Strother Martin, that late, great grizzled ol' fuddy dud character actor supreme, has himself a field day in this giddy, rambunctious, footloose and fancy-free downhome drive-in comedy about the colorfully seedy shady and unscrupulous subculture of automobile repossession. It's a sort of Southern-fried "Repo Man" set in the Texas sticks. Strother delivers a splendidly rascally performance as cagey, boozy, lecherous venerable carjacker George "the Weasel" Thorney, who teaches eager, cocksure young buck car thief Billy Ed Wallace (John Terry, who also portrayed the phenomenally drippy and underwhelming bargain basement Robin Hood-like protagonist in the lovably chintzy sword and sorcery clinker "Hawk the Slayer" around the same time) the ropes. Billy Ed gets neck deep in trouble when he falls head over heels in love with a sweet young gal (the fetching Jean Sanders) who belongs to mean, grasping local pimp Bodine (leering chrome dome Lawrence Dobkin), trouble that's compounded when Billy and the Weasel steal Bodine's beloved Roll's Royce. A stock plot for sure, but the breezy tone, Frank Q. Dobbs' brisk direction, a snappy pace, the jubilant country and western score, peppery dialogue ("I stopped buying cars when they stopped making rear ends that pretty"), a neat cameo by Jim Siedow (the Cook in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") as a cantankerous shotgun-toting yokel, some tasty regional flavoring, and lively turns by George Kennedy in a duel role as a prissy, effeminate car dealer and his brutish, corrupt police chief brother keep "Hotwire" darting along at a nice, steady clip. Strother Martin's hearty, ebullient acting in particular is an absolute hoot -- and so's the whole movie in general.