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Director:
Writers:
Robert Thom (screenplay) and
Charles B. Griffith (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 April 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
In The Year 2000 Hit And Run Driving Is No Longer A Felony. It's The National Sport! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Carradine ... Frankenstein

Simone Griffeth ... Annie Smith

Sylvester Stallone ... Machine Gun Joe Viterbo

Mary Woronov ... Calamity Jane
Roberta Collins ... Matilda the Hun

Martin Kove ... Nero the Hero

Louisa Moritz ... Myra
Don Steele ... Junior Bruce (as The Real Don Steele)

Joyce Jameson ... 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

Fred Grandy ... Herman the German
William Shephard ... Pete
Leslie McRay ... Cleopatra
Wendy Bartel ... Laurie
Jack Favorite ... Henry
Sandy Ignon ... FBI Agent

John Landis ... Mechanic
Darla McDonnell ... Rhonda Bainbridge
Roger Rook ... Radio Operator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Bartel ... Frankenstein's Doctor (uncredited)
David Boyle ... Little Boy at picnic (uncredited)
Peter Cornberg ... Resistance Army Member (uncredited)
Charles B. Griffith ... Resistance Army Member (uncredited)

Lewis Teague ... Toreador (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Bartel 
 
Writing credits
Robert Thom (screenplay) and
Charles B. Griffith (screenplay) (as Charles Griffith)

Ib Melchior (story The Racer)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... producer
Jim Weatherill .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Chihara 
 
Cinematography by
Tak Fujimoto (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Tina Hirsch 
 
Art Direction by
Beala Neel  (as B.B. Neel)
Robin Royce  (as Robinson Royce)
 
Makeup Department
Patricia Hutchence .... makeup artist (as Pat Hutchence)
 
Production Management
Peter Cornberg .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles B. Griffith .... second unit director (as Charles Griffith)
Dennis E. Jones .... assistant director (as Dennis Jones)
Lewis Teague .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Keith Michl .... propmaster
 
Sound Department
Lee Alexander .... sound mixer
Ben Burtt .... sound designer (uncredited)
Richard Bryce Goodman .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Richard MacLean .... special effects
 
Stunts
Ronald C. Ross .... stunt coordinator (as Ronald Ross)
Paula Dell .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Ferro .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Hubbard .... stunts (uncredited)
Kim Kahana Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Barrere .... key grip (as Michael Bryar)
Eric Saarinen .... camera operator: second unit
Henning Schellerup .... camera operator: second unit
Brian Swain .... gaffer
Paul Hunt .... additional cinematographer (uncredited)
Kit Kalionzes .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Douglas Olivares .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Leslie Otis .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane Ruhm .... costumer (as Jane Rum)
 
Editorial Department
Michal Goldman .... associate editor
Lewis Teague .... associate editor
 
Other crew
Dean Jeffries .... car constructor (as Dean Jefferies)
James Powers .... car designer
Arrahwanna Thomsen .... script supervisor (as Arrah Robinson)
Gil Valle .... location manager
Joanie Blum .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jane Ruhm .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
80 min | Argentina:84 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Australia:M (TV rating) | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2002) | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Germany:16 (2002) | Iceland:12 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Netherlands:16 (re-rating) | Norway:18 (DVD release) (2003) (uncut version) | Norway:16 (video) (1988) (heavily cut) | Norway:(Banned) (1976-2003) (cinema release) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
Director Paul Bartel had Jane Ruhm design the opening titles using money from the budget without getting Roger Corman's permission first.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the cars are lining up at the start of the race while being introduced by the announcer, the first car pulls in, and then the Nazi car pulls in to the left of the first one. Then, the next three racers are filmed pulling into the same slot to the immediate left of the Nazi car.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 awe, in respect, in fear!
[...]
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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A Missing Piece From My Childhood, 14 October 2006
Author: gavin6942 from United States

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.

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