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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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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?


Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner were originally attached as producers. Roger Corman, producer of the original Death Race 2000 (1975), had an option agreement with Cruise, with the idea that Cruise would play the lead. This never got off the ground as Cruise was unhappy with the first 3 versions of the script that had been submitted. See more »


When Joe asks his partner to light his cigarette for him he does so, but in the next shot the cigarette is not lit. 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 »


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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

hot women and fast cars, death race is a man's movie
20 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film last night at a premier in Portland Oregon.Im not gonna give away any of the story because there isn't much of one which is fine in this case. Explolsions and murder and hot women plus Jason statham equals good movie. I went into this film expecting it to be disaster,and i say this only because I'm anonymous... it was good. Plenty of wow moments to cringe at and not just me but the whole audience. The driving does get a little repetitive but kudos to the director Paul w.s. Anderson for mixing it up. Plus it is a revenge story which everyone loves. BOTTOM LINE if you want to be entertained and don't mind a some violence see it it is worth the price of admission.

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