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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 ... 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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Taglines:

Welcome to The Human Race See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

film.ru (russian) [Russia]

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

Gross USA:

$32,720,065

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,744,738
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Brian Transeau (BT) composed the music for this film. He also composed music for another racing film, The Fast and the Furious (2001). See more »

Goofs

At the opening of the film it is suggested that CART is viewed by 900 million people worldwide. This lofty figure surpasses the viewership of Formula One, which is actually the most-watched motorsport on Earth, and CART viewership was considerably less than what the film alleges. See more »

Quotes

[In Japan, Sophia Simone does her synchronized swimming routine while Jimmy Bly figures out Beau Brandenberg's next move in racing on his computer laptop]
Jimmy Bly: What are you doing?
Sophia Simone: [showing off to Jimmy her synchronized swimming moves] Swimming.
Jimmy Bly: Swimming? That's swimming to you, huh? I don't think that's swimming; that's uh... a little beyond. I've never seen anything like that. Pretty fantastic. Where'd you learn to do that?
Sophia Simone: I, uh... I was raised by frogs.
Jimmy Bly: Raised by frogs?
Sophia Simone: Ribbit. Ribbit. Ribbit.
[...]
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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

Good Time
(Driven Remix)
Performed by Leroy
Written and Remixed by Leroy
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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28 February 2003 | by girardi_is_godSee all my reviews

Sylvester Stallone wrote "Rocky" a long time ago, and it was fantastic. He even got a best actor nomination. That was then. Since that meteoric rise to fame, he has consistently created films that are as bad as he is an actor.

"Driven" just may be the worst of the bunch. It's the story of a few race drivers who's lives interconnect. All I had to know is the movie's tagline, which reads "Welcome to the Human Race". Stallone is his usual terrible self. Burt Reynolds manages to put forth another lousy performance as a former race driver crippled in an accident. He has his "oscar" scene towards the end where he laments his chair, and still says he'd do it all over again. It was supposed to be dramatic, but I just thought it was funny, maybe the two worst prolific actors of our time in Reynolds and Sly on the screne in the ultimate s***ty drama scene. Young Jimmy Bly, played by some other poor soul, has a crisis of confidence, just like Cruise in "Days of Thunder", not to mention a fued that develops between him and Robert Sean Leonard, who has fallen from "Dead Poet's Society" 14 years ago to working alongside Stallone, Reynolds, and the guy who played Bly.

Fortunately, it all works out in the end. Stallone and some foreign guy get the girls. Jimmy wins it all, and I've collapsed on the floor from a seizure. All in all, it's fun to watch just to see how lousy it is. I give it -10 out of 10. Keep trying Sly. Some day your bound to stumble on your next "Rocky".


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