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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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Young Trixie Shimura
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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 | mach 5 | See All (154) »

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In the world's fastest race, nothing can slow you down. 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:

Race Chasers  »

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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

This is the first time the Wachowski Brothers have filmed a movie in high-definition (HD) film. With this format, they could utilize a layering approach that gave equal clarity to the foreground and background of each scene in the film, creating the appearance of real-life anime. See more »

Goofs

When first visiting the Racer family, Royalton says one line in German - "Pfannkuchen sind Liebchen" - and translates it to "pancakes are love." "Liebchen" is a very old fashioned German word for lover, the correct German sentence would have been "Pfannkuchen sind Liebe." See more »

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[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 set in a montage of kaleidoscopic sequences, racing scenes, and Chim-Chim performing various antics. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.93 (2009) See more »

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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Here it comes, here comes a great movie.
3 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie blew past what my expectations would ever be. Having watched random episodes of the original anime, I was very skeptical as to how one could ever pull off making a live-action adaptation. The Wachowski brothers have pulled it off. The only way possible for this movie to be made was this over-the-top, campy romp through the race tracks. From beginning to end this film delivers a non-stop thrills. Even in the campy scenes that don't serve much plot purpose they held me in. Though it is very CG heavy and campy at times, there is some serious points where it does hit the dramatic mark and even had me emotional at one point. The end is obviously predictable but they do it so well and don't sell out to the really lame gags and rules of good guy - bad guy film-making. The acting was fantastic and they could not have gotten a better cast. This is great where kids can enjoy but also adults will as well with certain jokes and gags with a more mature sense to them I'd say. Old and new fans will not be disappointed. Go see "Speed Racer" go! 9/10


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