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Writer (WGA):
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Release Date:
11 December 2004 (USA) See more »
One man, One sport. One nation.
Barry Pepper portrays legendary race car drive Dale Earnhardt, who died in 2001 during the last lap of the Daytona 500. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Barry Pepper ... Dale Earnhardt

Elizabeth Mitchell ... Teresa Earnhardt

Ernest Whitted ... Pit Crowd

Andrea Powell ... Martha Earnhardt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sean Bridgers ... Neil Bonnett

Joe Chrest ... Jake Elder

Russell Cook ... Press Conference VIP

Teresa Delgado ... Kelly Earnhardt

Traci Dinwiddie ... Connie

Tricia Dyar ... Daisy (as Tricia Quattlebaum)

Corri English ... Kelly Earnhardt
Michael Flippo ... Wayne Robertson
Daniel Freeze ... Dale Pit Crew

Frank Glidden ... Kerry
Craig S. Harper ... Kenny Schrader
Andy Hillenburg ... Deke
Kenneth M. Johnston ... Darrell Waltrip Pit Crew Member

Jim Keisler ... GM Executive

Andrea Kfoury ... Marion
James G. Martin Jr. ... Dwayne
Chad McCumbee ... Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Marshal McGee ... Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Ron Prather ... Richard Childress
Brandi Ryans ... Brenda Gee

David Sherrill ... H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler

Lori Beth Sikes ... Latane Brown (as Lori Beth Edgeman)

J.K. Simmons ... Ralph Earnhardt

Zachary Dylan Smith ... Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Kevin Stillwell ... Rod Osterland

Greg Thompson ... Darrell Waltrip

Olivia Weston ... Dale's Mistress
David Wilson ... GM Executive

Directed by
Russell Mulcahy 
Writing credits
Robert Eisele (written by)

Produced by
Orly Adelson .... producer
Jonathan Eskenas .... co-producer
Barry Pepper .... co-executive producer
Lynn Raynor .... producer
Skip Schoolnik .... post-production producer
Original Music by
Louis Febre 
Cinematography by
James Chressanthis 
Film Editing by
William B. Stich 
Casting by
Craig Fincannon 
Libby Goldstein 
Production Design by
Michael Baugh 
Art Direction by
Jim Gloster 
Costume Design by
Michael T. Boyd 
Makeup Department
Coni Andress .... key hair stylist
John R. Bayless .... key makeup artist
Julie Delaney .... hair stylist
Rita Parillo .... key hair stylist
Jennifer Santiago .... assistant hair stylist
Chris Varosky .... assistant makeup artist
Leigh Ann Yandle .... makeup artist
Production Management
Burke Magnus .... executive production manager
Will Staeger .... executive production manager
Andrew Stone .... unit production manager
Ron Wechsler .... executive production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karen Estelle Collins .... second assistant director
Barbara D'Alessandro .... first assistant director: second unit
Steve Kelso .... second unit director
Daniel R. Suhart .... second second assistant director
Jerram A. Swartz .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tiffany Apple .... art department coordinator
Kip Bartlett .... assistant property master
William S. Lake .... gang boss
Barb Livingston .... buyer
Gregory Messer .... assistant property master
Kelly Rubottom .... on-set dresser
Richard Waldrop .... property master
Sound Department
Bill Bell .... sound editor
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Mike Dickeson .... sound editor
Joy Ealy .... sound editor
Mark Friedgen .... supervising sound editor
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Anton Holden .... sound editor
Charlie Kolander .... sound editor
Gary Macheel .... sound editor
Kathryn Madsen .... adr editor
Adriane Marfiak .... sound editor
Marshall McGee .... boom operator
Jill Schachne .... foley artist (as Jill Sanders)
Steven R. Smith .... sound mixer
Richard S. Steele .... sound editor (as Rick Steele)
Tim Terusa .... sound editor
Steve Schwartzberg .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ray Bivins .... special effects coordinator
Jay Hawley .... stunt driver
Steve Kelso .... stunt coordinator
Robert Nagle .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Monica Barrios-Smith .... second assistant camera
Travis Bell .... still photographer
Raymond Benthall .... set electrician
Patrick Borowiak .... assistant camera
Joe D'Alessandro .... camera operator: second unit
Chris Dambra .... best boy electric
Ben D. Griffith Jr. .... grip
Edward A. Gutentag .... Steadicam operator
Edward A. Gutentag .... camera operator: "b" camera
Edward A. Gutentag .... director of photography: second unit
Matt Heath .... additional assistant camera
Charles Laughon .... playback operator
John McIntyre .... second assistant camera
Mark C. McManus .... video assist operator: second unit
Alan Newcomb .... film loader
Bob Newcomb .... camera operator: "a" camera
Bob Newcomb .... director of photography: second unit
Timothy Oates .... video assist operator
Cristiano Palermi .... lighting technician
Mike Repeta .... first assistant camera: 2nd unit
Christian Satrazemis .... assistant camera
Damian Smith .... second assistant camera: second unit
Dave Spencer .... grip
James Tomaro .... gaffer
Bo Webb .... assistant camera
Sean Yaple .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Casting Department
Pressley Carter .... extras casting assistant
Tona B. Dahlquist .... extras casting
Debbie George .... casting assistant
Michelle Levy .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
K. Drew Fuller .... key costumer
Keva Keyes .... set costumer
Joe McCloskey .... costumes supervisor
Janet Melody .... costumer
Editorial Department
Skip Schoolnik .... additional editor
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis Natale .... composer: additional music (as Lou Natale)
Chris McGeary .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jon Bergholz .... transportation captain
Tina Del Castillo .... driver
Robert Gillis .... driver
Mitch Harbeson .... driver
Genna Long .... driver
Kim Smallwood .... picture car assistant
Tim J. Walters .... picture car coordinator
Todd Luckey .... production van operator (uncredited)
Dave Marcis .... picture vehicles (uncredited)
Other crew
Allyson Abernethy .... production assistant
Jerome Butler .... dialect coach: Mr. Pepper, Mr. Simmons - uncredited
Alex Capaldi .... additional set production assistant
Rose Cox .... craft service
Beth Curran .... first assistant accountant
Rick Fisher .... assistant location manager
I. Karl Golden .... location manager
Jason Allen King .... production assistant
Kristina Lankford .... dialect coach
Janet Melody .... textile artist
George Peroulas .... stand-in
Christine Peymani .... assistant to executive producer
Jerry Punch .... technical advisor
Nancy Ramey .... production accountant
Chad Wheeler .... set production assistant
Rachel Brewer .... stand-in (uncredited)
Brooke Hopkins .... assistant to producer (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"3" - USA (short title)
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Brazil:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »

