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Rat Race (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Comedy  |  17 August 2001 (USA)
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Ratings: 6.4/10 from 90,402 users   Metascore: 52/100
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A Las Vegas casino magnate, determined to find a new avenue for wagering, sets up a race for money.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hotel Clerk
Carrie Diamond ...
Casino Bartender
Guy at Bar
Chris Myers ...
Kevin Frazier ...
Renée Lee ...
Witness in Crowd
Cocktail Waitress (as Corinna Harney Jones)
Jane C. Walsh ...
Cocktail Waitress
Merrill Jennings (as Lanai Chapman)


Donald P. Sinclair has placed six separate gold coins in different slot machines in his casino. The lucky six who find these coins discover an opportunity of a lifetime. The chance to own $2 million. Locked up in a locker in New Mexico, these six contestants must now race each other, to be the first to the cash. There are no rules in place and everything that could possibly happen, does. Whilst, behind the scenes, Sinclair's associates are placing their bets. Written by Film_Fan

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563 miles. 9 people. $2 million. 1001 problems!


Adventure | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual references, crude humor, partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 August 2001 (USA)  »

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Rat Race  »

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Box Office


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,662,094 (USA) (17 August 2001)


$1,320,394 (Germany) (30 August 2002)

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Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character is based on a real-life referee. See more »


Immediately after Vera and Merrill first meet, Merrill receives a phone call where she states that some merchandise must ship immediately to get in stores by Mother's Day. Since Mother's Day in the USA always falls in mid-May, we should conclude that this film takes place in April (or possibly early May). Yet this is inconsistent with the fact that Owen had refereed a NFL game just one week earlier, since the superbowl occurs at the end of January, and pre-season play does not start up until August. See more »


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Crazy Credits

The start of the movie has caricatures of the main cast members walking around and interacting with the credits. See more »


References The Amazing Race (2001) See more »


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One of the best non-sense movies
4 February 2006 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

From a point of view it is not convenient to give a very high mark to a movie like this, but I believe that movies have to be rated in different categories. So it could happen that such a movie receives a greater mark than a movie from a different category, which by the way has a greater artistic value.

Anyway, if you like non-sense movies with absurd scenes, this is for you. The movie succeeds without clever jokes, with its hilarious scenes to make fun of the greedy or the "don't know how to spend their money" people. One absurd scene follows the other, and if you like such humor you will soon find yourself convulsed with laughter. Sometimes it may appear forced, but this is a characteristic for the genre. If you just want a fun and action packed movie, this is a very good choice.

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