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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
Despite having to bend the truth in some areas, the film was warmly received by the most discerning critics, namely, the Formula One industry. When Rush was pre-release screened at the German Grand Prix in July (2013), the audience comprised a group of F1 drivers, team bosses, and British motor sports magnate Bernie Ecclestone. Director Ron Howard declared that the experience was his toughest 'reality' test since screening his Apollo 13 (1995) for NASA's astronauts and mission controllers in 1995. Nevertheless, Rush received a standing ovation. See more »
When Niki Lauda and Marlene Knaus have a breakdown with the Peugeot in their first meeting scene, a Fiat 128 drives past them. This model of the Fiat 128 was first introduced in 1969, the scene takes place in 1975. The model in question is a 128 CL with plastic bumpers, enlarged tail lights and mate black grill. CL's were launched in mid 76. See more »
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.
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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As a Cineworld Card Holder I was invited to a screening last night of Ron Howards new movie Rush.
Before I start...I am not a F1 fan, but I knew enough of the history of the main protagonists to appreciate the film. The main set pieces of the film set a year before I was born in 1976, so mainly my knowledge was based on my Fathers recollection of the events. I'd seen James Hunt in interviews and recently watched footage with Niki Lauda so got an idea of the characters.
The film is bang on in period, cars fashion and sets the tone excellently, the cinematography is nothing short of breathtaking and the fx are very much in keeping with the period, no ridiculous CGI.
The acting, on the whole is nothing short of miraculous, Hemsworth and Bruhl are fantastic, particularly Hemsworth, who's accent, mannerisms and natural acting was a big surprise. I could see a few awards for this role. I have seen Bruhl in quite a few films and I am always impressed so this just continues the trend. All the support actors are very good in smaller roles.
The film is well paced for 2 hours and quite graphic, particularly a few accident scenes.
Direction: Ron Howard - nice job, I'm not a massive fan and particularly after the da vinci/Angels fiasco's a big return to decent form. The flair was there but played safe (As normal) but let the story and the actors take centre stage.
If you like History in F1, a well documented rivalry and a film that capture this, watch it. It is similar to the excellent Control, Moneyball etc but with a bit of heart.
8 1/2 out of 10
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