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Driven (2001)

 -  Action | Drama | Sport  -  27 April 2001 (USA)
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A young hot shot driver is in the middle of a championship season and is coming apart at the seams. A former CART champion is called in to give him guidance.

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Talented rookie race-car driver Jimmy Bly has started losing his focus and begins to slip in the race rankings. It's no wonder, with the immense pressure being shoveled on him by his overly ambitious promoter brother as well as Bly's romance with his arch rival's girlfriend Sophia. With much riding on Bly, car owner Carl Henry brings former racing star Joe Tanto on board to help Bly. To drive Bly back to the top of the rankings, Tanto must first deal with the emotional scars left over from a tragic racing accident which nearly took his life. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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Get ready for the race of your life. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for language and some intense crash sequences | See all certifications »
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Budget:

$72,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$640,223 (Germany) (16 November 2001)

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$640,223 (Germany) (16 November 2001)
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In the scene before the last race (Detroit), real Champ Car drivers are portrayed doing pre-race rituals. 'Kenny Brack', the driver of the Shell car, tapes a picture of a baby inside his race suit. The baby in the picture is Renny Harlin's son, Lukas. See more »

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When the action is cut with the German weather report, all captions are in German except the one that says "tomorrow". See more »

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[Beau is choosing his career over Sophia]
Beau Brandenburg: This is my life.
Sophia Simone: This is not your life! This is what you do for a living.
Beau Brandenburg: My mind has to be out there, not in here. So right now this is my life.
Sophia Simone: So, what am I? What am I?
Beau Brandenburg: A distraction.
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Above average racing movie
5 January 2002 | by (Camp Crystal Lake) – See all my reviews

There haven't been too many car racing movies that were good. Burt Reynold's 'Stroker Ace' was a good ol' boy comedy that pleased the fans that it was aiming for. Tom Cruise's 'Days Of Thunder' was just so-so. Sly Stallone's 'Driven' was much much better than the two combined. Sly also wrote the screenplay to the movie, which helped tremendously. The plot was decent, but the casting was just so-so. Sly was excellent as the retired car driver brought back into action to mentor a young rookie driver who's losing his edge midway through the season. Reynolds appears here also, this time as the car owner who employs Sly. Burt portrays his stearn character very well. You don't know if you like him or hate him in the movie. The rest of the cast was ok...could have been better, but when you have great racing scenes to make up for it, all is well. Critics & fans blasted this movie for all the wrong reasons. They saw it & expected 'The Deer Hunter'. The movie was made for racing & Stallone fans. Sly's screenplay made me think of Rocky...a retired has-been driver brought back for another chance. His acting & writing were great in the movie. Sly gets criticized often for his acting & roles, but does he make the great action movies to win oscars...? No, he does them for his fans. That's why the fans love him so much. Great work Sly, & I can't wait to see 'Avenging Angelo' in 2002.


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