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3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (2004)

Barry Pepper portrays legendary race car drive Dale Earnhardt, who died in 2001 during the last lap of the Daytona 500.

Director:

Russell Mulcahy

Writer:

Robert Eisele
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Barry Pepper ... Dale Earnhardt
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Teresa Earnhardt
Ernest Whitted ... Pit Crowd
Andrea Powell ... Martha Earnhardt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean Bridgers ... Neil Bonnett
David Lewis Brooks David Lewis Brooks ... Earnhardt Pit Crew
Russell Brooks Russell Brooks ... Earnhardt Pit Crew (as Russell Dean Brooks Jr.)
Joe Chrest ... Jake Elder
Russell Cook ... Press Conference VIP
Teresa Delgado ... Kelly Earnhardt
Thunderbird Dinwiddie ... Connie (as Traci Dinwiddie)
Tricia Dyar ... Daisy (as Tricia Quattlebaum)
Corri English ... Kelly Earnhardt
Michael Flippo Michael Flippo ... Wayne Robertson
Daniel Freeze Daniel Freeze ... Dale Pit Crew
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Storyline

Biographical story of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. starts with his young life and growing up with his father, Ralph, who raced for a living, but initially wanted more for his son. When Dale quits high school to start driving full time, his father aids him and shows a reluctant pride when he is initially successful. Armed with many of his father's philosophies, Dale pushed himself to be the best. His aggressive track mannerisms earned himself fans and detractors. Fellow racer Neil Bonnett was one of those long time friends and whose death deeply affected Dale. Darrell Waltrip clearly was a detractor and the two men's rivalry is clearly depicted. Off the track, Dale's determination to make it impacts two marriages. Third wife Theresa was closer to racing and met Dale when he had started his rise into the Winston Cup circuit. The story also looks at his relationship with his children, particularly son Kerry from his first marriage and whom he did not see again after age 5 until Kerry in his late ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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One man, One sport. One nation.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Official Sites:

ESPN Original Entertainment

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The song Kryptonite is playing on Little Dale's boom box when Dale visits him on the boat dock. Racing is his kryptonite, or weakness. See more »

Goofs

Though the cars used in re-enacting the races of the 1970s and 1980s are authentically correct, the track billboards are not. You can see the current Pepsi logo on one of the billboards. Also, Sunoco (the current fuel supplier of NASCAR since 2003) has their logos on the track when the fuel supplier of NASCAR during Earnhardt's era was 76. See more »

Quotes

Dale Earnhardt: All I wanna do is race, Daddy.
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Missing a Few
12 December 2004 | by dawn_marie79See all my reviews

Being a die-hard NASCAR fan you have to look at this movie with a different eye than the general public. For example, the movie should have been longer. With "3" being only 90 minutes long they skipped some very critical points in Dale Earnhardt's life. Such as the creation of his company/team DEI, Dale Earnhardt Inc. Or the refusal to go to Adam Petty's funeral when he was killed in a stock car during a practice run. Adam was one of his son's best friends and because Dale Sr. did not attend, Dale Jr. did not go. How about his rival with Jeff Gordon? Or even his son's first Winston Cup win at Texas or his son winning 2 back-to-back Busch Championships. When Dale Jr. set history and won the Winston in his Rookie year as the first Rookie to win. That was an important day for the Earnhardt family. Not to take away from the movie but I do believe that Barry Pepper did a great job at Dale Earnhardt. The story was good and it showed some of the hard times he went through to get to the Winston Cup. For that reason I give this Film a rating of 8/10.


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