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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clay Regazzoni
Louis Stanley
Alastair Caldwell
Stirling Moss
Anthony 'Bubbles' Horsley
Teddy Mayer
Harvey 'Doc' Postlethwaite
Augusto Dallara ...
Enzo Ferrari (as Augusto Dall'ara)
Ilario Calvo ...
Luca Di Montezemolo


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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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 USA:

$187,289, 22 September 2013, Limited Release

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Daniel Brühl and Alexandra Maria Lara who play husband and wife Niki and Marlene Lauda are best known for their portrayal of characters in different movies about Adolf Hitler. Brühl is in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Lara is in Downfall (2004). See more »


At the British Grand Prix Hunt is shown winning the race, in reality this was not true. Hunt was involved in a crash at the first corner, ran back to the pits and jumped in the spare car. It was then decided to continue the the race from where the accident happened (several drivers were involved, it wasn't Hunt's fault), meaning that spare cars weren't allowed. However, by then, Hunt's pit crew had managed to fix the suspension on his original car, and he went on to cross the line first. His win was later disallowed because the pit crew had been seen pushing it down the pit lane, meaning that at that point the car was not driveable. 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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Written by Nicky Chinn (as Nicky Chinn) and Mike Chapman (as Mike Chapman)
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Bound to win Academy Award nominations - and rightly so
15 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

In 1976, the rivalry between two brilliant racing car drivers, the British James Hunt and the Austrian Nikki Lauda, came to a head in the almost literally life-and-death struggle of the Formula One championship. American director Ron Howard ("Apollo 13", "A Beautiful Mind", "Frost/Nixon") and British scriptwriter Peter Morgan (both play and screenplay of "Frost/Nixon") have done a terrific job bringing the titanic struggle to the big screen, aided by some excellent casting and powerful sound and cinematography. Those were the days when most years a couple of drivers would be killed, so the stakes could not be higher.

Sensibly the car racing does not over-dominate, since this is essentially a character- driven conflict, but when the racing is on screen - notably in the final race - the excitement is visceral. The Australian Chris Hemsworth (previously best known as "Thor") and the Spanish-born German Daniel Brühl ("Inglourious Basterds") are so good as the British and Austrian drivers respectively that the dialect coaches should receive a special commendation. Arguably Brühl gives the stronger performance which should auger well for his future career.

A great strength of this tale is that there is not a hero or a villain. Both drivers had privileged backgrounds and were superbly talented, but both were flawed. although in very contrasting ways, including styles of thinking, driving and womanising (Olivia Wilde as model Suzy Miller and Alexandra Maria Lara as aristocratic Marlene Knaus respectively).

I never saw the recent film "Senna" (2010) so "Rush" reminded me most of the much older "Grand Prix" (1966), but what is stunning about "Rush" is that it all happened. A season of the fastest sport in the world decided in the last race by one point - you couldn't make it up. Rush to see the movie.

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