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 two team cars that are featured in the movie use the sponsors and paint schemes that were used at the time of filming by an actual CART team called PacWest Racing. See more »
When they park the cars after the last race, the tires on the car in front are new with no wear at all. See more »
I got will and I got faith. I believe you can will yourself in anything and do anything. And faith, that is like believing in something, man that's like having a good disease. It's contagious, if you hang around with people who have it you're gonna catch it, and its gonna change your attitude.
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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 »
Stallone's best in years.....and that's not saying much.....
"Driven" is one of the few films that Stallone has done in recent years, that I somewhat enjoyed. Unfortunately, Renny Harlin had to direct the film.
Stallone plays a retired veteran driver who is brought back into the world of racing by Burt Reynolds, to help mentor a young rookie, played by Kip Pardue.
This film does have some great racing scenes, however, much of the film plays like an overlong music video, thanks to the terrible directing of Renny Harlin. Also, a lot of the scenes are very fake looking, thanks to the terrible computer graphics. Still, we do get to see the gorgeous Gina Gershon.
Definitely not a film everyone will enjoy, and race fans will tell you that the racing scenes are way too fictional. Still, I did enjoy it somewhat, and seeing Toronto take the place of other cities, cracked me up.
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