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Death Race (2008)

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Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.

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Paul W.S. Anderson

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Paul W.S. Anderson (screenplay), Paul W.S. Anderson (screen story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Statham ... Jensen Ames
Joan Allen ... Hennessey
Ian McShane ... Coach
Tyrese Gibson ... Machine Gun Joe
Natalie Martinez ... Case
Max Ryan ... Pachenko
Jason Clarke ... Ulrich
Frederick Koehler ... Lists (as Frederick Koehler)
Jacob Vargas ... Gunner
Justin Mader ... Travis Colt
Robert LaSardo ... Grimm
Robin Shou ... 14K
Benz Antoine ... Joe's Navigator
Danny Blanco Hall Danny Blanco Hall ... Joe's Navigator
Christian Paul ... Joe's Navigator
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Storyline

In 2012, amid economic chaos and high unemployment, Americans watch by the millions as criminals with life sentences race armored cars on Terminal Island. Two-thirds of the combatants die but the winner may earn his freedom. On the day he loses his job, steelworker Jensen Ames is arrested for his wife's murder. Sent to Terminal Island, he's offered an out by the steely and manipulative Warden Hennessey - race as the popular mask-wearing (but now dead) champion, Frankenstein, or rot in prison. Jensen makes the bargain. As the three-stage race approaches, he realizes that the whole thing may be a set up - can an anonymous man behind a mask get revenge and win his release? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This Friday, may the best man live. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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USA | Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Race 3000 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,621,090, 22 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,316,032

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,677,515
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Statham and Tyrese Gibson also starred together in Furious 7 (2015). See more »

Goofs

At the introduction Coach tells Frank that the back protection plate AKA Tombstone is 6" thick solid steel. There are 4 plates 1.5" thick each and about 40", 50", 60" and 70" by about 48" tall. That is about 1972 kilogram or 4340 lbs. of steel. That would make the car so back heavy that at the first hitting of any bump the front of the car would go up and make controlling impossible. Besides that it will also be so heavy that the car won't be fit for race. See more »

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[first lines]
Case: [while being shot at during Death Race] Damn it!
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After the credits, the line "Okay cocksucker. Fuck with me, and we'll see who shits on the sidewalk" is heard again. See more »

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Not Bad At All!
15 September 2008 | by Mihnea_aka_PitbullSee all my reviews

Definitely better than the ridiculous "Righteous Kill", that we had the doubtful honor to view today also, at the same press screening, here in Bucharest, Romania.

"Death Race" is a honest to God action movie, without any bigger-than-life pretensions. The script follows correctly an old tested and tried recipe, everything is at its place, and although you can easily plot out the whole course since the beginning, somewhat even this sounds good - you simply have the guilty pleasure of savoring again a story that you know from dozens of other movies.

The influences from the racing video games are explicit, and well mastered - me, I fully felt as while playing "Death Rally". Even certain aerial shots are obvious quotes from the computer game imagery. The narrative is nervous and thrilling, the effects professional, the violence degree precisely balanced. Maybe the main virtue of the movie is the cinematography, with admirable chromatic and plastic values. All in all, what it promises, it delivers: a cheap show, well done.


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