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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

It's Not Gone With the Wind

Author: caspian1978 from Boston, MA
11 October 2004

For a Roger Corman movie, you can't get any better. An interesting, but not too realistic futuristic plot where the open road has become a race track of death. Death Race 2000 takes place in America's future.....the year 2000. Although the wardrobe from the 70's hasn't changed, the political system in America has. David Carradine stars in this "campy" action film, but it is Sylvestor Stallone that is the true star of the movie. Starring in a more comical role, Stallone is the funny villain. This 85 minute classic is just that, a Corman classic. It is filled with car chases, explosions, blood and gore, and nudity. It is everything you want out of a Corman movie. Even though the story could have been better, the movie wins it's audience over.

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Roger Corman at his best

10/10
Author: Perdicus (perdicus98@yahoo.com) from CT, USA
29 January 2004

This is the film that inspired Sly Stallone to make "Rocky", "Rambo", and "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over". O.K., not really, but it *is* an example of Roger Corman's high-speed low-budget directing style in its' finest hour. A cross-country race that makes "The Cannonball Run" look like a soap-box derby, plus lots of sex, violence & political intrigue; a masterpiece that stands the test of time.

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70's Cult Film Still Entertains

6/10
Author: CitizenCaine from Las Vegas, Nevada
18 January 2004

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Death Race 2000 is one of the cult movies of the 70's directed by the late Paul Bartel, produced by Roger Corman, and starring David Carradine in the waning days of his original Kung Fu television series. On the surface, it's about a cross country race between arch enemies, who mow down pedestrians for points in the process. It's so much more than that though. It pokes fun of celebrities, our glorification of youth, the media, politics, our obsession with and subsequent indifference to violence, and even cartoon violence. Carradine plays Frankenstein, a reconstructed racer injured multiple times in previous races. Sylvester Stallone is hilarious as Joe Viterbo, the rival out to beat and get Carradine, but who can't speak in anything but an angry/finger-pointing manner. The film moves quickly in 79 minutes, creating great effects the old-fashioned way by good editing. There are a few phony effects too though, but it's a B-movie. Highlights are the wheelchair scene and Stallone chasing a fisherman. Consistently entertaining throughout, despite the fact it was filmed for less than $1,000,000. Its sequel is Deathsport, 1978. **1/2 of 4 stars.

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Rocky vs Carradine's Darth Vader

8/10
Author: Rob Deschenes from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
21 June 2003

This movie was great. When Stallone started firing a tommy gun at the audience you knew this was far more different than anything else. Carradine, in a really unusual costume that makes him look like a skinny Darth Vader, pulls it off without a hitch, hilariously mind you, but the movie is great anyway so who cares? The cars are fast, the women are cute (even ravenous!), and The President is the type of person everyone loves to hate.

It is the year 2000 and the annual Transcontinental Death Race has begun! Who will run over the most pedestrians and win?

An interesting, smart way of looking at the future, DEATH RACE 2000 has many perspectives in its satire of America and the media. But what else is better than seeing Jane and Matilda threatening to duke it out and Frankenstein and Joe fight (badly, but this is a B-movie). Watch out for those French airstrikes! Clever and hilarious B-movie action at its finest.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Funniest movie I've ever seen

7/10
Author: donpedro084 from United States
7 November 2002

Death race 2000,a movie witch was not intended to be humorous, i don't think anyways.The acting is horrible and the action scenes are hilarious.This man be one of the best low budget sci fi films of all time. A Roger Corman classic. I recommend this film.

