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Driven (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 27 April 2001 (USA)
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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Rated PG-13 for language and some intense crash sequences | See all certifications »
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$94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,174,504 (USA) (27 April 2001)

Gross:

$32,616,869 (USA) (6 July 2001)
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Trivia

Beau Brandenburg races for Target Ganassi Racing, whose owner is played by Chip Ganassi. In reality, Target Ganassi is an extremely successful CART team owned by the same person. See more »

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At the final race, the announcer says that Bly, Brandenburg and Tanto helped save Moreno even though Tanto sat in the pits the entire time (this possibly has something to do with that scene being rewritten as stated in "alternate versions"). 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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Man, I wanted this movie to be good...
26 July 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

As a big auto racing fan, CART in particular, I awaited this movie since the mid-90's when it was discussed as a Formula One movie. However, Formula One wouldn't allow the access that it did for Grand Prix in 1966, so the director defaulted to the North American CART series. CART allowed unprecedented access to its venues, races, paddock, announcers, drivers, sponsors, etc. But this movie fails in that it is nothing more than an auto racing cliché. As a fan, it's hard to rebuff the blood sport aspect of the sport to those who are not fans. The crashes are incredibly unrealistic, some of the tracks are non-existent and the drivers are paper thin. The scene near the swimming pool with the blonde vixen doing some sort of goofy water aerobics is pathetic. The part where Jimmy Bly steals a car (that happens to be filled with fuel indoors and doesn't need an external starter to run) and drives it through the Chicago streets with Stalone in tow is just ridiculous. And to they get arrested or even prosecuted for this action? No, they just are forced to convey one of the stupidest dialogues in the history of racing movies.

The CART series is in serious trouble in real life. A movie about the excitement of the series, the strategy, the action and the pageantry of racing could have boosted the series back to national respectability. However, this movie just hinders its descent into oblivion with the Can-Am series. It could have been so much more.


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