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Death Race 2000 (1975)

 -  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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Annie Smith
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Calamity Jane
Roberta Collins ...
Matilda the Hun
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Nero the Hero
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Myra
Don Steele ...
Junior Bruce (as The Real Don Steele)
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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
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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 »

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Release Date:

27 April 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Race 2000  »

Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 1,122,493 (Sweden)
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(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film retains only the basic premises of the original short story by Ib Melchior; the characters and incidents are all different. The story focuses on just one mechanic and driver, and one anti-racer. In particular, it does not include the President or the special driver Frankenstein. 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...
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Featured in Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1992) See more »

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Great entertainment, for a minority of viewers..
1 November 2004 | by (Wellington, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Just exactly when bad taste ceases to be funny and becomes plainly cruel is a personal thing. However I have tried this film on a few friends and they did not enjoy it. That said I had rented the old VHS from the art-house vid shop 3 times before purchasing a cheap DVD copy when it popped up.

Personally I thought some of this was laugh out loud funny and other parts frankly embarrassing to watch.

I highly recommend Deathrace 2000 but take no responsibility should you decide to watch it! Tim


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