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Driven (2001)

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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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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Renny Harlin is in the movie as a crew member for two different teams. He is first seen as a PacWest/Motorola crew member who gets out of the Motorola car so that Jimmy Bly can demonstrate that he can get out of the car in five seconds. Harlin is then seen in a Bettenhausen/Herdez uniform taking his real life son Lukas to a playground. See more »

Goofs

During the race in Germany (the one with the rain) it is sunny in several shoots, although it is apparently "raining" and streets are "wet". 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 »

Connections

Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Riddle (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wanna Get Back With You
Performed by Mary Griffin
Written by Diane Warren
Courtesy of Curb Records, Inc.
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Entertaining and easy to watch, took itself a little too seriously though
29 January 2002 | by mbaSee all my reviews

All i've got to say is that i enjoyed this movie and found it entertaining and an interesting insight into the competition between race drivers and what they go through in a demanding profession. I do wish Estella Warren had more to do in this film, because she is just LUSH! and one of my favourite models. But it seems as though she has just been put in the film for the eye-candy, which is great but she needs to do more because she deserves a better chance to really make it as an actress. But overall it is quite entertaining with the racing scenes and the variety of locations they go to. Maybe it would've been better if it took itself less seriously. A masterpiece it aint, but better than i expected and easy to watch. I say to all the people who are trashing this film, you are entitled to your opinion and so am i. My opinion is that you are a bunch of SNOBS!! Admit it, you are!

Rating- 8 out of 10


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