Senna (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Biography, Sport  |  12 November 2010 (Brazil)
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A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself (archive footage)
Frank Williams ...
Ron Dennis ...
Viviane Senna ...
Milton da Silva ...
Neide Senna ...
Sid Watkins ...
Galvão Bueno ...
Reginaldo Leme ...
Gerhard Berger ...
Nelson Piquet ...
Nigel Mansell ...
Jean-Marie Balestre ...


The story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80's, the film follows Senna's struggles both on track against his nemesis, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport. Sublime, spiritual yet, on occasion, ruthless - Senna conquers and transcends Formula One to become a global superstar. Privately, he is humble, almost shy, and fiercely patriotic, donating millions to his native Brasil and contemplating a life beyond motor-racing. Yet he is struck down in his prime on the blackest weekend in the history of the sport, watched live on television by 300 million people. Years on he is revered in Formula One as the greatest motor racing driver of all time - and in Brasil as a Saint. Written by Anonymous

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The legend of the greatest driver who ever lived. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 November 2010 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Сенна  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$73,497 (USA) (12 August 2011)


$1,612,430 (USA) (18 November 2011)

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Did You Know?


The father of James Gay-Rees worked at John Player Special, cigarette company that sponsored the Lotus team in 1985, during which Ayrton Senna was the pilot. According to the producer, the making of Senna came from the constant praise that his father did to the, at the time, young driver. See more »


At the end, a title card referring to Senna's fatal accident reads "There has not been a fatality in Formula One since." This is now inaccurate following the death of Formula One driver Jules Bianchi following injuries sustained at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

Also, two marshals have been killed during races in Italy and Australia. There is also the F1 test driver Maria de Vallota, who died as a result of an accident during testing. See more »


Sid Watkins: [after the death of Roland Ratzenberger] Ayrton got very, very upset and cried a bit, and that's when I said to him, you know Ayrton you've been three times world champion, you're the fastest man in the world, and you like fishing. So I said why don't you quit, and I'll quit, and we'll just go fishing. And he said Sid, I can't quit.
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Referenced in Countdown: Episode #72.62 (2015) See more »


A Morte
From the motion picture "Behind The Sun"
Written and performed by Antonio Pinto
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Perfect narrative, thrilling documentary, wonderful music, pure emotion!
28 November 2010 | by (Brazil - Porto Alegre) – See all my reviews

This documentary is flawless, it's narrative perfect, it's thrilling, I could not imagine another way of depicting this awesome history. The soundtrack is great, the documentary flows in such a wonderful way, real drama, marvelous histories, some funny parts as well, it's life in it's beauty and it's true form.

We get to know so many things about the formula 1 politics and internal struggles at that period.

Memorable sentences from the documentary:

Senna: -¨Formula 1 is too much money, too much politics¨

Jean-Marie Balestre (FIA ex-President): -¨The best decision is my decision¨

It's so exciting to see the rivalry between Alain Prost and Senna, possibly one of the greatest duels on the history of sports. There are few movies/documentaries that I would give a ¨11¨ out of 10 and this is one, together with amazing documentary Bus 174, from José Padilha (the director of Elite Squad).

A documentary is good when is true to reality, and is awesome when is great to watch as ¨Senna¨ is, a perfect tribute to such a hero. The history of Senna is so inspiring, he is a true champion by all means, as a professional, and as a human being, that's way this is for sure a "must see movie".

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