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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:
Jamie de Courcey ...
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:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 'tail number' of James Hunt's plane is G-IFTE or 'Gifted'. See more »


In the film, Niki Lauda makes his Formula One debut with BRM in 1973. In reality, Lauda started several races for the March team in 1971 and 1972. 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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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.6 (2014) See more »


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User Reviews

6 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a breath of fresh air... A brilliant film in every respect. I was lucky enough to this movie at a special preview and I cant tell you how great a film this is... At first you think its about racing cars, but its not it really does give you an insight into the human condition...

The rivalry between Hunt and Lauder is just played brilliantly... The race sequences are superb, really taking you back to the 70s... The heyday of this awesome sport. It shows the end of an era where the gentlemen drivers begin to give way to professional sportsmen and the end (in my opinion) of the excitement of the sport. It shows what a pale reflection today's F1 is of this once great sport, and what great characters we have lost...

A real must see movie

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