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1 -- '"1" tells the story of a generation of Formula 1 drivers during the sport's deadliest period-those who risked their lives racing on the edge, and those who stood up to change the sport forever.
1 -- Set in the golden era of Grand Prix Racing, 1 tells the story of a generation of charismatic drivers who raced on the edge, risking their lives during Formula 1's deadliest period, and the men who stood up and changed the sport forever.


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The True Story of the Drivers Who Risked Their Lives and Changed the Sport Forever
Set in the golden era of Grand Prix Racing '1' tells the story of a generation of charismatic drivers who raced on the edge, risking their lives during Formula 1's deadliest period, and the men who stood up and changed the sport forever. | Add synopsis »
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Michael Fassbender ... Narrator

Niki Lauda ... Himself

Lewis Hamilton ... Himself

Michael Schumacher ... Himself
Mario Andretti ... Himself
Eddie Jordan ... Himself

Jackie Stewart ... Himself

Jenson Button ... Himself
Sebastian Vettel ... Himself
Damon Hill ... Himself
Bernie Ecclestone ... Himself
Nigel Mansell ... Himself
Martin Brundle ... Himself
Jacky Ickx ... Himself
Emerson Fittipaldi ... Himself
Freddie Hunt ... Himself
Jody Scheckter ... Himself
Max Mosley ... Himself
Robert Kubica ... Himself - Polish Formula One Driver
Sid Watkins ... Himself
Jane Birbeck ... Herself
Brigitte Hill ... Herself
John Hogan ... Himself
Nina Rindt ... Herself (archive footage)
Nigel Roebuck ... Himself
Koen Vergeer ... Himself
Eddie Dennis ... Himself
Herbie Blash ... Himself
Clive Chapman ... Himself
John Surtees ... Himself
Sally Swart ... Herself
Maurice Hamilton ... Himself
Roy Topp ... Himself
John Barnard ... Himself
Lord Hesketh ... Himself
Jo Ramirez ... Himself
Colin Chapman ... Himself (archive footage)
John Watson ... Himself
Paddy McNally ... Himself
John Miles ... Himself
Brett Lunger ... Himself
François Cévert ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Enzo Ferrari ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

James Hunt ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ronnie Peterson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Peter Revson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ayrton Senna ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Roger Williamson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Crowder 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Monroe 

Produced by
Tobin Armbrust .... executive producer
Jonathan Bracey-Gibbon .... associate producer
Alexander Yves Brunner .... executive producer
Guy East .... executive producer
Michele Farinola .... co-producer
Nicholas Ferrall .... associate producer: Spitfire Pictures
Rodney Frazier .... co-producer
Mike Montgomery .... co-producer
Michael Shevloff .... producer
Nigel Sinclair .... producer
Alison Taupier .... co-producer
Ian Watermeier .... co-producer
Glen Zipper .... executive producer
Original Music by
Matter Music (original music by)
Film Editing by
Paul Crowder 
Production Management
Jamie Boulton .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Lon Bender .... supervising sound editor
Beau Borders .... co-supervising sound editor
Beau Borders .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeremy B. Davis .... sound effects editor
William R. Dean .... co-supervising sound editor (as Bill Dean)
William R. Dean .... sound designer (as Bill Dean)
Alan Hayslip .... sound effects librarian
Nicholas Interlandi .... sound editor
Andy Koyama .... sound re-recording mixer
Ryan Meadows .... sound designer
Ceri Thomas .... mix technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Pedro Guimaraes .... steadicam operator: 3D
John Betancourt .... ultimate arm operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Robert Benedict .... assistant editor
Jamie Boulton .... additional editor
Jamie Boulton .... first assistant editor
Alexandra De La Vega .... post-production supervisor
Vince Forcier .... assistant editor
Dion Hawley .... on-line editor
Andy Lichtstein .... digital colorist
Lara Mazzawi .... first assistant editor
David Palmer .... additional editor
Andrew Payne .... additional editor
Juan Rodriguez .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ric Markmann .... musical director
Dan Pinnella .... musical director
Chris Wagner .... musical director
Transportation Department
Brian Mussetter .... camera car driver
Other crew
Pavel P. Bozhkov .... production assistant
Kate Coe .... archival research and clearances
Andy Gosche .... producers asssistant
Beau Ste. Marie .... post prodution coordinator

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Factual errors: In a late "newspaper clippings" montage (around the 1994 Imola weekend) Rubens Barrichello's name is misspelled.See more »


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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Interesting but unfocused documentary, 9 July 2014
Author: Scaramanga from United Kingdom

Coming in the wake of Senna and Rush, F1 has been spoiled in recent years. Despite production starting before either of the former films, 1: Life on the Limit is the last to be released, and suffers a little because of it.

I had the privilege of seeing this film screened at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix weekend, and what an arena to see it in, surrounded by Formula One Fans of all ages!

The film tells the history of Formula One, from its beginnings right up to the 2012 season, (Sebastian Vettel is credited as "3 time world champion"). Bookended by Martin Brundle's horror crash at the Australian Grand Prix in 1996 where he ran back to the pits and simply got in the spare car to take the restart, the documentary struggles to find the story it is trying to tell. Is it the evolution of safety, or a straight documentary about the history of Formula One?

As a story about the strides made in safety, the story seems to finish with Brundle's crash highlighting that it was just 2 years after the death of Ayrton Senna, but then goes on for a while after that, leading more towards it being aimed as a story about the history of F1.

As a history of F1, it doesn't offer much more than a long-time follower of F1 wouldn't know, but does offer little morsels that may be unfamiliar to some people, such as how Bernie Ecclestone became one of the most influential people in world sports, or Jacky Ickx, the driver who rebelled against the drivers union when they attempted to strike over safety concerns.

But with 64 years of history to cover, the documentary does not really have the time to go into much depth over the stories and personalities involved, and comes across as a little shallow as a result.

Having said that, I would recommend this film to anyone with a passing interest in F1 as a springboard to other stories within F1 and adding context to the names of legends that are still revered by F1 drivers and fans alike, especially after seeing Rush, but possibly before seeing Senna as the Senna section of this film does leave you feeling a little short-changed.

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