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Cars 3 (2017)

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Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... Lightning McQueen (voice)
Cristela Alonzo ... Cruz Ramirez (voice)
Chris Cooper ... Smokey (voice)
Nathan Fillion ... Sterling (voice)
Larry the Cable Guy ... Mater (voice)
Armie Hammer ... Jackson Storm (voice)
Ray Magliozzi Ray Magliozzi ... Dusty (voice)
Tony Shalhoub ... Luigi (voice)
Bonnie Hunt ... Sally (voice)
Lea DeLaria ... Miss Fritter (voice)
Kerry Washington ... Natalie Certain (voice)
Bob Costas ... Bob Cutlass (voice)
Margo Martindale ... Louise Nash (voice)
Darrell Waltrip ... Darrell Cartrip (voice)
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... River Scott (voice)
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Storyline

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage! Written by Pixar

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It's not over until lightning strikes. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cars 3 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,688,680, 18 June 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$152,901,115

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$383,889,151
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Trivia

On Sterling's door to his office, "A113" is printed on the glass. A number commonly seen in Pixar films. See more »

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Natalie Certain says that every week, veteran racers retire or get fired to make room for the next generation racers. However, the season was almost over when more next generation racers started to push out the stock cars, so veteran racers leaving every week is impossible. See more »

Quotes

Cruz Ramirez: [to Hamilton] Hamilton, track Mr. McQueen's speed and report it.
Hamilton: Tracking...
Cruz Ramirez: [to McQueen] I'll stay as close as I can. Your suit will transmit your speeds to Hamilton.
Lightning McQueen: Fine, whatever. Let's do this.
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Ride
Written by ZZ Ward, Evan Bogart and Dave Bassett
Performed by ZZ Ward featuring Gary Clark Jr.
Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Dave Bassett
ZZ Ward appears courtesy of Hollywood Records
Gary Clark Jr. appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Speed with heart
12 June 2017 | by RamascreenSee all my reviews

#Cars3 is speed with heart. It's fun, exciting and emotionally endearing. The first film was about a lost small town USA and the humbling of a cocky racer. The second movie didn't quite know what it wanted to be, part espionage, part mistaken identity, part global tournament, all wrapped up in a poor attempt to address friendship. But this third installment is about the racer becoming the mentor while at the same time honoring the legacy of a very important person in McQueen's life, Hudson Hornet, who's voiced by the the late great actor whom we cinema deeply miss seeing on screen, Paul Newman.

In "Cars 3," Lightning McQueen suddenly finds himself blindsided by a new generation of blazing fast racers. He's seeing himself and his fellow race mates forced to retirement. Refusing to be told when he should call it quit, McQueen is determined to get back in the game, acquiring the help of a new sponsor and a young trainer who's secretly wanting to be a racer. But all that only brings McQueen to the doorstep of his own inspiration, the late fabulous Hudson Hornet. This enlightenment will prove once again whether or not Lightning McQueen still has what it takes to be a champion.

It's obvious from "Cars 3" that Pixar had learned the lessons of their mistake or blunder that was "Cars 2." The story in "Cars 3" is more coherent, clear and straightforward and it goes back to Pixar's strongest strategy which is to appeal to our deepest emotions. It doesn't necessarily rehash the first film, but more of presenting our hero deciding for himself to take on the next chapter of life that is just as fully rewarding as beating his opponents on the race track, which I think is a well put progression in McQueen's evolution as a character.

I think you'll be wowed at the film's excellent effort in pulling parallels between Hudson Hornet's experience and what McQueen is going through. It's like every piece fits into its place naturally, like it's meant to be. The new rival, Jackson Storm makes the cocky McQueen in the first film look tame. You don't see much of Mater this time around, but that's actually not a bad thing. You'll love some of the new racing tricks that "Cars 3" has up its sleeves, I'm entertained by them and I'm not even a Nascar fan. And the rookie/trainer who secretly wants to race, Cruz Ramirez will surprise you at every corner, that one is like a an eager young prodigy whose skills are just waiting to be discovered given the right opportunity. The themes basically ask the inevitable questions of what we all should do when we get older and are no longer able to do some of the things we love, what would be the the options then. And so I think "Cars 3" does an excellent job of letting you know that if you've reached the point of success, we should then do our part to now guide, train, teach others to reach their point of success too. Don't burn the bridge behind you.

-- Rama's Screen --


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