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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.



Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 14 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »



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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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No Fear. No Limits. No Equal. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 May 2011 (France)  »

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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1.85 : 1
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First-ever documentary film produced by Working Title Films and distributed by Universal Pictures. 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 »


Jean-Marie Balestre: The best decision is my decision!
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Crazy Credits

While the credits roll, we see home movies by the Senna family. See more »


Features Xou da Xuxa (1986) See more »


Bob (Edu K remix)
(Otto (as Otto Ferreira), Bebel Gilberto)
Performed by Otto featuring Bebel Gilberto
Courtesy of Trama Music
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An Exotic Tale of a Truly Unfathomable Legend
22 May 2011 | by (Ottawa Ontario Canada) – See all my reviews

People could be forgiven for not remembering Ayrton Senna De'Silva. Almost 20 years after his death, the true intricacies that embroiled his career and personal life have yet to be unraveled, however this movie does a hell of a job connecting the two in perfect harmony. A bitter sweet taste is left in the mouth of the viewer as they watch a film with subtle undertones of competitiveness and strong hues of emotion. A soulful film, you really find yourself unraveling the charisma and Jues De Vivre that is Senna.

From the offset of the movie you find yourself in a somewhat cheerful, unknowing state, as it lightly unravels his early career in Formula 1, whilst hinting at the precursors that led him there. The hard, pressing, and very tight competition of him against Proust is another aspect that the viewer will find to be nail biting, as you truly begin to see the emotional aspect of Senna open at this point. Thus, the ending could come to a heartbreak to someone who had never heard of Senna. But alas, the legacy that lasts, transcends all documentaries, and all books. For the truly afflicted car/racing fan such as myself, you feel torn, and yet very motivated to be the best you can be.

To the regular viewer, you feel emotionally attached to a man who affected the lives of millions positively in his home country of Brazil. A perfect mix of a movie, in which you can watch as either an auto-racing fan, or someone who has never heard of Senna; It delivers on a highly emotional level, surrounding you in the warmth that he brought to many.

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