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The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

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Ron Howard

Writer:

Peter Morgan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Hemsworth ... James Hunt
Daniel Brühl ... Niki Lauda
Olivia Wilde ... Suzy Miller
Alexandra Maria Lara ... Marlene Lauda
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Clay Regazzoni
David Calder ... Louis Stanley
Natalie Dormer ... Nurse Gemma
Stephen Mangan ... Alastair Caldwell
Christian McKay ... Lord Hesketh
Alistair Petrie ... Stirling Moss
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Anthony 'Bubbles' Horsley
Colin Stinton ... Teddy Mayer
Jamie de Courcey ... Harvey 'Doc' Postlethwaite
Augusto Dallara Augusto Dallara ... Enzo Ferrari (as Augusto Dall'ara)
Ilario Calvo Ilario Calvo ... Luca Di Montezemolo
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Storyline

Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Bruhl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die. Written by P. Morgan

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rush See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$187,289, 22 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,947,624

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,247,624
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2.35 : 1
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The production team had to recreate 15 different races that took place between 1974 and 1976. See more »

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The car which picks up Niki and Marlene in Italy has an Italian rectangular license plate on the back, with a style never seen in Italy. Rectangular plates were introduced in 1976 and featured an orange provincial code which preceded the number. But the scene is set in 1975: Italian license plates at that time were square, with the provincial code in the top row with up to two digits, and the last four digits in the bottom row. The front one, however, is accurate both in shape and format (the provincial code followed the number). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Niki Lauda: Twenty five drivers start every season in Formula One, and each year two of us die. What kind of person does a job like this? Not normal men, for sure. Rebels, lunatics, dreamers. People who are that desperate to make a mark, and are prepared to die trying. My name is Niki Lauda, and racing people know me for two things. The first is my rivalry with him.
[James Hunt]
Niki Lauda: I don't know why it became such a big thing. We were just drivers busting each other's balls. To me this is perfectly...
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Performed by Steve Winwood
Written by Steve Winwood, Muff Winwood and Spencer Davis (as Spencer Davies)
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Bound to win Academy Award nominations - and rightly so
15 September 2013 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

In 1976, the rivalry between two brilliant racing car drivers, the British James Hunt and the Austrian Nikki Lauda, came to a head in the almost literally life-and-death struggle of the Formula One championship. American director Ron Howard ("Apollo 13", "A Beautiful Mind", "Frost/Nixon") and British scriptwriter Peter Morgan (both play and screenplay of "Frost/Nixon") have done a terrific job bringing the titanic struggle to the big screen, aided by some excellent casting and powerful sound and cinematography. Those were the days when most years a couple of drivers would be killed, so the stakes could not be higher.

Sensibly the car racing does not over-dominate, since this is essentially a character- driven conflict, but when the racing is on screen - notably in the final race - the excitement is visceral. The Australian Chris Hemsworth (previously best known as "Thor") and the Spanish-born German Daniel Brühl ("Inglourious Basterds") are so good as the British and Austrian drivers respectively that the dialect coaches should receive a special commendation. Arguably Brühl gives the stronger performance which should auger well for his future career.

A great strength of this tale is that there is not a hero or a villain. Both drivers had privileged backgrounds and were superbly talented, but both were flawed. although in very contrasting ways, including styles of thinking, driving and womanising (Olivia Wilde as model Suzy Miller and Alexandra Maria Lara as aristocratic Marlene Knaus respectively).

I never saw the recent film "Senna" (2010) so "Rush" reminded me most of the much older "Grand Prix" (1966), but what is stunning about "Rush" is that it all happened. A season of the fastest sport in the world decided in the last race by one point - you couldn't make it up. Rush to see the movie.


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