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.

Director:

Paul Bartel

Writers:

Robert Thom (screenplay), Charles B. Griffith (screenplay) (as Charles Griffith) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Frankenstein
Simone Griffeth ... Annie Smith
Sylvester Stallone ... Machine Gun Joe Viterbo
Mary Woronov ... Calamity Jane
Roberta Collins ... Matilda the Hun
Martin Kove ... Nero the Hero
Louisa Moritz ... Myra
Don Steele ... Junior Bruce (as The Real Don Steele)
Joyce Jameson ... Grace Pander
Carle Bensen Carle Bensen ... Harold
Sandy McCallum Sandy McCallum ... Mr. President
Paul L. Ehrmann ... Special Agent (as Paul Laurence)
Harriet Medin ... Thomasina Paine
Vince Trankina Vince Trankina ... Lt. Fury
Bill Morey ... Deacon
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Storyline

In the year 2000--against the backdrop of social turmoil, political unrest, and rampant anarchy--a now-totalitarian United States of America supports a brutal annual event to pacify the masses: the infamous Transcontinental Road Race. Scoring points simply by running over unsuspecting pedestrians, the national champion driver, Frankenstein, has to race against fast contestants such as the beautiful cowgirl killer, Calamity Jane; the neo-Nazi, Matilda the Hun; the Roman gladiator, Nero the Hero, and, first and foremost, the Chicago thug and ambitious challenger, Machine Gun Joe. Who will score the most points in the violent Death Race 2000? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

In The Year 2000 Hit And Run Driving Is No Longer A Felony. It's The National Sport! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi | Sport

Certificate:

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Trivia

Sylvester Stallone's co-star in the "Expendables" movies Jason Statham, stars in the remake of this film. See more »

Goofs

The fake tunnel that sends Matilda The Hun off a cliff changes from flat painted black tunnel to an open cut out between shots. 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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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove a head crushing scene and to edit shots of blood spurts from the car killings and a man's groin being stabbed with Joe's bayonet. All later releases were uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Maker (1997) See more »

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A Parody of a Parody...
14 September 1998 | by GislefSee all my reviews

Death Race parodies so many things it's hard to know where to begin. America-centrism (the government blame the French for everything), professional sports, pro wrestling (the drivers are badly acted "theme" types), Big Brother, and just about everything else you could name. At the same time it panders to the blood lust of the audience with cartoon violence. Sylvester Stallone is hilarious as a driver with the mannerisms of a 30's gangster, practicing on his accent for the Rocky movies. A must -see.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

28 November 1975 (West Germany) See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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