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Rat Race (2001)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy | 17 August 2001 (USA)
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A Las Vegas casino magnate, determined to find a new avenue for wagering, sets up a race for money.

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Jerry Zucker

Writer:

Andy Breckman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Breckin Meyer ... Nick Schaffer
Jenica Bergere ... Hotel Clerk
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Owen Templeton
Carrie Diamond Carrie Diamond ... Casino Bartender
Douglas Haase ... Guy at Bar
Chris Myers Chris Myers ... Fox Sportscaster
Kevin Frazier Kevin Frazier ... Fox Sportscaster
Seth Green ... Duane Cody
Gloria Allred ... Gloria Allred
Vince Vieluf ... Blaine Cody
Renée Lee Renée Lee ... Witness in Crowd
Corinna Harney Corinna Harney ... Cocktail Waitress (as Corinna Harney Jones)
Jane C. Walsh Jane C. Walsh ... Cocktail Waitress
Lanei Chapman ... Merrill Jennings (as Lanai Chapman)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Vera Baker
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Storyline

Donald P. Sinclair has placed six separate gold coins in different slot machines in his casino. The lucky six who find these coins discover an opportunity of a lifetime. The chance to own $2 million. Locked up in a locker in New Mexico, these six contestants must now race each other, to be the first to the cash. There are no rules in place and everything that could possibly happen, does. Whilst, behind the scenes, Sinclair's associates are placing their bets. Written by Film_Fan

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Taglines:

563 miles. 9 people. $2 million. 1001 problems! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual references, crude humor, partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rat Race See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,662,094, 19 August 2001

Gross USA:

$56,618,055

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,498,534
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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When Vicki and Mr. Grisham are stealing the money near the end, Grisham is in the driver's seat and Vicki is in the passenger's seat. After the cow lands in the car, one shot shows that Mr. Grisham is in the passenger's seat. See more »

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[after Sinclair has told them repeatedly to "go", to no avail]
Merrill: So, when you say "go", you mean, just go?
Donald Sinclair: Uh, begin, commence, start moving... theoretically you have been racing for about forty seconds now, and so far Mr. Schaffer is winning because he's nearest to the door.
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Randy Pear plays the harmonica found in Hitler's Mercedes-Benz. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD contains 6 deleted scenes:
  • A scene in which one of the highrollers questions what they are doing.
  • A scene where the highrollers play monopoly using real money.
  • An additional scene on the Lucy bus.
  • An extended version of the Lucys chasing Owen. In this scene, they are stopped by a bus of Ricky Ricardo lookalikes
  • A scene in which Owen gets a ride from a moving house.
  • An additional scene with the talking cow.
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References Road Trip (2000) See more »

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Chain of Fools
Written by Don Covay (as Donald Covay)
Performed by Aretha Franklin
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Warner Special Products
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Underrated... except that it fizzles out at the end...
12 June 2003 | by mentalcriticSee all my reviews

I have seen John Cleese in two films that I have actually liked him in. Frankenstein was the other one. In this one, he plays an eccentric billionaire who loves a good bet. In a later sequence of the film, he has his pilot wobble the plane around violently in order to see who will throw up first. But central to this film's plot is that he gathers a good ten people to partake in a bet on a grand scale. In a locker within a train station in New Mexico, he has stashed two million dollars and made six copies of the key. The first team to get there, unlock the locker, and take the money gets to keep it.

Assembled for this mad race are a Narcoleptic Indian migrant (Rowan Atkinson), a materially-obsessed businesswoman and her long-lost mother (Whoopi Goldberg), and a football referee who is hated because of a botched coin toss call (Cuba Gooding, Jr. in a welcome return to form). And those are just the ones that have the craziest adventures (and the easiest ones to remember the actors' names). I would have liked to have seen what Bobcat Goldthwait would have done in a role like this, but there is always next time.

What makes this race so amusing is that no plausible extreme is deemed too over the top. A helicopter buzzing the pilot's boyfriend's house? Check. Driving to New Mexico with a bunch of Lucille Ball impersonators? Check. Hanging by a rope from a balloon and smashing into the sides of cows? Check. Even the opportunity to visit a World War II Revisionist museum and crash a convention of World War II veterans while physical injuries make you look like a bad Hitler impersonator isn't taboo here.

The only low point is the ending. After all of that excitement and lunacy, I really expected something better. Instead of a grand finale in which one last attempt is made to defy logic or reason, we get a corny cop-out ending at a concert for some lame pop band that wishes it was alternative. Not exactly what I would call a fitting end to one of the first films made in the last ten years that had me laughing from the beginning to the end.

So all in all, ten out of ten for the build-up, but minus two for the climax. Go and see it, you will not be disappointed, especially if your home theatre can handle Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks.


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