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Dust to Glory (2005)

A documentary on the Baja 1000, an annual off-road race held in Baja, Mexico that attracts hundreds of racers, their souped-up machines, and thousands of fans.

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Mario Andretti ...
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Sal Fish ...
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Robby Gordon ...
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Billy Hammon ...
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Ricky Johnson ...
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Mike McCoy ...
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J.N. Roberts ...
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Lance Strumpf ...
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An action-adventure documentary chronicling the most notorious and dangerous race in the world--the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Rivaling the Indy 500 and 25 Hours of Daytona, the race across Baja's peninsula is unpredictable, grueling and raw--just like the uncharted American West of yesteryear. To capture the vast desert panoramas and intense action of the race, the film team utilized, fifty-five cameras, four helicopters, a four-passenger buggy camera car and a crew of over eighty people. Thousands of participants, generations of families and racing icons such as Robby Gordon, Mario Andretti, Jimmy Vasser and Motorcycle Supercross legend Mike Mouse McCoy joined together to experience the thrill and glory of the infamous race--an event of sheer human determination. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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race | mexico | helicopter | desert | motor | See All (11) »

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There are a few moments in life you feel greatness.


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Rated PG for racing action and peril, and for some language | See all certifications »
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22 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,757, 3 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$639,990, 19 June 2005
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During the introduction of the drivers competing in the Baja 1000, Robbie and Mike Groff were incorrectly labeled. The actual order from left to right; Robbie Groff, Jimmy Vasser and Mike Groff. See more »

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Narrator: the Baja Peninsula: a place between the Old West and the Twilight Zone
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References Step Into Liquid (2003) See more »

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Deft, Compelling, Engrossing
8 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

Not particularly interested in a 1000-mile Baja road race? Don't worry; doesn't matter. As he did with "Step Into Liquid," writer-director Dana Brown hooks you from the get-go, involving you in the subject, the action and, most importantly, the people who participate.

Aside from coping with the logistics of producing this film (a remarkable achievement in itself), the lively and sometimes poetic assemblage of breathtaking photography is impressive enough, but Brown (son of legendary documentarian Bruce Brown) takes the endeavor a step beyond; he's not only a skilled filmmaker, but an excellent reporter, as well. He seeks out and relates the stories behind the action and images by zeroing in on the personalities involved, supplying not only context, but the drama that the added human dimension provides. The passion and commitment of the participants can't help but grab you, and their camaraderie and sense of personal connection make you feel welcomed as "one of the gang" at a family reunion (even if a little envious of the fun they're having).

Backed by Nathan Furst's rousing original score, DUST TO GLORY is, by turns, thrilling, funny, touching, astonishing and terrifying...and always mesmerizing. Regardless of your personal interest - or lack thereof - it's nigh impossible to resist the enthusiasm behind both the race and the film documenting it. Each, in its own way, is a death-defying feat, and together they provide an experience you'd be hard-pressed to find with many other films. As he's done before with surfing, and now the Baja road race, Mr. Brown turned my "I wonder why I rented THIS?" to an "I'm SO glad I watched this." I begin to get the feeling he could make a documentary about basket weaving fascinating. And if he ever makes one, I'll see it.


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