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Death Race

Year:
Duration:
105 min | USA:111 min (unrated version)
Genres:
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
IMDB rate:
6.4
Director:
Paul W.S. Anderson
Awards:
1 win & 5 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2008-08-22
Filming Locations: Cité du Cinéma, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Earnings
Budget: $45,000,000
Opening Weekend: $12,621,090 (USA) (16 January 2013)
Gross: $36,064,910 (USA) (12 October 2008)
Cast
Actor
Character
Jason Statham
Jason Statham
Death Race
Joan Allen
Hennessey
Ian McShane
Coach
Tyrese Gibson
Machine Gun Joe
Natalie Martinez
Case
Max Ryan
Pachenko
Jason Clarke
Ulrich
Fred Koehler
Lists
Jacob Vargas
Gunner
Justin Mader
Travis Colt
Robert LaSardo
Grimm
Robin Shou
14K
Benz Antoine
Joe's Navigator
Danny Blanco Hall
Joe's Navigator
Christian Paul
Joe's Navigator
Janaya Stephens
Suzy
John Fallon
Neo Nazi
Bruce McFee
Old Timer
Cory Fantie
Disgusted Worker
Russell Ferrier
Angry Worker
Anna-Marie Frances Lea
Nasty Teller (as Anna Marie Frances Lea)
Dan Jeannotte
Hennessey Tech
David Carradine
Frankenstein
Dick Ervasti
Commercial (voice)
Nir Assayag
Disgruntled Inmate #6 (uncredited)
Abdul Ayoola
Siad (uncredited)
Marcello Bezina
Policeman #1 (uncredited)
Melantha Blackthorne
Pachenko's Navigator (uncredited)
Lydie Bounay
BMW Navigator (uncredited)
Shane Cardwell
Carson (uncredited)
Ruth Chiang
14K's Navigator (uncredited)
Carolyn Day
Colt's Navigator (uncredited)
Marie France Denoncourt
Trans Am #2 Navigator (uncredited)
Miguel Dugal
Pachenko's Goon (uncredited)
Jere Gillis
Policeman #2 (uncredited)
Nathalie Girard
Boattail Navigator (uncredited)
Larry Goldstein
Disgruntled Inmate #5 (uncredited)
Gerardo Lo Dico
Prison Guard - 2008 (uncredited)
Ivan Peric
Steel Factory Worker (uncredited)
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Trivia
Originally written as a sequel to Death Race 2000 (1975) titled Death Race 3000, a race around the world with futuristic hovering, invisible and transformer cars, but had to be rewritten due to production costs.
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Scott Kevan was chosen as director of photography as Paul W.S. Anderson was very enthusiastic about his aggressive lighting on Stomp the Yard (2007).
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Upon its release, the film was met with allegations of plagiarism as screenwriter Adam Stone claimed that director Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt had stolen ideas for the film from a screenplay called "Joust" that Stone had pitched to them a while back.
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Goofs
In the opening title cards, the word "colosseum" is spelled as "Coliseum." This is an acceptable if uncommon alternate spelling.
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The Gatling guns consistently use the sound of a much lower rate of fire machine gun, e.g. M60. The sound would be more like "Brrrrr" than "Da-da-da".
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When Pachenko flips his car after hitting the steel support you can see that the car has 3 Racing tires and 1 regular as well as the rig used to set it up but in the shot after the car returns to 4 racing slicks.
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Quotes
Case: [while being shot at during Death Race] Damn it!
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Hennessey: [screaming] Son of a BITCH! Get the choppers in the air!
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Jensen Ames: [to Hennessey] You wanted a monster? Well, you've got one.
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Faq
Q
What are the differences between the theatrical version and the unrated edition?
A
The R-rated theatrical version was not cut to obtain the rating. The unrated edition extends some fights and action scenes and runs more than 4 minutes longer. A detailed comparison between both versions can be found here.
Q
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
A
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Death Race can be found here.
Q
When Machine Gun Joe and Jensen are escaping why didn't Hennessy activate the electric kill switches and fry them?
A
The electric kill switches are in the weapons. All they do is deactivate the weapons so they can't use them to escape.
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Photos from cast
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