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Death Race 2000
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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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Carmageddon, or how I learned to stop worrying and love those crazy seventies See more (138 total) »

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:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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:
Sylvester Stallone would again be portraying a race car driver in the 2001 film Driven.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Cameraman and camera visible in reflection of trumpet in opening shot.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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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Carmageddon, or how I learned to stop worrying and love those crazy seventies, 12 February 2002
Author: rogierr from Amsterdam, Netherlands

'Mad Max' meets the 'Running Man' and they both drive over miss Daisy. 'Death Race 2000' is a disconcerting smithereen job, but also fun. It is unprobable to say the least: 'Frankenstein' as the embodiment of national virtue? Nice thought over a dose of mescaline maybe. With unbelievable music too. Everything seems 2 B possible: ethical correct splatter comedies? You've got it. The acting in this supposed SF (caricatures of the immoral society of the future) is absolutely horrible (apart from Carradine and Griffeth). Add some black humor and non-existing emotions and you have Death Race 2000: the obscure cult flick in which Sly gets slapped around some as driver Machine-Gun Joe Viterbo. And retrospectively one of his best roles, besides 'First Blood' and 'Rocky'.

Luckily there was room in the rating for some graphical splatter and nudity, which is why this has become a cult movie. And fat chance the uncut version will be banned where I live. It is more than questionable if the story is really about the fear of America becoming that chauvinistic and drenched in bloodlust. I get the impression that most of it is just a glorification of violence. But in a more thoroughly humorous way than e.g. Wild Bunch (1969) et al. Imagine the American president has a summer house in Peking, or driver Mathilda the Hun has a nazi-navigator Herman the German...

DR2k was appropriately filmed by the great cinematographer Tak Fujimoto (Badlands, Silence of the lambs, Sixth Sense, and last but not least Ferris Bueller's day off). Good for Paul Bartel that he made Death Race 2000 before George Miller made Mad Max (1978), because it would have been a completely obsolete cartoon otherwise: something like Evil Knievel vs Dick Dastardly. Nevertheless DR2k is quite enjoyable. This movie may be inspired by 'the Cars that ate Paris' (Weir, 1974) and seemed to have inspired 'Carmageddon' (VG) and Mad Max of course. Guys, it's been real. Jesus Chrysler, I'd almost rate this 6/10.

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