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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Based on a true story. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

27 September 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Гонка  »

Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$26,903,709 (USA) (15 November 2013)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alastair Caldwell, who plays an FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) official in the film, was chief engineer and manager for the McLaren team during the depicted 1976 season. Caldwell acted as the main technical adviser to director Ron Howard on the shoot and is briefly portrayed by actor Stephen Mangan. See more »


On the morning of the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix, Hunt gets out of a bed that shows two other sets of feet. This is the same bed, with the same feet as that shown in a montage of fun-loving Hunt later in the film - where the feet are shown to belong to two air stewardesses. See more »


[first lines]
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.
[James Hunt]
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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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) See more »


The Rocker
Performed by Thin Lizzy
Written by Phil Lynott (as Philip Parris Lynott), Eric Bell and Brian Downey (as Brian Michael Downey)
Courtesy of The Decca Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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User Reviews

The best movie this year so far!
13 September 2013 | by (Taiwan) – See all my reviews

Mr. Ron Howard is a great story teller, this movie is about human nature, love and tears.

It is difficult to make a good movie about car racing, especially to make one for the time period from 1970 to 1976. I don't know how they did it to bring those old F1 cars back to life. You will feel like you are really there watching the racing, it's really unbelievable.

It is truly touching to see each character played their perfect role for this movie, Chris Hemsworth did a great performance, he is such a talented and devoted actor. Daniel Brühl also did a great job on portraying the eccentric and unsociable legendary F1 driver Niki Lauda.

A great movie is like having a great meal, a good starter, a good soup/salad, a good main course and a good dessert, well balanced. Rush is that good meal, it's a fun ride!

I have to say I really enjoyed watching this movie. Thank you Mr. Ron Howard for making this masterpiece.

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