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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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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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, 22 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,316,032

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,677,515
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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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Trivia

34 cars - including Mustangs, Dodge Rams, Porsches, Jaguars, BMWs and Buicks - were used to portray the 11 main cars and a few extras in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Jensen first asks lists how many people Frank has killed he says 20, but at the end of stage 2, when it has the lists of the drivers and the ones who are dead, it says Frankenstein only killed 15 and his car is named the monster on that list. While all the other cars have their actually names, Frank's car is a Ford Mustang. 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 Golic and Wingo: Episode #1.57 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Frank Walk
Written by Paul Haslinger
Performed by Paul Haslinger
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

 
hot women and fast cars, death race is a man's movie
20 August 2008 | by knapp1991See all my reviews

I just saw this film last night at a premier in Portland Oregon.Im not gonna give away any of the story because there isn't much of one which is fine in this case. Explolsions and murder and hot women plus Jason statham equals good movie. I went into this film expecting it to be disaster,and i say this only because I'm anonymous... it was good. Plenty of wow moments to cringe at and not just me but the whole audience. The driving does get a little repetitive but kudos to the director Paul w.s. Anderson for mixing it up. Plus it is a revenge story which everyone loves. BOTTOM LINE if you want to be entertained and don't mind a some violence see it it is worth the price of admission.


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