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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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Speed's Teacher
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Young Trixie Shimura
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Everyman Announcer
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Harold Ledermann Announcer
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Japanese Announcer
Valery Tscheplanowa ...
Russian Announcer
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Italian Announcer
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French Announcer
Sean McDonagh ...
Celtic Announcer
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Storyline

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 {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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speed | racer | race | racing | driver | See more »

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Speed has no limits. See more »

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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

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£362,102 (UK) (9 May 2008)

Gross:

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

Emile Hirsch was a big fan of the Speed Racer (1967) show, and used to watch it on Cartoon Network. See more »

Goofs

When Royalton visits for the first time, the third button on Mom's shirt is undone. The next time she is visible, the second button is unbuttoned. From then on, all the buttons are buttoned. See more »

Quotes

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

The opening title is set against a red-yellow checkerboard background, in homage of the title card that opened each episode of the English dub of Speed Racer (1967). See more »

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Spin-off Speed Racer (2008) See more »

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Score from the Speed Racer
Classic Television Series (1966-1967)
Written by Nobuyoshi Koshibe
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Absolutely blown away
18 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't have the opportunity to see this movie in the theater and I had to wait for the DVD. After reading the critics ratings, I didn't have high hopes for the movie and mainly bought it since I wanted to learn about some of the special effects on the bonus features. All I have to say about this movie is: WOW! It would be impossible to do a better job translating an animated TV series into a movie. They knocked this one out of the park. I was a casual fan of the series as a kid, so I am not one of those die hard fans who are either easy to please or impossible to please. Where to start? They perfectly captured all the elements of the series and managed to place it in one movie. This is a better translation to film then "The Dark Knight" was. That's saying a lot. Whoever cast this movie should get an Oscar. This was the best cast movie ever! All the actors hit their characters dead on. The special effects were just as impressive as when you saw "The Matrix" for the first time as well. Perfect is the word that best sums up "Speed Racer". I'm not one to give out many 10 stars, but this one definitely deserves it. All the critics who didn't give this movie a great score need to find new jobs. If you don't like this movie, you are definitely not a true fan of movies.


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