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A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director:

Asif Kapadia

Writer:

Manish Pandey
Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 17 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ayrton Senna ... Himself (archive footage)
Alain Prost ... Himself
Frank Williams Frank Williams ... Himself
Ron Dennis Ron Dennis ... Himself
Viviane Senna Viviane Senna ... Herself
Milton da Silva Milton da Silva ... Himself
Neide Senna Neide Senna ... Herself
Jackie Stewart ... Himself
Sid Watkins Sid Watkins ... Himself
Galvão Bueno Galvão Bueno ... Himself
Reginaldo Leme Reginaldo Leme ... Himself
Gerhard Berger Gerhard Berger ... Himself
Nelson Piquet Nelson Piquet ... Himself
Nigel Mansell Nigel Mansell ... Himself
Jean-Marie Balestre Jean-Marie Balestre ... Himself
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The story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80's, the film follows Senna's struggles both on track against his nemesis, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport. Sublime, spiritual yet, on occasion, ruthless - Senna conquers and transcends Formula One to become a global superstar. Privately, he is humble, almost shy, and fiercely patriotic, donating millions to his native Brasil and contemplating a life beyond motor-racing. Yet he is struck down in his prime on the blackest weekend in the history of the sport, watched live on television by 300 million people. Years on he is revered in Formula One as the greatest motor racing driver of all time - and in Brasil as a Saint. Written by Anonymous

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The legend of the greatest driver who ever lived. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some strong language and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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UK | France | USA

Language:

English | Portuguese | French | Japanese

Release Date:

25 May 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Сенна See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,497, 14 August 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,612,430, 18 November 2011
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Upon being hired, the director Asif Kapadia knew little about the life of Ayrton Senna and Formula 1. This was the intention of the producers, so he had a fair look at the film material. See more »

Goofs

At the end, a title card referring to Senna's fatal accident reads "There has not been a fatality in Formula One since." This is now inaccurate following the death of Formula One driver Jules Bianchi following injuries sustained at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

Also, two marshals have been killed during races in Italy and Australia. There is also the F1 test driver Maria de Villota, who died as a result of an accident during testing. See more »

Quotes

Jean-Marie Balestre: The best decision is my decision!
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Crazy Credits

While the credits roll, we see home movies by the Senna family. See more »

Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 3 June 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Tema Da Vitória
(Eduardo Souto Neto)
Performed by Eduardo Souto Neto
Courtesy of Som Livre/ RGE
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Truly excellent...
10 July 2011 | by ajs-10See all my reviews

My local cinema is only small, it only has two screens and consequently, to make money, they have to show a lot of mainstream films. Most of these don't interest me too much and I sometimes despair that they will ever show anything like this. So you can imagine my surprise when the weekly email I receive from them listing the upcoming films included this little gem. I've had it on 'The List' (that's my 'To See' list for those that don't know) for some time and always thought I'd end up seeing it on TV. But no, the Picture House are showing it! Admittedly it's only for two screenings, but they're actually showing a film I never thought I'd see on the big screen.

Two of us went to the first screening; myself, a Formula One fan for many years and my buddy Dave, who isn't into Formula One but is a bit of a connoisseur of film. He had heard about this one and was interested to give it the once over. The film tells the story of the Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna from his early days in carting through his rise to fame and fortune in Formula One to his untimely death in an accident in 1994. We are told about the feud he had with fellow driver, Alain Prost, and the battles they had both on and off the track. How he dealt with the politics of the sport and how he became a huge star, giving hope to millions, back home in Brasil. And also the thoughts of those involved in his life and career.

I love the way this film was put together, there is no commentary and no interviews with people made after the fact. It's all archive footage and interviews, mostly with Senna himself, that tells the story. As has been said many time before, real life can be so much better than fiction and this story has so much drama and emotion in it I firmly believe, in this case at least, it's true. The section of the film concerning his death I remember watching events unfold live on TV very well. It was the blackest day on Formula One history and I don't think I'll ever forget it. In the film it is very emotional and even Dave admitted to shedding a manly tear at one point.

To many, Ayrton Senna was the greatest driver ever to race in Formula One. I'll admit that I wasn't his greatest fan when he raced; I wanted the British drivers to win (of course). I always admired his talent though, and now I know more about him I am inclined to think that, yes, he was one of the greatest. This is a truly remarkable film and one I can highly recommend to fans of the sport and those that don't follow it. It's a remarkable story and one I'm sure you will find yourself thinking about for a long time afterwards.

My Score: 9.2/10


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