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The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

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Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Bruhl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die. Written by P. Morgan

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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$187,289 (USA) (20 September 2013)

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$26,903,709 (USA) (15 November 2013)
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Chris Hemsworth shed 14 kilos to play James Hunt. He originally weighed 98 kilos having bulked up for the titular character in Thor (2011). See more »

Goofs

At the airport sequence at the end of the film (1976), James Hunt and his party are seen in a late 1980s-vintage Lincoln limousine. See more »

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Niki Lauda: Twenty five drivers start every season in Formula One, and each year two of us die. What kind of person does a job like this? Not normal men, for sure. Rebels, lunatics, dreamers. People who are that desperate to make a mark, and are prepared to die trying. My name is Niki Lauda, and racing people know me for two things. The first is my rivalry with him.
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Niki Lauda: I don't know why it became such a big thing. We were just drivers busting each other's balls. To me this is perfectly...
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.6 (2014) See more »

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Ê Baiana
Performed by Clara Nunes
Written by Miguel da Conceiçao Filho Pancracio, Enio Dos Santos Ribeiro, Eladio Gomes Dos Santos, Fabricio Da Silva
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Superb all round
7 September 2013 | by (Peterborough, UK) – See all my reviews

Having seen the trailers and TV set-up (BBC as a Grand Prix insert) I was thinking OK so I've probably seen the best of this and it's going to be 'clunky' in parts or too far up it's own a$$.

But hey we can all be wrong, Ron Howard has added depth to a story I knew well, the presentation has a feel for the era the colour's are sometimes harsh and edgy.

The set pieces are well researched, the owners of some of the classic F1 hardware must have had an enjoyable time (not quite so sure about the Insurance Underwriters).

Where the story hits the spot for me is the acting of the main protagonists, they have life and depth. Hemsworths presentation of James Hunt is uncanny it's like a documentary he's almost as good as Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln.

If your not a F1 fan or from the 70's it may not be more than a blokes film, but give it a go it is going to end up being a important as Apollo 13 in the life of Mr Howard and quite frankly is by far the best car racing movie ever


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