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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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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.

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Later on when Dale is in his late teens and racing the pink k-2 Ford, there are scenes with the front bumper, then without, then with, then without. You'll have to rerun it a couple of times using the pause & rewind, but you'll notice. See more »

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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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It's a movie!
13 December 2004 | by (Canton,Ohio) – See all my reviews

To those of you complaining that this picture isn't this or it doesn't do that ... IT'S JUST A MOVIE.

I am a NASCAR fan, though not an Earnhardt fan. I enjoyed the movie and thought it offered a little insight into what made Dale Earnhardt tick

  • from his relationship with his father and failed loves to the


relationship with his own children.

Barry Pepper did an admirable job portraying Earnhardt. Kudos to him.

The film gave you the basic story andn did as well as it could in two hours. Hey, that's a lot of ground to cover!

As far as footage not being shot at every track, again - it's a movie!

There are far worse things on TV today, like Survivor and all that reality dreck. This was entertaining.

I would have liked more of a look at the behind-the-scenes stuff at the tracks, such as how The Intimidator interacted with other drivers.

How about 3 II!


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