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Death Race 2000 (1975)

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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Calamity Jane
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Matilda the Hun
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Nero the Hero
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Myra
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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)
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Thomasina Paine
Vince Trankina ...
Lt. Fury
Bill Morey ...
Deacon
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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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A Cross Country Road Wreck! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi | Sport

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R | See all certifications »

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27 April 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frankensteins Todesrennen  »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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The shot of the racers in Manhattan en route to the Lincoln Tunnel was clearly filmed in downtown Los Angeles. See more »

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[Opening; The United Provinces version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played at the fictional New York Memorial Raceway]
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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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Edited into Hollywood Boulevard (1976) See more »

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Cult at gazillion miles per hour
24 January 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Death Race 2000 is the finest example to show how easy it actually was back in the seventies to come up with a timeless cult film. Honestly, anyone could have invented an outrageously exaggerated premise like this but the fact that it was actually Roger Corman who dealt with it just proves how eminently he ruled the B-movie circuit back then. Death Race 2000 is one of the most entertaining films ever made and I, for one, can't imagine someone not loving the severely ridicule story of a coast-to-coast car race where the contesters score points by wiping pedestrians off the road. Silly, yes…but even more ingenious, flamboyant and offensive. Pure cult, in other words, and fundamental viewing for every soul who ever showed interest in extravagant film-making! The script is stuffed with imaginative findings (euthanasia day at the hospital!) and downright UNsubtle protest towards the American way of life (a factor that determines Death Race 2000 as cult even more). Considering it's a Corman production, the film also contains explicit violence, provoking messages and a truckload of sleaze! All the elements that guarantee untamed cult success! Of course it has to be said that it could have been an even better film if Corman and director Paul Bartel focused on a more proper elaboration of the versatile idea. The rivalry between Carradine and Stallone, for example, should have resulted in a more intriguing sub plot and even though DR 2000 already contains much absurdity as it is, the premise surely had potential enough to add even more sick jokes and cynical situations. David Carradine acts deliciously as always and Stallone is excellent as well. Death Race 2000 is cinema that separates the men from the boys, people! Stop exploring the cult genre in case you didn't had the time of your life watching this film.


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