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Driven (2001)

PG-13 | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Verona Pooth ...
Nina (as Verona Feldbusch)
Ingrid (as Jasmine Wagner)
Team Owner
John Della Penna ...
Team Manager
Dan Duran ...
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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 »


Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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



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Release Date:

27 April 2001 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,174,504, 29 April 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,616,869, 8 July 2001
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sylvester Stallone originally conceived the film as a biopic of Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna, a very popular three time Formula One champion who tragically died during a race in 1994. See more »


After the last race, Joe Tanto takes off his driving gloves, which are clean, and reveals dirty hands meant to be a result of the race. See more »


[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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References All About Eve (1950) See more »


Performed by Ohio Players
Written by Willie Beck (as William Beck), Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner (as Leroy Bonner),
Eugene Jones, Ralph Middlebrooks, Marvin Pierce, Clarence Satchell & Rodger Williams
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Special Enterprise
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Fun Movie; Great DVD
19 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

I am very surprised by how poorly this film has been received by the movie-going public. Both professional film critics from around the country as well as people from the general public are often tearing this film apart on every level - characters are underdeveloped, the editing is too choppy, the story is too simple, etc. I think that people are being overly harsh, by a lot.

DRIVEN is a fun, highly entertaining film that I would recommend to most people. I must admit, however, that I have a soft spot for both Renny Harlin and Sly Stallone. Regarding Renny, I am a fan of Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, and Deep Blue Sea (though I was not as impressed with Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight). I really like his style of film-making and the way he shoots his action sequences. I realize that his films are not worthy of Academy Awards, but they do succeed in what they set out to do. Regarding Sly, I grew up on the Rocky and Rambo films and have been a fan of his for many years. I see all of his movies in the theater, and I've recently been disappointed by some of his choices. Get Carter was fine, but not as good as I had hoped it would be. Thus, when DRIVEN was released I had high hopes for it and really wanted it to be good. As it turns out, I was quite pleased.

Rather than discuss the plot of the film, which can be found in many reviews all over the Web, I thought I should mention The DRIVEN DVD that I just purchased. The DVD is full of extras, all of which are very interesting. Renny's running commentary is engaging, and the behind the scenes featurettes are also quite informative. What is most interesting is the 50 minutes of deleted scenes that are accompanied by a Stallone commentary. Here we get to watch scenes that were cut from the film and hear from Stallone what the original intent of the scenes were. It turns out that the original cut of the film was 4 and a half hours long. Clearly, Sly wrote a script that was filled with character development, but most of those scenes were cut in order to speed up the pacing of the film. This is too bad, because I feel that the inclusion of some of these scenes would have made the film stronger. Also, the DVD looks and sounds amazing. The picture is sharp and the Dolby Digital sound is incredible.

If you are curious about this movie, I think that it is worth a rental, at least. It may not be for everybody, but I think that it's much more fun that most of the movies that came out this summer.

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