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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>

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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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Did You Know?


The cars didn't run most of the time, so they had to be pushed down hills in order to get them to move. Moreover, the cameras used to film the cars were undercranked in order to perpetuate the illusion that they were moving faster. See more »


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 »


[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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: 42nd Street Forever, Volume 1 (2013) See more »

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The movie that made Sylvester Stallone a trivia question

This film received one of the ultimate compliments: they made it into a pinball machine (a good one, too) and it's probably one of two subjects Sylvester Stallone wishes would go away! Fred Grandy is probably glad his role isn't as prominent. Actually, as a movie, it's pretty decent. I enjoyed it myself. Mary Woronov did a great job and most of the other leads are good as well. Stop the proceedings, Oscars for everyone! Worth watching.

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