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Death Race 2000 (1975)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi  |  27 April 1975 (USA)
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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.



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


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


In The Year 2000 Hit And Run Driving Is No Longer A Felony. It's The National Sport! See more »


Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi | Sport


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Release Date:

27 April 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frankensteins Todesrennen  »

Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)


SEK 1,122,493 (Sweden)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Roger Corman challenged popular YouTube channel CinemaSins to make a sin video on one of his films, Death Race 2000 being the film. CinemaSins is a channel that nitpicks and criticizes many movies for entertainment. See more »


The racers are shown driving through mountainous terrain even when they are supposed to be in parts of the country such as New Jersey and Missouri that don't have any mountains of this type. See more »


[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...
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References Spartacus (1960) See more »

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This hilarious exploitation classic puts a smile on my face EVERY time!
2 December 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Death Race 2000', like 'Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls', 'The Omega Man', 'Repo Man' and 'Rock'n'Roll High School', is one of those dependable all time favourite trash classics that I watch regularly and never fail to get a smile out of. Anytime you're down just put 'Death Race 200' on and you're guaranteed to be cheered up! Directed by the late Paul Bartel ('Eating Raoul', 'Lust In The Dust')), co-produced by b-grade legend Roger Corman ('Bloody Mama', 'House Of Usher'), and co-written by Charles Griffith ('The Wild Angels', 'Little Shop Of Horrors'), this is simply one of the most enjoyable and entertaining exploitation movies of all time. The setting is the near future where a totalitarian regime keep the populace happy with a violent and extremely popular sport of hit and run car racing. The champion of the people is Frankenstein (David Carradine - 'Boxcar Bertha', 'Q') who has to race against a flamboyant group of rivals, led by his mortal enemy Machine-Gun Joe Viterbo (Sly Stallone!) who is intent on knocking him off the top. The other drivers include such cult figures as Mary Woronov ('Chopping Mall'), Roberta Collins ('Caged Heat'), Martin Kove ('The Karate Kid'), Leslie McRae ('Blood Orgy Of The She Devils') and Fred Grandy ('The Love Boat'). This is a rip roarin' non-stop action-packed black comedy that is an absolute hoot! I can't recommend this one highly enough. Essential viewing!

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