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Speed Racer (2008)

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A young driver, Speed Racer, aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile.

Directors:

Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers), Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers)

Writers:

Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers), Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Hirsch ... Speed
Nicholas Elia ... Young Speed Racer
Susan Sarandon ... Mom
Melissa Holroyd Melissa Holroyd ... Speed's Teacher
Ariel Winter ... Young Trixie
Scott Porter ... Rex Racer
Giancarlo Ganziano Giancarlo Ganziano ... Everyman Announcer (as Gian Ganziano)
Peter Fernandez ... Local Announcer
Harvey Friedman ... Harold Ledermann Announcer
Sadao Ueda ... Japanese Announcer
Valery Tscheplanowa ... Russian Announcer
Sami Loris Sami Loris ... Italian Announcer
Olivier Marlo Olivier Marlo ... French Announcer
Sean McDonagh Sean McDonagh ... Celtic Announcer
Kick Gurry ... Sparky
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Storyline

The story begins with Speed Racer who is a young man with natural racing instincts whose goal is to win The Crucible, a cross-country car racing rally that took the life of his older brother, Rex Racer. Speed is loyal to the family business, run by his parents Pops and Mom. Pops designed Speed's car, the Mach 5. The owner of Royalton Industries makes Speed a lucrative offer, Speed rejects the offer, angering the owner. Speed also uncovers a secret that top corporate interests, including Royalton, are fixing races and cheating to gain profit. With the offer to Speed denied, Royalton wants to ensure that Speed will not win races. Speed finds support from his parents and his girlfriend Trixie and enters The Crucible in a partnership with his one-time rival, Racer X, seeking to rescue his family's business and the racing sport itself. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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From the creators of 'The Matrix' trilogy comes a world built for speed. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of action, some violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Australia | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Speed Racer: The IMAX Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,561,337, 11 May 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,945,766, 7 August 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,945,766
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Though the Mach 5 and Mach 6 are both white, the Mach 4 is traditionally shown as a red vehicle. See more »

Goofs

When Togokahn is standing on the stage after the Casa Cristo race you see a lipstick mark on his face but in the next shot it's gone and his face is completely clean. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Race Announcer: All drivers to your cars, please. All drivers to your cars.
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Crazy Credits

The directors' credits spin out of a wheel, similar to how the title of Speed Racer (1967) appears. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.155 (2009) See more »

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Jonny Quest (Background)
Written by Joseph Barbera, William Hanna and Hoyt Curtin
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User Reviews

 
Pretty but empty
18 May 2008 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Certainly not the abject failure many critics seem to think it is, but it's certainly no success, either. I found the cartoonish world created by the Wachowskis and their three dozen special effects teams (seriously, the credits last half as long as the movie listing visual effects artists) constantly astounding and beautiful. I never got tired of looking at it (though I'd be willing to bet most would). Unfortunately, after the visual splendor, Speed Racer has little to offer. The characters are as thin, if not thinner, than they were in the original series. Susan Sarandon and John Goodman, the pros that they are, are both decent as Speed's parents, and Paulie Litt brings a lot of energy as Speed's youngest brother, Spritle. In fact, he has so much of that energy that the Wachowskis include him in every sequence. The rest of the cast is pretty lifeless, especially Emile Hirsch, who did quite well in Into the Wild last year, in the lead and Matthew Fox in the beyond thankless role of Racer X. It's almost worth it to Lost fans to see it for a scene where Fox gets in a fight with a ninja. I can't hate on Christina Ricci because she's way too hot as Trixie. The racing and fight scenes are decent action-wise, but it's occasionally difficult to tell what the heck is going on. The images move so fast that it's easy to miss who is who and what is what. The plot is like that, too. There were definitely bad guys whom I didn't really get. I just ended up assuming they all work for the big bad guy (Roger Allam) in some way. I have to admit that I was enjoying it most of the way through, but it's the kind of junk food that vanishes instantly. All in all, an empty experience.


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