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Driven (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 27 April 2001 (USA)
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A young hot shot driver is in the middle of a championship season and is coming apart at the seams. A former CART champion is called in to give him guidance.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writers:

Jan Skrentny (story), Neal Tabachnick (story) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Joe Tanto
Burt Reynolds ... Carl Henry
Kip Pardue ... Jimmy Bly
Stacy Edwards ... Lucretia Clan
Til Schweiger ... Beau Brandenburg
Gina Gershon ... Cathy Heguy
Estella Warren ... Sophia Simone
Cristián de la Fuente ... Memo Heguy
Brent Briscoe ... Crusher
Robert Sean Leonard ... Demille Bly
Verona Pooth Verona Pooth ... Nina (as Verona Feldbusch)
Jasmin Wagner ... Ingrid (as Jasmine Wagner)
Chip Ganassi ... Team Owner
John Della Penna John Della Penna ... Team Manager
Dan Duran Dan Duran ... Commentator #1
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Storyline

Talented rookie race-car driver Jimmy Bly has started losing his focus and begins to slip in the race rankings. It's no wonder, with the immense pressure being shoveled on him by his overly ambitious promoter brother as well as Bly's romance with his arch rival's girlfriend Sophia. With much riding on Bly, car owner Carl Henry brings former racing star Joe Tanto on board to help Bly. To drive Bly back to the top of the rankings, Tanto must first deal with the emotional scars left over from a tragic racing accident which nearly took his life. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some intense crash sequences | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada | Australia

Language:

English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

27 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Champs See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,174,504, 29 April 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,616,869, 8 July 2001
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sylvester Stallone visited the F1 Paddock while researching the racing series. He originally courted drivers Damon Hill and Jean Alesi for guest appearances for the film before negotiations with F1's Bernie Eccleston broke down. See more »

Goofs

After Jimmy and Beau has saved Memo from the explosion, Memo's car is clearly seen in the water, lying in the same position as when they dragged Memo out of it, showing that no parts of the car has been blown up. See more »

Quotes

Carl Henry: What about the fear?
Joe Tanto: It's gone.
Carl Henry: The fear is never gone.
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Alternate Versions

In the original version of the film when Memo Heguy's (de la Fuente) car wrecks and is thrown upside down in the river, Joe Tanto (Stallone) jumped into the river with Jimmy Bly (Pardue) to save him. Beau Brandenburg (Schweiger) was not involved in this scene at all originally. But director Renny Harlin thought that it made the Beau Brandenburg character look totally heartless. So Stallone rewrote the scene taking his character Joe Tanto out of it completely. He instead put his character in the pits the entire time. The scene was partly reshot in a similar location in California, instead of returning to Germany where the original scene was filmed. Stallone wrote that the Brandenburg character turns his car around and helps save Memo from drowning. Parts of the original scene featuring Joe Tanto, were for the most part not reshot. Digital Effects company Pixel Magic digitally erased Tanto out of the scene. Aside from this scene, other scenes involving Beau Brandenburg were rewritten during filming to make his character more likable and misunderstood. Some of these scenes include the ending of the film and a scene where Brandenburg denies a female fan a kiss. See more »

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Good Time
Performed by Leroy
Written by Leroy
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Nice Cars, Nice People & Film Non-Racing Fans Can Enjoy
3 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This movie was definitely better than I anticipated. There are some fantastic Formula I driving and crash scenes in here, and the sound of engines was fun to hear. I make those statements despite not being much of an auto racing fan, either. If I was, I would have really loved the movie.

Another appealing aspect was that the three lead characters were all good guys. There are annoying "bad people" in the movie but they are all minor characters.

The ending is predictable and, yes, there are some of the typical things you see and hear in many Sylvester Stallone films but not as dumb as many of them (the bad ones, that is.)

Because of the superlative visuals and audio, this is a good movie to see on a nice TV and a nice surround system. Mine are okay but I can imagine what this would look and sound like on something really good. I wish I could appreciate auto racing more, but I liked the film anyway and recommend it to non-racing fans.


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