The story is set in Detroit in late 1960s and centers on the automobile industry, particularly the members of National Motors, a large automobile manufacturer.




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Series cast summary:
Rock Hudson ...  Adam Trenton 1 episode, 1978
Lee Remick ...  Erica Trenton 1 episode, 1978
Blair Brown ...  Barbara Lipton 1 episode, 1978
John Beck ...  Peter Flodenhale 1 episode, 1978
Ralph Bellamy ...  Lowell Baxter 1 episode, 1978
Scott Brady ...  Matt Zaleski 1 episode, 1978
John Durren ...  Merv Rucks 1 episode, 1978
Marj Dusay ...  Caroline Horton 1 episode, 1978
Lisa Eilbacher ...  Jody Horton 1 episode, 1978
Anthony Franciosa ...  Smokey Stevenson 1 episode, 1978
James Carroll Jordan ...  Kirk Trenton 1 episode, 1978
Adele Mara ...  Teresa Chapman 1 episode, 1978
Howard McGillin ...  Greg Trenton 1 episode, 1978
Tim O'Connor ...  Hub Hewitson 1 episode, 1978
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...  Rusty Horton 1 episode, 1978
Allan Rich ...  Detective Waggoner 1 episode, 1978
David Spielberg ...  Dr. Patterson 1 episode, 1978
Harold Sylvester ...  Rollie Knight 1 episode, 1978
Jessica Walter ...  Ursula 1 episode, 1978
Fred Williamson ...  Leonard Wingate 1 episode, 1978
James Ray James Ray ...  Arnold Beecham 1 episode, 1978


The story is set in Detroit in late 1960s and centers on the automobile industry, particularly the members of National Motors, a large automobile manufacturer.

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Release Date:

7 May 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arthur Hailey's Wheels See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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United Artists and Walter Mirisch first announced " " Wheels " as a major motion picture event in 1972. See more »

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A unique mini-series
17 May 2003 | by Paul-308See all my reviews

Intriguing mini series set in the 1960s American auto industry capitol of Michigan,covering about every possible "base" that could be....greed,backstabbing,power plays,personal lives,racial tensions,competitive urges,corporate struggles.....its all there.Basically in a nutshell,Hudson is married to the daughter of the President of National Motors (a play on "American Motors??"),and he views the potential youth market as a veritable goldmine to the carmaker.He proposes the "Hawk" (looking something like an AMC Javelin) psudeo-sports car as their entry into this future field.A large competitor is seen working on a similar project,so Hudson pushes hard to get his baby to market.Engineering problems,corporate bean counters,top brass,all conspire against him. A decent program with top name stars of the day.If you are curious of the auto industry's inner workings,this is the mini series for you.If they would only release it on DVD.... (Here's trivia for you....National Motors only product was a family the mini series it was simply a 1966/67 Dodge Coronet with a hastily applied generic grille).

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