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Death Race 2000 -- In the not-so-distant future lies a new national sport -- the Death Race, a nationwide road rally in which the winner is not determined by who finishes first, but by who scores the most points along the way by running over hapless pedestrians.
Death Race 2000 -- Open-ended Trailer from New World
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Death Race 2000 -- US Home Video Extra (Clip) from New World
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Release Date:
27 April 1975 (USA) See more »
In The Year 2000 Hit And Run Driving Is No Longer A Felony. It's The National Sport! See more »
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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  (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
John Favorite ... Henry (as Jack Favorite)
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
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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80 min | Argentina:84 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 (re-rating) | 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 (nf)

Did You Know?

Explaining why he took the Frankenstein role, David Carradine says, "I started that picture two weeks after I walked off the "Kung Fu" (1972) set, and that was essentially my image, the 'Kung Fu' character, and a lot of people still believe I'm that guy. The idea actually was: No. 1, if you walk off a television series, you better do a movie right away or you might never get to do one. And the second thing was to do something right away that would create the image of a monster to get rid of the image of that little Chinese guy that I'd been playing for four years. And, you know, it did kick-start my movie career."See more »
Continuity: When the "bullifighter" challenges Calamity Jane, there is a quick close-up of a spinning wheel whose rim different than those on Jane's car.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 awe, in respect, in fear!
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Referenced in The Toxic Avenger (1984)See more »


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50 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
This hilarious exploitation classic puts a smile on my face EVERY time!, 2 December 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'Death Race 2000', like 'Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls', 'The Omega Man', 'Repo Man' and 'Rock'n'Roll High School', is one of those dependable all time favourite trash classics that I watch regularly and never fail to get a smile out of. Anytime you're down just put 'Death Race 200' on and you're guaranteed to be cheered up! Directed by the late Paul Bartel ('Eating Raoul', 'Lust In The Dust')), co-produced by b-grade legend Roger Corman ('Bloody Mama', 'House Of Usher'), and co-written by Charles Griffith ('The Wild Angels', 'Little Shop Of Horrors'), this is simply one of the most enjoyable and entertaining exploitation movies of all time. The setting is the near future where a totalitarian regime keep the populace happy with a violent and extremely popular sport of hit and run car racing. The champion of the people is Frankenstein (David Carradine - 'Boxcar Bertha', 'Q') who has to race against a flamboyant group of rivals, led by his mortal enemy Machine-Gun Joe Viterbo (Sly Stallone!) who is intent on knocking him off the top. The other drivers include such cult figures as Mary Woronov ('Chopping Mall'), Roberta Collins ('Caged Heat'), Martin Kove ('The Karate Kid'), Leslie McRae ('Blood Orgy Of The She Devils') and Fred Grandy ('The Love Boat'). This is a rip roarin' non-stop action-packed black comedy that is an absolute hoot! I can't recommend this one highly enough. Essential viewing!

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