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Campy but great fun

Author: Hessian499 from Pittsburgh, PA
28 July 2002

Though now dated with its abundant 1970s styles, fashions, and music, Death Race 2000 still is a lot of fun to watch. This is a film that is not to be taken seriously, as it does take itself seriously. Set in the year 2000 (which was the future back in 1975), America is ruled over by Mr. President, who acts as a dictator and whose word is law; we learn that all the former members of Congress have been locked up in a penitentiary compound since he took power, and he uses his Secret Police to keep order. To keep the masses entertained, Mr. President lords over the annual Transcontinental Road Race, whereby points are scored not only by crossing the finish line first but also for running over anyone on the streets. Carradine does a good job as Frankenstein, though he looks like he longed for the years he spent on Kung Fu while making this movie. Stallone is fun as Machine Gun Joe, making this movie about a year before he starred in Rocky. The other actors seem to be enjoying themselves in their roles, and despite the limited budget this is actually an entertaining film. Not a classic by any means, but one of the better overlooked films of the 1970s.

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Cheese, cheese, cheese!

6/10
Author: ericjg623 from Twin Cities
14 October 2001

Surely the cheesiest movie ever made. It came out in 1975, and it's got tons of bad 70's hairstyles, horrible 70's soundtrack music, cheapo stunts and special effects, and awful overacting by Stallone and awful wooden underacting by David Carradine, who looks bored to death to even have a role in this film. From the opening shots, where the race cars are leaving the Lincoln Tunnel in "New York" (in reality, the freeways of LA) to the ending, the pure cheapness of this project shines through in nearly every scene. The cars look like something an 8 year old glued onto his Hot Wheels toys, and the "gore" scenes look like cars running over department store mannequins filled with ketchup. In short, there's no way this movie should succeed, yet somehow it does. The basic concept is so idiotic it just grabs you and runs with it. It's the year 2000 and instead of the Super Bowl we have the Transcontinental Road Race, in which 5 drivers and their navigators race from New York to LA in a contest, not just to reach the finish line first, but to run over the most pedestrians along the way. It's full of campy dialogue "No one scores my navigator and gets away with it!" screams Calamity Jane as she races off in hot pursuit of Matilda the Hun and her sidekick, Herman the German. I suppose this movie could be seen as a serious satire on the American love of sports violence, but it's just too cheesy to be taken seriously. Instead, just sit back, shut off your brain, and watch two knuckleheads (Carradine and Stallone) and a nice bevy of babes (Calamity Jane, Matilda, and "Annie", Carradine's navigator and resistance secret agent) as they drive coast to coast, running over anyone in their path. Score this movie C- for execution, but a solid A for originality.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

fun low budget filmmaking

5/10
Author: fred-83 from Sweden
18 March 2000

A surprisingly funny, OTT sci-fi action. It was banned in Sweden a long time, and now I recently taped it uncut from television. I didn´t expect much and I was pleasantly surprised. An example of good, fun low budget filmmaking.

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One of Roger Corman's only good movies.

10/10
Author: Soapbar from Triton
20 January 1999

I loved this film. The video game Carmageddon took so much from this that it's awkward once you've seen the movie. Stallone is great in his last role before Rocky, and Carradine gives a somewhat awkward feel of drama to a film that would have been great had it remained what it was, an action flick. Well, Roger Corman doesn't know how to go through a whole film without screwing up at least one aspect of it. It's still worth seeing, so go rent it, NOW.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Hilarious satire often mistaken for something else

10/10
Author: Cacus7 from San Antonio, TX, USA
27 April 2002

"Death Race 2000", though somewhat dated now, is a raucous stab at modern cultural trends and social mores. The premise -- a new national pastime, in which select contestants race their specially-modified killing vehicles from coast to coast, scoring as many points (i.e. killing as many people) along the way as possible, is a powerful social commentary. Sylvester Stallone plays a fabulous underdog to the favorite, Mr. Frankenstein (played by David Carradine). The other racers are a hoot, as are the television reporters, who keep the viewer up to date on the action. The people's hero, Mr. Frankenstein, is even attacked by the "Treacherous French", a bit of propaganda which always struck me as hilarious. This film has many memorable moments. While it will never win any awards for acting or cinematography, its campy charm will seduce all but the most jaded film viewer. If you don't get a chuckle out of this, you're burned out!

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