3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (2004)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  11 December 2004 (USA)
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Barry Pepper portrays legendary race car drive Dale Earnhardt, who died in 2001 during the last lap of the Daytona 500.



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Credited cast:
Teresa Earnhardt
Pit Crowd
Martha Earnhardt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neil Bonnett
Jake Elder
Press Conference VIP
Kelly Earnhardt
Daisy (as Tricia Quattlebaum)
Kelly Earnhardt
Michael Flippo ...
Wayne Robertson
Daniel Freeze ...
Dale Pit Crew
Craig S. Harper ...
Kenny Schrader


Biographical story of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. starts with his young life and growing up with his father, Ralph, who raced for a living, but initially wanted more for his son. When Dale quits high school to start driving full time, his father aids him and shows a reluctant pride when he is initially successful. Armed with many of his father's philosophies, Dale pushed himself to be the best. His aggressive track mannerisms earned himself fans and detractors. Fellow racer Neil Bonnett was one of those long time friends and whose death deeply affected Dale. Darrell Waltrip clearly was a detractor and the two men's rivalry is clearly depicted. Off the track, Dale's determination to make it impacts two marriages. Third wife Theresa was closer to racing and met Dale when he had started his rise into the Winston Cup circuit. The story also looks at his relationship with his children, particularly son Kerry from his first marriage and whom he did not see again after age 5 until Kerry in his late ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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One man, One sport. One nation.


Biography | Drama | Sport



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In a scene set in the mid-1970s, Dale Earnhardt places money that he won by winning a race on a table. On top of the stack is a $20 bill with a design that was introduced in 1998. See more »


Ralph Earnhardt: The winner ain't the one with the fastest car, son. It's just the one who refuses to lose.
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All I wanna do is race, Daddy.
23 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am sure this was a good movie for those who knew who Dale Earhart was BEFORE he died. For the rest of us, it is just OK.

The movie stars Barry Pepper as Dale Earnhart. Pepper has done some good work before (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The Green Mile), and puts forth an excellent performance here.

J.K. Simmons (The Closer, Law & Order) was also very good as Ralph Earnhart, Dale's father.

As I said, if you are into NASCAR, then you will enjoy this movie. Of course, if you are a rabid NASCAR and Dale Earnhart fan, then I doubt that 88 minutes will satisfy you.

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