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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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1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Get ready for a killer race. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Upon its release, the film was met with allegations of plagiarism as screenwriter Adam Stone claimed that director Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt had stolen ideas for the film from a screenplay called "Joust" that Stone had pitched to them a while back. See more »

Goofs

The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS that Martinez arrives in at the end of the movie has the wheels turned all the way to the right. when she gets out of the car, the wheels are turned all the way to the left. 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

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: The Shining Mini-Series (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

5th Set
Written by Kram (as Mark Maher), Janet English and Damian Whitty
Performed by Spiderbait
Produced by Sylvia Massy
Courtesy of Universal Music Australia PTY LTD.
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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23 February 2020 | by MR_HeracliusSee all my reviews

A massive departure from the original, Death Race keeps the cars and kills and forgoes virtually everything else from 2000. Fun in a very different manner, but still fun, and that's what counts.


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Country:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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