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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | Australia | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Race Chasers 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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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In December 1997, Alfonso Cuarón was briefly hired to direct the film. See more »

Goofs

During the first race, Speed is driving the Mach 6. Although many believe this car wasn't built until just before the final WRL Grand Prix at the end of the movie, the Mach 6 was Speed's main car until it was destroyed at Fuji. The Mach 6 was rebuilt for the Grand Prix since the Mach 5 still had the defensive features from Casa Cristo which weren't allowed. 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 opening title is set against a red-yellow checkerboard background, in homage of the title card that opened each episode of the English dub of Speed Racer (1967). See more »

Connections

References The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) See more »

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

 
The previews do not do this movie justice!!!!!
9 May 2008 | by thekallieshowSee all my reviews

SPEED RACER was an amazing cinematic experience. It was visually enthralling for the entire length of the movie, and I was entertained throughout. I'm 19 years old, and how much I loved it shows that it is not a movie just for kids. This movie was advertised SO poorly, and it makes me sad to know that this movie probably won't make a lot of money and probably won't stay in the theaters too long... but really, go see it while you can. There were, of course, parts where it was ridiculously cheesy, but done in a way that properly emulates the 60s anime cartoon that it is remaking. I agree with the critics that it is very different than the original Speed Racer, but I think that the directors properly modernized it for todays audiences and to fit with the extensive amount of computer animation used in the film. It is a visual phenomenon, an exciting and rewarding story, and a film that left me happy and shouting its praise to everyone who would listen.


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