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Race the Sun (1996)

A bunch of high school misfits in Hawaii, introduced by their new teacher, attend a science fair in which they draw up inspiration to build their own solar car and win a trip to compete in the 1990 World Solar Challenge in Australia.

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Jack Fryman
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Idealistic Sandra Beecher has just started working as a Science teacher at Kona-Pali High School in Hawaii, being hired for this job despite her teaching background being English. Her reason for taking the job is largely to run away from the mainland and a failed marriage. She finds that her students are an unmotivated lot, largely because there are low societal expectations of them, including from their parents and the school faculty. As such, she directs a handful of her most unmotivated students to attend a regional science fair at which there are no Kona-Pali displays to come up with their own science fair projects. An incident at the fair does spur one of her students, Daniel Webster, self-professed as not being good at most things but believing he is a good designer, to announce, with the support of his fellow students, that they want to build a solar powered car of his design as their project, and to enter that car in the upcoming Inter-island Race. American Corporate giant, ... Written by Huggo

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A dream can make all the difference under the sun.


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Rated PG for mild language and a brief incident of teen drinking | See all certifications »
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22 March 1996 (USA)  »

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$1,116,504, 24 March 1996, Wide Release

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$1,945,552
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1.85 : 1
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At the science fair, Marco calls the students from the competing team mahu(s) which is the Hawaiian word for homosexuals. See more »

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When introducing herself to the students, Ms. Beecher prints her name on the blackboard. It repeatedly changes between printed and cursive throughout the scene. See more »

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Rock You Like A Hurricane
Written by Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, & Herman Rarebell
Performed by Scorpions
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with Polygram Film & TV Licensing
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A sweet little flick
8 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

I thought that Race the Sun was a cute little movie; ironically I've read on-line that it's how poor Eliza Dushku became addicted to cigarettes at age 15! Anyways, the Australian outback is portrayed well (duh,' twas filmed in Sydney I also heard!) Race the Sun is a timeless family movie; based loosley around the true story of a group of under-achieving haawian school-kids who set out to win a solar car race in Australia


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