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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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Cast

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.

Genres:

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

Right after Brenda leaves him, and after Dale finishes in third place to finish in the money, Dale returns home and puts a stack of $20 bills on the table. The design of the twenties are the new design, created in 2003, while the scene takes place in the 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Neil Bonnett: You pissed off a lot of people out there today, Earnhardt. You almost ran me over a couple times.
Dale Earnhardt: So I suppose you're pissed off at me, too, then?
Neil Bonnett: What the hell do you care? We ain't out there to make friends.
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Surprisingly well done
12 December 2004 | by craigtoSee all my reviews

Several years ago ESPN made a decision that they were going to expand their vision and focus to include original entertainment programming. This has led to a slew of made-for-TV films, dramatic mini-series, and specials about fictional or historical sports personalities and events. Although the acronym ESPN has always stood for Entertainment Sports Programming Network, ESPN never had the desire, budget, or ability to produce this type of original entertainment. Just like MTV has become less about music videos and more about reality TV, dramas, soap operas, and animated series, ESPN seems to be headed down the same wrong path. That's why when I saw the trailers for '3' the last couple weeks, I figured it would be poorly done and over-dramatized just like every other original project ESPN has touched. Surprisingly, that wasn't the case. Barry Pepper, who has been good in everything else I've seen him in, puts on a good performance this time too. I've never been a fan of auto sports, or Dale Earnhardt for that matter, but I was entertained by this movie every bit of the way.


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