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Safari 3000 (1980)

PG | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | May 1982 (USA)
Reporter J.J. Dalton wants to write a story about a gruelling three thousand kilometer auto rally through Africa. When her deal to ride with a driver falls through, she hires ex-stuntman ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Hurwitz

Writers:

Michael Harreschou (screenplay), Jules V. Levy (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Eddie Miles
Stockard Channing ... J.J. Dalton
Christopher Lee ... Count Borgia
Hamilton Camp ... Feodor
Ian Yule ... Freddie Selkirk
Hugh Rouse Hugh Rouse ... Brigadier Hawthorne
Mary Ann Berold Mary Ann Berold ... Victoria Hawthorne
Peter J. Elliott Peter J. Elliott ... Stewart Simmons
Cocky Tlhotlhalemaje Cocky Tlhotlhalemaje ... Rally Car Salesman (as Cocky Two Bull)
Ben Masinga Ben Masinga ... Zulu Chief
James White James White ... Lou Reiner
Mackson Ngobeni Mackson Ngobeni ... Judge Urpa
Sam Williams Sam Williams ... Dirty Hahurry
Fanyana H. Sidumo Fanyana H. Sidumo ... Kitu
Eric Flynn Eric Flynn ... Rally Team Interviewer
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Storyline

Reporter J.J. Dalton wants to write a story about a gruelling three thousand kilometer auto rally through Africa. When her deal to ride with a driver falls through, she hires ex-stuntman Eddie Miles, who is racing against his former employer, the ruthless Count Borgia, who becomes their hardest and meanest competitor in the rally. Borgia and his sidekick Feodor do all they can to thwart the other drivers, but luck and love are on J.J. and Eddie's side. Written by skpurplevamp

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The race that drove Africa wild!


Certificate:

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Country:

USA | South Africa

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rally See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Production Co:

Levy-Gardner-Laven See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Christopher Lee's last line in the movie, "La commedia e finita", is the last line of Ruggero Leoncavallo's tragic opera "I Pagliacci". It means, "The comedy is over." See more »

Goofs

Pretty much any time Christopher Lee is driving in the car with his sidekick, the camera is visible in the reflection on the sidekicks helmet. This starts at the beginning of the race and continues throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

Feodor: [sings] Baboons on the road, what kind of sign is this? Baboons on the road, is this the end of bliss? I would rather see a rain of toads than hear that call: baboons on the road! I would rather see a rain of toads than hear that call, baboons on the road!
Count Borgia: Feodor, you know that I am fluent in twelve languages. Amongst all those noble and ancient tongues, there is but one solitary word that describes you with complete and total accuracy: putz.
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SAFARI 3000 (Harry Hurwitz, 1982) **
1 September 2015 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Made in the wake of THE CANNONBALL RUN (1981), this racing-car comedy actually features David Carradine in the lead, who had starred in the similar (but more violent) DEATH RACE 2000 (1975) and the unrelated CANNONBALL (1976). The heroine, then, is Stockard Channing and the villain Christopher Lee – appearing here in a silly Darth Vader get-up, albeit claiming to be a descendant of the Borgias and irritatingly prone to opera singing, not to mention being flanked by an unfunny and long-suffering "navigator"!

The African setting allows both ample travelogue footage and, ostensibly, added peril for the contenders; that said, the race itself is curiously lacking in excitement and, besides, while we are told there are as many as 93 participants, we only ever see a handful of stereotype members (Brits, French, Japanese, Australians and one female team) apart from the central rival duo…who, needless to say, end up neck-and-neck near the finishing line but, unsurprisingly, Carradine and Channing emerge victorious in spite of Lee's every attempt to thwart their progression. Incidentally, this could have taken a leaf from the "Wacky Races" cartoons of the late 1960s, itself inspired by THE GREAT RACE (1965) – that is to say, it should have been broader, but perhaps the film-makers did not want to go the route of THE CANNONBALL RUN…which rather let the result fall between two stools, hence s virtual obscurity since its year of release!

While it is watchable enough for what it is, especially as the picture runs for a mere 86 minutes, there is hardly anything memorable going on for the entire duration – which makes the involvement of renowned producers Jules V. Levy and Arthur Gardner (their last effort) and Oscar-winning composer Ernest Gold all the more baffling!


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