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Factual errors: Though the cars used in re-enacting the races of the 1970s and 1980s are authentically correct, the track billboards are not. You can see the current Pepsi logo on one of the billboards. Also, Sunoco (the current fuel supplier of NASCAR since 2003) has their logos on the track when the fuel supplier of NASCAR during Earnhardt's era was 76.See more »
Dale Earnhardt:[helping Dale Jr. strap into a racecar] Wipe that look off your face, Dale. You'll wind up as ugly as me.See more »


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Earnhardt Film Flawed, but Well-Made..., 15 December 2004
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

"3: The Dale Earnhardt Story" isn't going to win a lot of non-Nascar fans over to the sport, but as a biography, it is well-made, offers some believable insights on what made Earnhardt the often enigmatic person he was, and, in Barry Pepper, provides an eerily close approximation to the 'look' and 'feel' of the racing legend. Pepper will certainly receive an Emmy nomination for the role, and delivers such a powerful portrayal that you nearly forget how good the rest of the cast is.

While Elizabeth Mitchell is more glamorous than the real Teresa Earnhardt, she is quite solid and believable in the role; to truly appreciate how important Teresa's intelligence and business acumen were to Dale, it would have required a much longer movie, and might have seriously tilted the story away from Dale's other relationships, and the balance that Pepper and director Russell Mulcahy achieved.

Dale's early years come off best in the film, with a wonderful performance by J.K. Simmons as the inspirational Ralph Earnhardt. The grittiness and 'backwoods blue-collar' feel of Earnhardt's upbringing is well-conveyed, and reminiscent of "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "The River". The film loses a bit of steam when Dale begins racing, and as he achieves success, a lot of memorable moments had to be edited out, or telescoped down, which has disappointed some Earnhardt fans. Considering the time and budget constraints, however, I found the story to be remarkably accurate.

The young actors who portrayed Dale's children as adults should be singled out for recognition; race car driver/first-time actor Chad Mcumbee, while low-key, is pretty impressive as Dale Jr., conveying both a pride in his father, and frustration in being 'held back' so he could complete his education before being permitted to race; Corri English, while too cute, has an infectious smile and manner, and exhibits the Earnhardt joy of fast cars; best of all is newcomer Frank Glidden as oldest son Kerry, who, in a few brief scenes, offers a balanced, sensitive interpretation of the son Dale abandoned, finally winning his father's attention and respect, even as he sees Dale Jr. outshining him on the track. I look forward to seeing more of Glidden's work in future!

While there will certainly be a more detailed and polished feature film about Earnhardt in the future, this ESPN production is not without it's own merits, and provides an entertaining, dramatic overview of the racing legend's life.

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