MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 495 this week

Death Race 2000 (1975)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi  |  27 April 1975 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 18,250 users  
Reviews: 140 user | 161 critic

In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill's brutality.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Charles Griffith) , 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 49 titles
created 20 Jan 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 06 Jul 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 17 Feb 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Death Race 2000" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Death Race 2000 (1975)

Death Race 2000 (1975) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Death Race 2000.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Death Race: Inferno (Video 2012)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Convicted cop-killer Carl Lucas, aka Frankenstein, is a superstar driver in the brutal prison yard demolition derby known as Death Race. Only one victory away from winning freedom for himself and his pit crew.

Director: Roel Reiné
Stars: Luke Goss, Tanit Phoenix, Danny Trejo
Death Race (2008)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson
Death Race 2 (Video 2010)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Explores the origins of the first "Frankenstein" car driver, Carl "Luke" Lucas, who died in a race at the beginning of the first film.

Director: Roel Reiné
Stars: Luke Goss, Lauren Cohan, Sean Bean
Cannonball! (1976)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

This is another story of the secret Coast to Coast auto race across America The only rule is, the first to finish is the winner. Naturally, anyone driving 55 isn't going to win. They'll ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bartel
Stars: David Carradine, Bill McKinney, Veronica Hamel
Capone (1975)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The story of the rise and fall of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years. Unusually, briefly covering the years ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Carver
Stars: Ben Gazzara, Susan Blakely, Harry Guardino
F.I.S.T (1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Johnny Kovak joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local chapter in the 1930s and works his way up in the organization. As he climbs higher and higher his methods become more ruthless and ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Rod Steiger, Peter Boyle
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A group of kids in Brooklyn form a gang. From this moment on they do everything together. This makes things easier but at the same time they have to face new problems.

Directors: Martin Davidson, Stephen Verona
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler, Perry King
Nighthawks (1981)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Conservative street cop DaSilva reluctantly agrees to terminate an international terrorist who has demanded media attention. But DaSilva's "at-home" tactics are very much put to the challenge.

Directors: Bruce Malmuth, Gary Nelson
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams
Rhinestone (1984)
Comedy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A country music star must turn an obnoxious New York cabbie into a singer in order to win a bet.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Dolly Parton, Richard Farnsworth
Rollerball (1975)
Action | Sci-Fi | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

In New York in the late 60s, a politically motivated group of students plans bombings of company offices who do business with dictators in Middle American countries. But when they contact a... See full summary »

Director: Robert Allen Schnitzer
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Tony Page, Rebecca Grimes
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Calamity Jane
Roberta Collins ...
Matilda the Hun
...
Nero the Hero
...
Myra
...
Junior Bruce (as The Real Don Steele)
...
Grace Pander
Carle Bensen ...
Harold
Sandy McCallum ...
Mr. President
Paul L. Ehrmann ...
Special Agent (as Paul Laurence)
Harriet Medin ...
Thomasina Paine
Vince Trankina ...
Lt. Fury
Bill Morey ...
Deacon
Edit

Storyline

A champion of a brutal cross-country car race of the future where pedestrians are run down for points has a change of heart while being hounded by rivals and a conspiracy seeking to stop the race. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Cross Country Road Wreck! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

27 April 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frankensteins Todesrennen  »

Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 1,122,493 (Sweden)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| | | |

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The car in which President Frankenstein and Annie drive away after their wedding is a Richard Oaks Nova kit-car, actually based on the Volkswagen Beetle chassis (but obviously not the body). These were available in kit form for many years starting in the mid-1970s. See more »

Goofs

In the theatrical version and all video versions up to the "Roger Corman's Classics" release, there were some errors that have since been corrected. Traffic has been cropped from the shot when Machine Gun Joe runs over the man hanging the "Frankenstein" banner on the street (which previously made nonsense of the earlier newscast of "citizens staying off the streets"). A crewmember previously visible when Joe runs down the fisherman has also been cropped out. See more »

Quotes

[Opening; The United Provinces version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played at the fictional New York Memorial Raceway]
[first lines]
Deacon: O, great American multitude and sports fans everywhere, today we inaugurate the 20th Annual Trans-Continental Road Race. Today, the five bravest young men and women in this greatest of nations will risk their lives in the greatest sporting event since the day the Sparticus! Three days hence, a new American champion will be crowned for all the world to behold, in...
[...]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Missing Piece From My Childhood
14 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kills brutality. Starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone.

When I was younger and my family would go for a drive, my father would often make the remark that if he swerved and hit someone, it would be worth twenty points. In my youth, I never really understood where he picked it up from, but now I think it is safe to say that "Death Race 2000" was his source.

While this movie is fairly cheesy, it is fun in a way most other films simply are not. I would not even call it a "dark comedy" because the violence is not dark, it is just campy. Beverly Gray calls it "comically macabre".

There is some strong underlying message about American values that could be interpreted differently by different people: is America an inherently violent nation? Or are we a nation trying to maximize our freedoms? (This dispute comes into play when "rebels" show up who wish to end the race and restore the old America.) What is interesting is that Corman was known to be anti-authority, so he should be saying that this race is barbaric. Yet, he clearly understands that the viewer enjoys the death scenes... without them, the film would be nothing. What does this say about us, or about him?

Stallone has a surprisingly small role, despite being the secondary character. He does not speak much and seems to be in the movie for no other reason than to use violence against women. In the vernacular, he "keeps his pimp hand strong".

David Carradine, who never busts out many a karate move in this film, is the real hero. He plays the race's most popular character ("Frankenstein") who has allegedly been pieced back together year after year. His bondage gear outfit and smooth Carradine attitude make him a clear favorite for movie viewers, as well.

All in all, this film is a cult classic and deserves to be. Corman wanted to compete with "Rollerball" (1975) for a fraction of the cost, so he purchased Ib Melchoir's "The Racer" and went from there. I think he succeeded. I do not know how much money each film made, but I know of nobody today who is out there calling "Rollerball" the better film.


24 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Am I the only one that think this movie suck? LeCrisp
Thoughts on a remake? Puke Bag
This movie is SADISTIC mtv_poison
A forerunner to the Mad Max films? indigodragonmaster
they showed this uncut the other night... seekshelter
connection to star wars: a helmet victor08
Discuss Death Race 2000 (1975) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?