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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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Trivia

The blue six-wheeled Formula One car is a Tyrrell P34. Its design had several technical advantages, and Jody Scheckter did win one race in the car in 1976. But it eventually became uncompetitive due to the weight of its complex front suspension and Goodyear's inability to continue the development of its unique 10-inch tires. The Tyrrell team raced the P34 in 1976 and 1977. See more »

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When Niki Lauda and Marlene Knaus have a breakdown, when the first car doesn't stop you can see the skid marks on the road caused by the second car (which did skid to a stop). The car passes were evidently filmed out of sequence. 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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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.2 (2013) See more »

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Performed by Mud
Written by Nicky Chinn (as Nicky Chinn) and Mike Chapman (as Mike Chapman)
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F1 finally has an amazing film
16 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is an amazing film. I can't recommend it highly enough for F1 fans like me, sports fans, or anyone interested in a story of rivalry i.e. something different to the unoriginal junk movies which get churned out each year.

All the crew involved should pat themselves on the back. They've done a fabulous job making this film critique, explore and honour two memorable F1 drivers.

James Hunt's fun, party lifestyle along with his brash and raw driving talent. This is contrasted against Niki Lauda's methodical thinking, technical brilliance and professional lifestyle. These two characters are total opposites but as their lives are explored it also acknowledges the value of an enemy, i.e. something to beat. I believe this is a commentary on human nature in that the best of us shines when we have something to beat or overcome.

Do yourself a favour and see it now.


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