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Death Race 2000 (1975)

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In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill's brutality.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frankenstein
... Annie Smith
... Machine Gun Joe Viterbo
... Calamity Jane
... Matilda the Hun
... Nero the Hero
... Myra
... Junior Bruce (as The Real Don Steele)
... Grace Pander
Carle Bensen ... Harold
Sandy McCallum ... Mr. President
Paul L. Ehrmann ... Special Agent (as Paul Laurence)
... Thomasina Paine
Vince Trankina ... Lt. Fury
Bill Morey ... Deacon
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Storyline

A champion of a brutal cross-country car race of the future where pedestrians are run down for points has a change of heart while being hounded by rivals and a conspiracy seeking to stop the race. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Across the town the traffic is MURDER See more »

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Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi | Sport

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Release Date:

27 April 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frankensteins Todesrennen  »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The cars didn't run most of the time, so they had to be pushed down hills in order to get them to move. Moreover, the cameras used to film the cars were undercranked in order to perpetuate the illusion that they were moving faster. See more »

Goofs

When the cars are lining up at the start of the race while being introduced by the announcer, the first car pulls in, and then the Nazi car pulls in to the left of the first one. Then, the next three racers are filmed pulling into the same slot to the immediate left of the Nazi car. See more »

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[Opening; The United Provinces version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played at the fictional New York Memorial Raceway]
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Deacon: O, great American multitude and sports fans everywhere, today we inaugurate the 20th Annual Trans-Continental Road Race. Today, the five bravest young men and women in this greatest of nations will risk their lives in the greatest sporting event since the day the Sparticus! Three days hence, a new American champion will be crowned for all the world to behold, in...
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Stupid? Hardly.
16 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

I'm astonished by the number of reviewers who see this film as "stupid". It has one hell of a witty script, with amazingly accurate jabs at everything from media hype to uber-patriotic propaganda. Just listen to the president blaming everything on "the treacherous French and their stinking European allies". Sounds chillingly like "Freedom Fries", doesn't it?

This wonderful little gem is far more intelligent that it's usually given credit for, and certainly smarter than 99.9% of the films made today. Those who dismiss it as stupid junk because of its outrageous premise are missing the point. I haven't seen anyone write a film this smart in at least 20 years.


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