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The Fast and the Furious (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  22 June 2001 (USA)
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Los Angeles police officer Brian O'Connor must decide where his loyalties really lie when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hector (as Noel Guglielmi)
R.J. de Vera ...
Danny Yamato (as R.J. De Vera)


Los Angeles street racer Dominic Toretto falls under the suspicion of the LAPD as a string of high-speed electronics truck robberies rocks the area. Brian O'Connor, an officer of the LAPD, joins the ranks of Toretto's highly skilled racing crew undercover to convict Toretto. However, O'Connor finds himself both enamored with this new world and in love with Toretto's sister, Mia. As a rival racing crew gains strength, O'Connor must decide where his loyalties really lie. Written by rball4042

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If loyalties must be broken, If the lines must be crossed, do it fast, do it Furious See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Racer X  »

Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$40,089,015 (USA) (22 June 2001)


$799,647 (Switzerland) (2 November 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Walker has stated that he did this film because of the movie "Donnie Brasco" because he thought the role of an undercover cop was a cool idea and he'd like to portray that type of character. See more »


When Brian is being interrogated by Dom and Vince after breaking into Hector's workshop, he says Hector has ordered a Motec System Exhaust for the three Civics. Motec is a manufacturer of engine management systems and data collection devices (electronics, basically). Motec does not make, and has never made exhaust systems. See more »


Dom: Jesse, since you were the first to reach in and grab some chicken, why don't you say grace?
Jesse: [saying grace] Dear Heavenly... uh...
Leon: Spirit.
Jesse: Spirit. Thank you. Thank you for providing us with the direct-port nitrous... uh... injection, four-core intercoolers, an' ball-bearing turbos, and... um... titanium valve springs. Thank you.
Leon: Amen!
Dom: Very nice.
Letty: He was praying to the car gods.
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Crazy Credits

On some prints, after the credits, there is a brief epilogue showing Dominic's fate. He is shown, driving alone in a red Chevelle with black racing stripes, on a desolate road by the coast in Baja, Mexico. He narrates about his life 'I live my life quarter a mile at a time ...'. See more »


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Nocturnal Transmission
Written by BT (as Brian Transeau)
Performed by BT
Courtesy of Warner Music U.K. Ltd./Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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No brains, but this simple movie deserves a look.
2 July 2001 | by (Toronto, Ont. Canada) – See all my reviews

FAST AND THE FURIOUS does not try to be something it is not. Therefore, it surprises me to no end that I will say that FURIOUS is a decent movie. For dialogue, everything is one-lined crazy nonsense. Most characters are ultimately cruel to everyone and each other. Some lame brained antics are done. But it all works out. FAST AND THE FURIOUS is definitely for these times and shows all aspects of the real world and who survives in it through cars and the people that drive them.

After losing his job to Dominic Toretto, an untouchable to some, Brian sets out to win his respect by putting his car on the line against the speed demon. Meanwhile, the cops are desperately seeking the perpetrators of several truck hijackings and believe Toretto is the man behind it.

With a built of guilt in me, I am proud of saying that FURIOUS was impressive in its execution. The editing was top notch, the camera work well laid out and some surprising acting from a script made of cardboard. There was not much you could do with FURIOUS, but then it starts to feature more on the engines than the cars themselves. It also never forgets the story. FAST AND THE FURIOUS smokes the competition in its genre, if only for the moment.

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