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Safari 3000 (1982)

 -  Action | Adventure | Comedy  -  May 1982 (USA)
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Reporter J.J. Dalton wants to write a story about a grueling 3000 km auto rally through Africa. When her deal to ride with a driver falls through, she hires ex-stuntman Eddie Miles, who is ... See full summary »

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Eddie Miles
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J.J. Dalton
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Count Borgia
Hamilton Camp ...
Ian Yule ...
Freddie Selkirk
Hugh Rouse ...
Brigadier Hawthorne
Mary Ann Berold ...
Victoria Hawthorne
Peter J. Elliott ...
Stewart Simmons
Cocky Tlhotlhalemaje ...
Rally Car Salesman (as Cocky Two Bull)
Ben Masinga ...
Zulu Chief
James White ...
Lou Reiner
Mackson Ngobeni ...
Judge Urpa
Sam Williams ...
Dirty Hahurry
Fanyana H. Sidumo ...
Kitu
Eric Flynn ...
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Reporter J.J. Dalton wants to write a story about a grueling 3000 km auto rally through Africa. When her deal to ride with a driver falls through, she hires ex-stuntman Eddie Miles, who is racing against his former employer, the ruthless Count Borgia, who becomes their hardest and meanest competitor in the rally. Borgia and his sidekick Feodor do all they can to thwart the other drivers, but luck and love are on J.J. and Eddie's side. Written by skpurplevamp

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The race that drove Africa wild!


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Eine irre Safari  »

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Christopher Lee's last line in the movie, "La commedia e finita," is the last line of Leoncavallo's tragic opera "I Pagliacci." It means "the comedy is over." See more »

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Pretty much any time Christopher Lee is driving in the car with his sidekick, the camera is visible in the reflection on the sidekicks helmet. This starts at the beginning of the race and continues throughout the movie. See more »

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Feodor: [sings] Baboons on the road, what kind of sign is this? Baboons on the road, is this the end of bliss? I would rather see a rain of toads than hear that call: baboons on the road! I would rather see a rain of toads than hear that call, baboons on the road!
Count Borgia: Feodor, you know that I am fluent in twelve languages. Amongst all those noble and ancient tongues, there is but one solitary word that describes you with complete and total accuracy: putz.
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Race time again! This time for Africa.
14 November 2010 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Another unforgettable cinematic trend that was particularly popular during the late 70's/early 80's were the illegal Grand Prix race and carsploitation movies. There were a whole lot of exhilarating titles varying between extremely violent and hilariously gleeful, but they all had a few trademarks in common. Impressive stunt work and flamboyant vehicles, of course, but also all-star casts that practically always featured David Carradine. Ever since the tremendous success of "Death Race 2000", Carradine starred in numerous more car movies including this latecomer "Safari 3000". This is basically a very mundane and derivative race movie, but with one unique selling proposition namely its African setting. The race in question takes three days and covers over 2.500km of routes full of obstacles, wildlife and sabotaging danger. Eddie Mills is a former movie stunt man who likes to drive the race, but he doesn't have a car. JJ Dalton is a quirky Playboy journalist who'd like to report live from inside a race car, but she doesn't have a driver. They team up, fall in love in between all their bickering and combine forces against their biggest rival; the obnoxious but cheating Italian multimillionaire Count Borgia. The screenplay of "Safari 3000" is a non- stop series of clichés and stereotypes, but luckily enough it's all very charming and amusing. The lesser important competitors in the race can easily be recognized by their exaggeratedly amplified nationality facets. The French only talk about wine and cheese, the Brits about London and the Australians talk in … well … incomprehensible accents. The most impressive sequences in "Safari 3000" all feature, and I suppose most of it is stock footage. There are extended images of galloping zebras, gazelles, giraffes as well as lions, elephants and buffaloes. The chemistry between David Carradine and Stockard Channing (most known for her role in "Grease") is excellent and Christopher Lee obviously had a good time playing the textbook villain Count Borgia. There are a few notable moments of action and stunt work, like a Peugeot diving into a lake in slow-motion, but overall this is a rather tame movie that primarily revolves on scenery. If you want dazzling action and loads of crashes, I suggest you check out "Cannonball!" instead.

*Note: Given the (completely meaningless) number in the title, it's not coincidentally that I selected to watch "Safari 3000". This is review number three thousand that I have written for IMDb. Thanks for reading.


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