letter to the early days of Hot Rodding. Car people can really tell when a movie is made by a big Hollywood studio about cars. All the inaccurate, goofy and over the top things related to the cars and the dialog related to them, drive real car people nuts. Deuce of Spades is a rare instance when a genuine car person makes a film about cars. Even more Hot Rod cred is added by the appearance of some real-life Hot Rodding legends that make cameo appearances like Gene Winfield and Bill Hines. The scenes at the El Mirage dry lakes featuring some incredible cinematography, are worth watching this film alone. For more information and to order this film, check out the film’s very cool web site, www.deuceofspades.com .