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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
Charles Cabaniss .... stunt driver
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
Gregg Lang .... colorist: dailies
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
Michele LeBlanc .... tax credit and location advisor
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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Also Known As:
"3" - USA (short title)
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Brazil:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Anachronisms: Harry Gant's 1989 Skoal Oldsmobile appears in the 1986 Richmond race, where Earnhardt wrecks Darrell Waltrip.See more »
Dale Earnhardt:All I wanna do is race, Daddy.See more »


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9 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
You can look at this two ways, 12 December 2004
Author: bluzman from United States

I will preface this by say I have been a Dale Earnhardt fan since nearly the beginning of his NASCAR career. Dale was born 2 day before me, which I initially thought was cool, but later became an inspiration to keep at it, always do your best and never give up or accept second best. Additionally, he owned a Chevy dealership which sold vehicle, some of which were made in the GM plant where I work. Fully half of my NASCAR collection is Earnhardt memorabilia.

They casted this movie well, especially Dale. The older race footage was great. Many of the regular scene were well done. But as for the character development...I feel that Hollywood invention was used a little too often, and too many known points were omitted. Granted, much of Ralph Earnhardt had to be created using sketchy material. Surely, there was not a long line of eye witness/friends/acquaintances to draw from. However, there was a lot of Dale info that seems to have been passed over.

Overall, this was not a happy story, start to finish. Yes, there were a few bright moments, but never any happy periods. And there was always a club waiting to knock down any happiness that dared to raise its head. While it makes for a good movie, there are far too many factual stories that create a happier, more optimistic person than the one created in this movie.

Known stuff that coulda/shoulda made it into the movie.

Dale was a AVID hunter and fisherman...not just a person who enjoyed it. He was once quoted as saying the only 3 things he wanted to do his whole life was race, hunt and fish. He also said he couldn't picture a time when he wasn't racing anymore. He frequently appeared on hunting and fishing shows. It was more than a pass time to him. And anyone who saw him on these shows saw a happy, not melancholy individual.

Dale was also a very accomplished guitar player, and a fair singer. Videos of him playing with some of Country Music's biggest star exist. They played one at his funeral. His guitar sat prominently beside his coffin.

Teresa, behind Dale and with Dale built a powerful business empire, including DEI and the aforementioned Chevy dealership. Teresa has a very skilled business mind. Anything with him or his name on it was licensed through DEI. The company made millions off his name, and will for years to come.

Dale loved racing of all kinds, he would be up early talking to other racers about races from all over the world he had listened to on the shortwave or satellite the night before. His veins and arteries were filled with race cars instead of blood.

Dale used to love his fans as much as they loved him. He signed autograph and took pictures more than almost anyone else. One of my friends has a stunning full face of Dale in his car getting ready to go onto the track for practice. When Dale saw the camera, he smiled and waved to my friend. It is poster grade and worth a mint if he ever decides to part with it.

Dale did as much or more to bring up young drivers than anyone else. He loved to see other success as well. Junior, Rob Hornaday, Steve Park, Kevin Harvick are just a few he aided. Despite the way the built and played on the animosity angle between Dale and Darrel Waltrip, who did more to help Darrel's brother Michael? Dale gave the perpetual also ran Michael a ride and coached him to be a winner, lest we forget Michael got his first career win after hundreds of starts just seconds after dale's fatal crash.

Kelly might be the best driver of the Earnhardt kids. Anyone who follows racing knows Kerry has never made it, while Junior is right there at the top. Several people who know the Earnhardts claim Kelly is the best driver of the three kids, but being a girl, never received a chance to prove it.

Aside from that, my one complaint with the movie is the created race action.

It was like Rocky or any martial arts film. While you can bump and grind a lot at a Bristol, Martinsville or other short tracks, the kind of interaction between cars on the bigger tracks just doesn't exist, at least without a crash occurring. It makes for good movie, but the crunches they show on the bigger tracks are fantasy, any true race fans know it.

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