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Speed Racer (2008)

PG | | Action, Family, Sci-Fi | 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

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Gian Ganziano ...
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Harold Ledermann Announcer
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Sami Loris ...
Italian Announcer
Olivier Marlo ...
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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Genres:

Action | Family | Sci-Fi | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$18,561,337, 11 May 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,945,766, 7 August 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,945,766
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was a first in many technical areas, but two stand-out: it was the first film to employ the Sony F23 digital film camera and also to record in parallel to Sony HDCAM SR for archive masters; and the first to employ Codex digital data recorders for on-set uncompressed HD playback, digital dailies and file generation for editing and VFX. See more »

Goofs

Any time a large of number of spectators are shown in the audience of a race, close inspection shows that they are the same extras shown over and over. 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 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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Bewitched
Written by Richard Rodgers and by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Les Paul and Mary Ford
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Artistic Perfection
9 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Everyone around me told me it was going to be terrible. Early reviews said that it was nothing special. With these planted doubts, I still went to see it in IMax. As of right now, it is the greatest experience I have ever had in a movie theater.

This movie was pure fun. The Wachowskis truly know how to take risks. They just took their art and ran with it. All the actors were terrific. I especially gives props to the actor who played the youngest Racer brother. Honestly, I thought that boy would sink the film but after seeing it, Speed Racer would not have been half as fun without him and the monkey.

This is most visually stunning film to date, with a climax that continues to climb and climb. I wanted to jump out of my chair and cheer for Speed at almost everything. Granted, the film was predictable, but I didn't care. I still held my breath at all the moments, asking myself if Speed would be able to pull it off. I've never smiled through a movie as much as I have with this one in a long time.

Huge 10/10 for Speed Racer and a big thank you to everyone involved in making this masterpiece. My kids will be watching this film. If there is a Speed Racer 2, I am there.


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