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Speed Racer (2008)

PG  |   |  Action, Family, Sport  |  9 May 2008 (USA)
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A young driver, Speed Racer, aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Speed's Teacher
Gian Ganziano ...
Everyman Announcer
Local Announcer
Harold Ledermann Announcer
Japanese Announcer
Valery Tscheplanowa ...
Russian Announcer
Sami Loris ...
Italian Announcer
Olivier Marlo ...
French Announcer
Sean McDonagh ...
Celtic Announcer


The story begins with Speed Racer who is a young man with natural racing instincts whose goal is to win The Crucible, a cross-country car racing rally that took the life of his older brother, Rex Racer. Speed is loyal to the family business, run by his parents Pops and Mom. Pops designed Speed's car, the Mach 5. The owner of Royalton Industries makes Speed a lucrative offer, Speed rejects the offer, angering the owner. Speed also uncovers a secret that top corporate interests, including Royalton, are fixing races and cheating to gain profit. With the offer to Speed denied, Royalton wants to ensure that Speed will not win races. Speed finds support from his parents and his girlfriend Trixie and enters The Crucible in a partnership with his one-time rival, Racer X, seeking to rescue his family's business and the racing sport itself. Written by Anthony Pereyra {}

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Speed has no limits. See more »


Action | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for sequences of action, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 May 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£362,102 (UK) (9 May 2008)


$43,929,341 (USA) (1 August 2008)

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Was supposed to be directed by Patrick Read Johnson in the early 90s. J.F. Lawton, Patrick Read Johnson and John Lau wrote the script. See more »


Speed's eyes change from a dominate color (brown) to a recessive color (blue-green), which is impossible. See more »


[first lines]
Race Announcer: All drivers to your cars, please. All drivers to your cars.
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Crazy Credits

The first half of the closing credits is white, with speed lines. The latter half of the closing credits is in luminescent rainbow colours. See more »


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Music by Dick Walter
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User Reviews

An Interesting Transformation from Animation to Live Action!
3 May 2008 | by (Salt Lake City, Utah) – See all my reviews

Personally I have never been a fan of the original animated series, and I wasn't sure what to expect of this movie. After seeing the trailers I thought it looked kind of cheesy and over-done. After watching this I realized that the cheesy graphics, work to it's own advantage. This movie really caught a good look at Live action Speed Racer without losing the characteristics of the Cartoon. I didn't think even the Wachowski brothers could pull this off, but as usual, they did.

As far as the actors performances, Emile Hirsch did exceptional, but my eye was mostly on the brilliant performances by John Goodman, and new comer Paul Litt who plays Spritle, Speed's mischievous little brother. I recommend this for the family, don't wait for the DVD get to the theaters while this stunning cinematography is on the big screen!

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