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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:

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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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In June 2004 Vince Vaughn was going to produce the film and star as Racer X. However, production never became fully active, so he left the film. See more »

Goofs

When Spritle and Chim Chim are "outside" tanning themselves, the stage ceiling can be seen in Spritle's reflector. 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 Warner Bros, Village Roadshow and Silver Pictures logos appear in a vivid kaleidoscopic sequence, with the opening bars of the Speed Racer (1967) theme being heard. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Bewitched
Written by Richard Rodgers and by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Les Paul and Mary Ford
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Here it comes, here comes a great movie.
3 May 2008 | by genericbrandsoapSee all my reviews

This movie blew past what my expectations would ever be. Having watched random episodes of the original anime, I was very skeptical as to how one could ever pull off making a live-action adaptation. The Wachowski brothers have pulled it off. The only way possible for this movie to be made was this over-the-top, campy romp through the race tracks. From beginning to end this film delivers a non-stop thrills. Even in the campy scenes that don't serve much plot purpose they held me in. Though it is very CG heavy and campy at times, there is some serious points where it does hit the dramatic mark and even had me emotional at one point. The end is obviously predictable but they do it so well and don't sell out to the really lame gags and rules of good guy - bad guy film-making. The acting was fantastic and they could not have gotten a better cast. This is great where kids can enjoy but also adults will as well with certain jokes and gags with a more mature sense to them I'd say. Old and new fans will not be disappointed. Go see "Speed Racer" go! 9/10


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