Los Angeles street racer Dominic Toretto falls under the suspicion of the LAPD as a string of high-speed electronics truck robberies rocks the area. Brian O'Connor, an officer of the LAPD, joins the ranks of Toretto's highly skilled racing crew undercover to convict Toretto. However, O'Connor finds himself both enamored with this new world and in love with Toretto's sister, Mia. As a rival racing crew gains strength, O'Connor must decide where his loyalty really lies.Written by
Rob Cohen's original casting choices were Mario Lopez as Dominick, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Brian, and Dustin Diamond as Jesse. However, studio execs feared that the reteaming of the Saved by the Bell (1989) co-stars would confuse audiences. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Chad Lindberg were eventually cast in the roles. See more »
Right after the first race when Brian loses his car, Dom says "Granny shiftin' and not double clutching like you should." Double clutching takes precious time to do, time that you do not have during a drag race especially in a Mitsubishi Eclipse. The only time to double clutch that car would be in a road course race to save the brakes coming in fast into a corner. See more »
[getting out of his ruined car]
That's not what I had in mind.
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On some prints, after the credits, there is a brief epilogue showing Dominic's fate. He is shown, driving alone in a red Chevelle with black racing stripes, on a desolate road by the coast in Baja, Mexico. He narrates about his life 'I live my life quarter a mile at a time ...'. See more »
During its original theatrical release, the early scene of Paul Walker pulling up to the coffee shop was scored to Crazytown's "Butterfly." The song was changed for the film's DVD release. See more »
What makes this film so great? One of the many questions you find asking yourself as soon as you pick up the DVD or Video of this film. Well firstly before you dare to watch this film you must be one of these three types of people to be able to sit and watch this film (in my opinion) 1)A person who knows fast cars, 2)A person who likes to see these cars, and 3)A person who knows why you race them.
If you aren't one of these people and just want to watch Vin and Paul in action then I'm afraid to tell you that you won't do this film any justice (although they are great in this film). I believe that the character that Vin plays was made for him and so was Pauls' character. Vin already has the style, the mood of Dominic Tretto (we have seen this in XXX) i personally couldn't have picked a better actor for the job for no one could pull it off like what Vin does. As for Paul i think it's great that they have used a so-called "tall, lean, blonde pretty-boy" for the part of Brian O'Conner because it brings out the fact that he is an under-cover cop. He's new in the field, it's his first mission and therefore he needs to look it too. We see his character evolve in the second film, which is also truly brilliant. So from me i think that the film should be at least rated at a 7 or 8 out of 10 even though the story does seem to drag on for awhile it is still a pretty good film and i hope you will agree. So from me watch this film and enjoy it too.
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