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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.

Director:

Paul W.S. Anderson

Writers:

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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Get ready for a killer ride. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Grimm gets out his crashed vehicle and Machine Gun Joe's vehicle comes around the corner, you can see Grimm's head exploding/ripped off by some form of contact with the car. Several information pages on the internet describe the incident as follows: 'One of the guns on the Ram pickup knocks his head off' So what doesn't add up? -Heads don't explode when being hit by any object at that speed -No part of the car touches his head, it is clear to see if you re-watch it a few times or use slow motion. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Case: [while being shot at during Death Race] Damn it!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, the line "Okay cocksucker. Fuck with me, and we'll see who shits on the sidewalk" is heard again. See more »

Connections

Followed by Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy (2018) See more »

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Frank Walk
Written by Paul Haslinger
Performed by Paul Haslinger
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Don't Listen to the Critics
14 November 2008 | by dino_saur333See all my reviews

I always hate it when all those high class critics from the newspapers and journals bash a film for not being what THEY want it to be and not looking at it for what its SUPPOSED to be.

The title is "Death Race" after all. No-one ever expected it to win any golden trophies in the first place. So what if the acting was a bit bland and the plot was a little weak. That's not was the movie is supposed th be about.

It's not a Martin Scorsese film where you sit back and think "Oh, that is very thought-provoking and I feel that I've truly learned something inspirational today." No. This is a film where you sit back, look at it, and think "Holy ****!! Did you see that ********** explosion?!"

This is a film where you have fun in. Don't worry if you walk away with nothing meaningful to talk about at the end. Go ahead and laugh at its stupidity. I guarantee you you'll still have a much better time that watching something like Capote


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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, 24 August 2008

Gross USA:

$36,316,032

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,014,335
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Runtime:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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