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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.

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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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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the sounds are not of CART Champ Cars, but rather of Formula One cars. The movie was originally supposed to be about Formula One racing, but due to restrictions imposed on the production crew, the producers had to look elsewhere. See more »

Goofs

Methanol, the fuel used in CART racing cars, does not float on water as gasoline does - alcohol will mix very happily with water. It also burns with a barely visible flame, unlike gasoline which burns with the yellow flame and thick black smoke shown in the film. 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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Referenced in Pawn Stars: Old Man's Gamble (2009) See more »

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My Beautiful Life
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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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