A Las Vegas casino magnate, determined to find a new avenue for wagering, sets up a race for money.


Jerry Zucker


Andy Breckman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Breckin Meyer ... Nick Schaffer
Jenica Bergere ... Hotel Clerk
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Owen Templeton
Carrie Diamond Carrie Diamond ... Casino Bartender
Douglas Haase ... Guy at Bar
Chris Myers Chris Myers ... Fox Sportscaster
Kevin Frazier Kevin Frazier ... Fox Sportscaster
Seth Green ... Duane Cody
Gloria Allred ... Gloria Allred
Vince Vieluf ... Blaine Cody
Renée Lee Renée Lee ... Witness in Crowd
Corinna Jones ... Cocktail Waitress (as Corinna Harney Jones)
Jane C. Walsh Jane C. Walsh ... Cocktail Waitress
Lanei Chapman ... Merrill Jennings (as Lanai Chapman)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Vera Baker


Donald P. Sinclair has placed six separate gold coins in different slot machines in his casino. The lucky six who find these coins discover an opportunity of a lifetime. The chance to own $2 million. Locked up in a locker in New Mexico, these six contestants must now race each other, to be the first to the cash. There are no rules in place and everything that could possibly happen, does. Whilst, behind the scenes, Sinclair's associates are placing their bets. Written by Film_Fan

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual references, crude humor, partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


A deleted scene further exaggerated the gambling habits of Sinclair and his associates; this scene featured them playing Monopoly with real money. See more »


When Tracy and Nick are chasing Shawn in the helicopter scene, the telephone lines and street signs suddenly disappear. See more »


Lucy Impersonator: How about a pit-stop?
Owen Templeton: Sorry, this is a one way flight. There's a bathroom in the back.
Lucy: The latch is broken. Anyone could just walk right in.
Owen Templeton: So? Look, you ain't got nothin' these other Lucys haven't seen before.
Lucy: [man's voice] Not necessarily.
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Crazy Credits

Randy Pear plays the harmonica found in Hitler's Mercedes-Benz. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD contains 6 deleted scenes:
  • A scene in which one of the highrollers questions what they are doing.
  • A scene where the highrollers play monopoly using real money.
  • An additional scene on the Lucy bus.
  • An extended version of the Lucys chasing Owen. In this scene, they are stopped by a bus of Ricky Ricardo lookalikes
  • A scene in which Owen gets a ride from a moving house.
  • An additional scene with the talking cow.
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Spoofs Twister (1996) See more »


I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
Written by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier & Brian Holland
Performed by The Four Tops
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Fun Comedy.
10 November 2019 | by RhapsodyReviewsSee all my reviews

Review: 'Rat Race' is a comedy film directed by Jerry Zucker. It is based on Stanley Kramer's 1963 classic 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World'. I keep for getting about this movie and when I happen to see it on TV, I'm pleasantly surprised. It's one of the best ensembles in a comedy to come out of the 21st Century so far. Eccentric tycoon Donald Sinclair - played by John Cleese - devises a game to entertain the high rollers who visit his Las Vegas casino. He arranges for six competitors to race the 563 miles to Silver City, New Mexico, where the winner's prize of $2 million has been placed in a luggage locker. Unbeknownst to them, Sinclair's wealthy patrons place bets on who will win it all. Everybody in this movie was born to play the roles they were given. If I had to pick a standout it would have to be a tie between Seth Green and Vince Vieluf. They play brother and the way they can play off each other and make the comedy grow in scenes in fantastic. They are hands down the funniest duo in the film. Is it perfect movie? No, or course it's not, it's a fun dumbed down comedy that wants you to have a good time and it succeeds in its mission. If the you don't think the movie is self aware in the fact that it is a ridiculous concept, wait till the ending and you will realise. Overall, anybody can have fun in this movie if you can turn your brain off and see the movie for what it is. 3.5/5

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Release Date:

17 August 2001 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,662,094, 19 August 2001

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