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Death Race (2008)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  22 August 2008 (USA)
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Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.



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In 2012, amid economic chaos and high unemployment, Americans watch by the millions as criminals with life sentences race armored cars on Terminal Island. Two-thirds of the combatants die but the winner may earn his freedom. On the day he loses his job, steelworker Jensen Ames is arrested for his wife's murder. Sent to Terminal Island, he's offered an out by the steely and manipulative Warden Hennessey - race as the popular mask-wearing (but now dead) champion, Frankenstein, or rot in prison. Jensen makes the bargain. As the three-stage race approaches, he realizes that the whole thing may be a set up - can an anonymous man behind a mask get revenge and win his release? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Get ready for a killer ride. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Race 3000  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,621,090 (USA) (22 August 2008)


£1,920,818 (UK) (10 October 2008)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to writer and director Paul W.S. Anderson, it's a prequel to Death Race 2000 (1975) set 15 to 20 years before even though it's actually set sometime after 2012. See more »


At the end of the second stage fight, when the "armed trailer truck" strikes against a death head, the upper section comes off and gets jerked ahead. There is a side view first followed by a front view. The rear part of this upper section seems to go up inexplicably fast, in the front view after considering side view. See more »


[first lines]
Case: [while being shot at during Death Race] Damn it!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, the line "Okay cocksucker. Fuck with me, and we'll see who shits on the sidewalk" is heard again. See more »


Referenced in Twisted Metal (2012) See more »


5th Set
Written by Mark Maher, Janet English, Damian Whitty
Performed by Spiderbait
Courtesy of Universal Music Australia PTY LTD.
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Twisted Metal meets Mad Max
20 August 2008 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

I was able to attend the advanced screening here in Dallas and must say I enjoyed myself immensely. While anyone going into this film expecting anything more then a thin veil of a plot will be sorely disappointed, it will definitely entertain those who have the right expectations. That said, this is a no holds barred, testosterone fueled thrill ride. Think of the game Twisted Metal, then throw in convicts, a greedy warden looking only at the profit and you have Death Race. While the movie has plenty of explosions, machine guns, armored cars, gore and beautiful females, there was enough humor and sentiment thrown in to make it all seem worthwhile. Definitely an entertaining film, and one that any over-the-top action movie junkie will surely add to their collection.

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