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Death Race (2008)

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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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Storyline

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 race. 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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,621,090, 22 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,316,032

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,677,515
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Coach talks to Jensen about having previously qualified for parole he states: "Got as far as the gate. They got a name for it, something-or-other syndrome." the mental illness he is referring to is called Post Incarceration Syndrome, and is comparable to PTSD. Sufferers report symptoms included (but not limited to) anxiety, panic attacks, confusion, paranoia, flashbacks and sleep disturbances. Many suffers struggle with adapting to the outside world as society has progressed and while incarcerated they have been unable to keep up with this progression and feel isolated. See more »

Goofs

When Pachenko flips his car after hitting the steel support you can see that the car has 3 Racing tires and 1 regular as well as the rig used to set it up but in the shot after the car returns to 4 racing slicks. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Maybe Tomorrow
Written by Stuart Cable, Kelly Jones, Richard Jones
Performed by Stereophonics
Courtesy of V2 Music Limited
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

 
hot women and fast cars, death race is a man's movie
20 August 2008 | by 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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