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Speed Racer (2008)

 -  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
Young Trixie Shimura
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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Plot Keywords:

speed | racer | race | racing | mach 5 | See All (154) »


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:

Race Chasers  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In October 1994, Henry Rollins was offered the role of Racer X. See more »


At the Grand Prix, everyone in the crowd (including the Racer family) makes the exact same movement - once after the second jump-jack of the car, and the second after the commentator shouts "He's back in it!" See more »


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

The Speed Racer (1967) theme (with both English and Japanese lyrics) plays throughout the closing credits. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Shia LaBeouf/My Morning Jacket (2008) See more »


Free Bird
Written by Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Revolutionary film-making
10 November 2008 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

There is no other movie that i can watch bits of that brings tears to my eyes. And i'm pretty sure its the whole package and not just one aspect of the film that does this. The combination of dialog, plot, and cinematography just kicks ass AND its a PG13 movie.

OK, lets talk about WHY this movie was made. Does anyone think it was made just for the money? Glad there's nobody that stupid. But was it made ONLY as a homage to the original Speed Racer? No again. The Wachowski brothers saw an opportunity to make a hugely exciting and original film that explores the concept of being so good at a particular skill that a fair description of it is magic or art. In this case, the skill in question is driving. The style of the film (lots of colour and anime thrown in where possible) embellishes this focus.

Combine this with the usual anti-capitalist themes the Wachowski brothers throw in to all their films (eg, doing things for money is bad, m'kay?) and its not hard to build a obstacle-laden plot that our hero must traverse to make it to the finish line. Some people are complaining about the plot, but i can't for the life of me see what's wrong - it serves to highlight the themes of the movie extremely well. If i must make a criticism it would be that the morals of the film are laid on with a bit of a trowel but as i understand that this is a movie for EVERYONE, i can cut the directors some slack when they are trying to make sure EVERYONE gets the point.

The last thing i would say is that, for me, i can define my friends by this movie. Anyone who isn't tempted to yell out 'Go, Speed Racer, go!' (i said tempted, you don't have to embarrass yourself like i did) is no friend of mine. If you weren't inclined to yell this out, please check you have a pulse.

I just don't hand out 10/10s willy nilly. If you give a movie the highest rating you are saying movies don't get any better. I find it highly ironic that in the same way Speed Racer (the character) would get a 10 for his driving skill, the Wachowski brothers deserve the same for their movie making. If i could give them a score 2 or 3 points higher than everyone else, then i would have to award 12 or 13 out of 10. A pity i can't. What ... a ... movie.

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