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Race the Sun (1996)

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A bunch of high school misfits in Hawaii, introduced by their new teacher, attend a science fair in which they draw up inspiration to build their own solar car and win a trip to compete in the 1990 World Solar Challenge in Australia.

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Barry Morrow
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Halle Berry ... Sandra Beecher
Jim Belushi ... Frank Machi (as James Belushi)
Bill Hunter ... Commissioner Hawkes
Casey Affleck ... Daniel Webster
Eliza Dushku ... Cindy Johnson
Kevin Tighe ... Jack Fryman
Anthony Ruivivar ... Eduardo Braz
J. Moki Cho ... Gilbert Tutu
Dion Basco ... Marco Quito
Sara Tanaka Sara Tanaka ... Uni Kakamura
Nadja Pionilla ... Oni Nagano
Adriane Napualani Uganiza Adriane Napualani Uganiza ... Luana Kanahele
Steve Zahn ... Hans Kooiman
Robert Hughes ... Judd Potter
Jeff Truman ... Ed Webster
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Storyline

Idealistic Sandra Beecher has just started working as a science teacher at Kona-Pali High School in Hawaii, being hired for this job despite her teaching background being in English. Her reason for taking the job is largely to run away from the mainland and a failed marriage. She finds that her students are an unmotivated lot, largely because there are low societal expectations of them, including from their parents and the school faculty. As such, she directs a handful of her most unmotivated students to attend a regional science fair at which there are no Kona-Pali displays to come up with their own science fair projects. An incident at the fair does spur one of her students, Daniel Webster, self-professed as not being good at most things but believing he is a good designer, to announce, with the support of his fellow students, that they want to build a solar powered car of his design as their project, and to enter that car in the upcoming Inter-island Race. American Corporate giant,... Written by Huggo

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A dream can make all the difference under the sun.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and a brief incident of teen drinking | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hawaiian | Russian

Release Date:

22 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La compétition See more »

Filming Locations:

Waialua, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,116,504, 24 March 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,945,552
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TriStar Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first Nuon Solar Team (7 time winner of The World Solar Challenge) decided to build a solar car after watching this movie. See more »

Goofs

When introducing herself to the students, Ms. Beecher prints her name on the blackboard. It repeatedly changes between printed and cursive throughout the scene. See more »

Soundtracks

Rock You Like A Hurricane
Written by Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, and Herman Rarebell
Performed by Scorpions
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with Polygram Film & TV Licensing
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Better than I expected
2 July 2001 | by skeetsmillerSee all my reviews

I do have to admit that the only reason I rented Race the Sun was because Sara Tanaka( Margaret Yang from "Rushmore")was in it. Rushmore is one of my favorite movies, but I especially think that Sara Tanaka was good in it. Well anyway, back to the review, I heard quite a lot of negative things about the movies, but I decided to check it out anyway. I was quite surprised. The story about a group of poor students from Hawaii competing in a solar-car race in Australia was well-acted, interesting, and fun. I was kind of disappointed that Sara Tanaka wasn't given enough screentime, but it was still quite an entertaining movie, and Sara Tanaka gave another good performance.


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