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Race the Sun -- Based on a true story, RACE THE SUN tells the story of an attractive new science teacher at Hawaii's Kona Pali High School who takes on a bunch of bored and disillusioned students. When she gives them the inspiration to design and build their own solar-powered car she brings hope back into their world.
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Writer (WGA):
Barry Morrow (written by)
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Release Date:
22 March 1996 (USA) See more »
A dream can make all the difference under the sun.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Halle Berry ... Sandra Beecher

James Belushi ... Frank Machi

Bill Hunter ... Commissioner Hawkes

Casey Affleck ... Daniel Webster

Eliza Dushku ... Cindy Johnson

Kevin Tighe ... Jack Fryman

Anthony Ruivivar ... Eduardo Braz

J. Moki Cho ... Gilbert Tutu

Dion Basco ... Marco Quito
Sara Tanaka ... Uni Kakamura

Nadja Pionilla ... Oni Nagano
Adriane Napualani Uganiza ... Luana Kanahele

Steve Zahn ... Hans Kooiman
Robert Hughes ... Judd Potter

Jeff Truman ... Ed Webster

Joel Edgerton ... Steve Fryman
Tyler Coppin ... Bob Radford

Marshall Napier ... Mr. Cronin
Gabrielle Hammond ... Barb Webster

Robyn Moore ... Mrs. Chang
Michael Burgess ... Guy
John Alansu ... Another Teacher (as John Alan Su)
Gianfranco Negroponte ... Detention Teacher (as John Negro Ponte)

Marc Aden Gray ... Academy Student (as Marc Gray)
Joanne Cahill ... Weigh-In Judge (as Jo-Anne Cahill)

Rick Adams ... Stanford University Guy
Rostislav Orel ... Pavel
Archer Lyttle ... Tom Foote
Piero von Arnim ... Gautier
Amanda Wenban ... Alice Springs Reporter
Jimmy Sadeli ... Hawaiian Reporter
Clarence Dany ... Reporter

Harry Pavlidis ... Reporter

Franko Milostnik ... Reporter
Tim Aris ... Scrutineer
Monroe Reimers ... Football Coach
Jeamin Lee ... Oni's Mother
Kuni Hashimoto ... Oni's Father
Vera Hong ... Detention Student
Prasitt Clifton ... Basket Maker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sara Bailey ... Student (uncredited)
Craig Lane ... (uncredited)

Paul Padagas ... Race Car Driver (uncredited)
Barte Shadlow ... Tech Crew (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles T. Kanganis 
Writing credits
Barry Morrow (written by)

Produced by
Richard Heus .... producer
Barry Morrow .... producer
David Nichols .... executive producer
Herb Squires .... co-producer
Beau St. Clair .... associate producer
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
Cinematography by
David Burr (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Wendy Greene Bricmont 
Casting by
Sharon Bialy 
Anne Johns 
Production Design by
Owen Paterson 
Art Direction by
Richard Hobbs 
Michelle McGahey 
Set Decoration by
Lea Worth 
Costume Design by
Margot Wilson 
Makeup Department
Mary Burton .... makeup artist
Production Management
Laura J. Medina .... production manager: Hawaii
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Heus .... second unit director
Matthew B. Locey .... second assistant director: Hawaii
Andrew Power .... third assistant director
Art Department
Simon Clayton .... set finisher
Nicki Gardiner .... set dresser
Matt Leary .... painter
Sarah Light .... set designer
Catherine Mansill .... assistant art director
Andy Robinson .... painter
Eric Todd .... scenic artist
Philip Worth .... construction coordinator
Chela Fiorini .... art department production assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Franklin Bergad .... sound editor
Mark Levinson .... adr supervisor
Kyrsten Mate .... sound designer (as Kyrsten Mate Comoglio)
John Nutt .... supervising sound editor
David Parker .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Quinn .... dialogue editor
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Williams .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Leo Henry .... special effects technician
Norman McGeoch .... special effects technician
Peter 'Babylon' Owens .... vehicle builder/propmaker
Visual Effects by
Enid Dalkoff .... digital artist
Marc Scott .... digital compositor
Nash Edgerton .... stunts
Colin C.L. Fong .... stunt coordinator
Jonayhan Heaney .... stunt driver (as John Heaney)
Tony Lynch .... stunt performer
Dale Radomski .... stunts
Gavin Wild .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Alcott .... video playback
Jasin Boland .... still photographer
John Breslin .... first assistant camera
Phil Cross .... director of photography: second unit (as Philip M. Cross)
Ross Emery .... camera operator
Matt Inglis .... electrician
Mike Kelly .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mike Kelly .... first assistant camera
Danny Lockett .... grip
Rob Marsh .... clapper loader
Damian Wyvill .... camera operator: second unit
Casting Department
Jane Dawkins .... extras casting assistant
Editorial Department
Andrew Blustain .... assistant editor
Carolyn Calvert .... assistant editor (as Carolyn Horton)
Claudio Sepulveda .... colorist: Video 8 Broadcast
Location Management
Scott Allen Logan .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Alex Gibson .... music editor
Mark Green .... music editor
Gary Jones .... executive music producer
Dan Wallin .... music re-recording mixer
Joshua Winget .... music editor
Norman Ludwin .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Brian Williams .... music designer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Darren Loveday .... picture car coordinator
Tapio Piitulainen .... picture car coordinator
Paul Sullivan .... driver: Halle Berry
Other crew
Ronald Arthur Baker .... caterer
Wenden K. Baldwin .... title design
Jason Bath .... production secretary
Kerry Fetzer .... caterer
Steven R. Kutcher .... entomologist
Terry Lee .... helicopter pilot
Reza Mokhtar .... catering assistant
Arwen Munro .... production secretary
Kevin Plummer .... production accountant
Amanda Scarano .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Sheilah Sullivan .... accountant: second unit
Pamela Willis .... script supervisor

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Rated PG for mild language and a brief incident of teen drinking
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
SDDS (8 channels)

Did You Know?

At the science fair, Marco calls the students from the competing team mahu(s) which is the Hawaiian word for homosexuals.See more »
Continuity: 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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Would have liked it better without the added predictable formula add-ins., 17 August 2012
Author: rogerlovlie from Canada

Would have liked it better without the added predictable formula add-ins. Loosely based on the Konawaena high school team. In 1989, the High School formed a team of students, faculty and community advisers. Using a grant from the State of Hawaii, the team built a final vehicle that won a three and a half day state race against five other schools. As a result of the victory, the State of Hawaii funded the team for the 1990 World Solar Challenge, a 2000 mile race from Darwin to Adelaide, Australia. The team placed 18th overall winning the World Champion high school division. The first high school to officially finish the World Solar Challenge. I give it a 5 only because they added enough non-factual elements to make many viewers unaware of the true story behind it.

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