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
The trick that Sylvester Stallone's character (Joe Tanto) performs with the three coins is reminiscent of a trick real-life Formula One driver, Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina used to perform. The four-wheel drift enthusiast did it to test himself. See more »
Joe and Jimmy could not have taken the race cars from the party as easily as they did. CART cars do not have onboard starters, so they can't be started simply from the cockpit. You would need a crew member with a starter motor at the back of the car to fire the engine.
Most "racing cars" at shows and parties like this are usually dummy display models, without "real" engines or other heavy, and expensive, mechanical components. Moreover, if the cars actually had been authentic (and somehow could have been started), they likely would have had virtually no fuel aboard; most city fire departments have strict regulations on this for a show or display car, especially inside a hotel. See more »
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 »
A very bold attempt for a modern open-wheel racing movie
I love CART racing. I love any form of auto racing. When I first heard that Sly Stallone set production the first auto racing movie of the 21th. century I rose in excitement. I was even lucky enough to be at the Toronto Indy to watch portions of the filming as Champ car replicas roared out of the paddock. Watching this movie, I was treated to some fantastic special effects that were taken to level very close to the 1966 classic Grand Prix. Unfortunately, details of Driven's plot resembled Grand Prix too closely for this movie to be considered a creative attempt. Jimmy Bly(Kip Purdue) and Beau Brandenburg(Til Schweiger) both provided very respectable roles as co-stars alongside Sylvester Stallone playing the aging veteran driver Joe Tanto. The characters were developed enough through the film to understand their unique personalities. I was deeply impressed with how Driven displayed the drivers as understandable of their competitors and respected each other on the race track. I hate how some racing movies turn racing into a reckless grudge match. One of the worst elements in this movie is that only three drivers with the exception to happy go lucky teammate Memo Heguy (Who ran in place of Tanto for races) were shown within a twenty-plus driver field. Actual indy-style open-wheel racing is often much more competitive than shown in Driven. This movie shortfall was probably left over from the Formula One script that Stallone started with. All and all, Driven has weaknesses when comparing it as a great racing movie. But, it was a very suitable movie for family entertainment.
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