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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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Where do you go when you are already on the edge? See more »

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:

Ruutulippu 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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The driver Memo Moreno is named after real-life ChampCar drivers Roberto Moreno and Memo Gidley. The use of a wheelchair-bound team owner is inspired by Sir Frank Williams. See more »

Goofs

Jimmy and his brother get in a Mercedes S Class to drive away but the inside dialog was filmed in a Lincoln Town car. See more »

Quotes

Sophia Simone: Hi, I'm Sophia.
Demille Bly: That's your problem.
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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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Soundtracks

Poison Well
Performed by Insolence
Written by Armando Cardenas, Paul Perry, Mark Herman & Billy Rosenthal
Courtesy of Maverick Recording Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Movie incorrectly titled. Should have been Drivel.
29 December 2002 | by NikTeslaSee all my reviews

This load of garbage has to be one of the worse sports movies ever foisted on the movie going public. The storyline was trite and predictable, the acting was so wooden I thought I was looking at a story about dead trees and apart from some shots of actual CART races, which stood out as the only good looking bits of the movie, the cinematography and editing looked positively amateurish. A couple of special effects looked ok but, as is often the case with inadequate movies, mostly they were used to cover for a load of crap. An example is the sequence where a car is flying through the air in slow motion while cars pass by underneath the car in a blur. Ridiculous. The racing incidents looked unrealistic and the cars racing through the city was positively ludicrous. A good example of the way to show a sequence like that is Smash Palace. Save your money, or time if you are thinking about watching the movie on TV. It is a shame that the scale only goes down to 1 as it deserves less than that. This movie also shows that Stallone was at his "acting" peak as the grunting mumbling blockhead in the Rambozo movies.

I would rather stick my most sensitive anatomical parts in a running blender filled with a cocktail of aftershave, iodine and salt water connected to the electrical mains than watch this load of fetid dingo droppings again.


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