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Year:
Duration:
123 min
Genres:
Action | Biography | Drama | Sport
IMDB rate:
8.2
Director:
Ron Howard
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 47 nominations
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 2013-09-27
Filming Locations: Evolution Printing, Stanhope Road, Camberley, UK
Earnings
Budget: $38,000,000
Opening Weekend: $187,289 (USA) (22 September 2013)
Gross: $26,491,919 (USA) (3 November 2013)
Cast
Actor
Character
Chris Hemsworth
James Hunt
Daniel Brühl
Niki Lauda
Alexandra Maria Lara
Marlene Lauda
Pierfrancesco Favino
Clay Regazzoni
David Calder
Louis Stanley
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
Enzo Ferrari
Ilario Calvo
Luca Di Montezemolo
Patrick Baladi
John Hogan
Vincent Riotta
Lauda's Mechanic
Martin Savage
McLaren Mechanic
Jamie Sives
BRM Mechanic
Simon Taylor
English Race Announcer
Robert Christopher Austin
Brett Lunger (as Rob Austin)
Tom Wlaschiha
Harald Ertl
Cristian Solimeno
Arturo Merzario
James Norton
Guy Edwards
Joséphine de La Baume
Agnes Bonnet (as Josephine De La Baume)
Geoffrey Streatfield
Peter Hunt
Julien Vialon
Peter Metternich
Douglas Reith
Awards Presenter
Polly Furnival
Hunt's Awards Girlfriend
Brooke Johnston
Pan Am Stewardess
Hannah Britland
BOAC Stewardess
Lisa McAllister
BOAC Stewardess
Hans-Eckart Eckhardt
Lauda's Grandfather
Vanessa Zachos
Female Hunt Fan
Xavier Laurent
Test Driver
Val Jobara
Test Driver
Zack Eisaku Niizato
Hasemi (as Zack Niizato)
Akira Koieyama
Takahara
Klaus D. Mund
Niki's German Doctor
Folker Banik
German Doctor
Andreas Engelmann
German Priest
Jochen Kolenda
German GP Marshall
Christopher Wolert
German Fan
Roger Nevares
Spanish Official
Vanda Dadras
Guest of Curd Jürgens
Raffaello Degruttola
Giovanni
Luca Zizzari
Italian Passenger
Alastair Caldwell
FIA Offical
Alan Bayer
French Photographer
Joe Ferrara
Brazilian Commentator
Bob Constanduros
Crystal Palace Race Announcer
Christian Feist
German Race Announcer
Eiji Mihara
Japanese Announcer
Demetri Goritsas
American Journalist
Jay Simpson
British Journalist
Philippe Spall
French Journalist
Erich Redman
German Journalist
Marcello Walton
Italian Journalist
Masashi Fujimoto
Japanese Journalist
Rob Cavazos
Spanish Journalist
Paolo Barone
Ferrari Mechanic
Francesco Fronte
Ferrari Mechanic
Morris Minelli
Ferrari Mechanic (as Morris Morrison)
Luca Naddeo
Ferrari Mechanic
Marco Napoli
Ferrari Mechanic
Christian Stelluti
Ferrari Mechanic
Scott Hopkins
McLaren Mechanic
Matthew Watkinson
McLaren Mechanic
Anthony Wolfe
McLaren Mechanic
Jeremy Wolfe
McLaren Mechanic
Mark Postgate
McLaren Mechanic (as Mark Wright)
Lee Asquith-Coe
Fiji Pit Crew (uncredited)
Eddie Bagayawa
Press Cameraman (uncredited)
Krasen Belev
F1 Spectator (uncredited)
Alexander Bracq
South African Fan / German Fan / Spectator (uncredited)
Pablo Bubar
Smiley Reporter (uncredited)
Ray Burnet
Max Moseley (uncredited)
Roddy Button
Michael Parkinson
Robert Cambrinus
Austrian Registrar (uncredited)
Neil Chapelhow
Carlos Reutemann (uncredited)
Daniel Chapple
German Police Officer (uncredited)
Selina Chiu
Hunt's Oriental Girlfriend (uncredited)
Siong Loong Choong
Japanese Press (uncredited)
Alex Claus
Engineer (uncredited)
Gary Comerford
Commentator (uncredited)
Chris Cowlin
German Ambulance Man (uncredited)
Lee Craven
German C Class (uncredited)
Graham Curry
German Police Officer (uncredited)
Butchy Davy
John Watson (uncredited)
Kristofer Dayne
Mario Andretti
Filippo Delaunay
Formula 3 Driver (uncredited)
Morgan Delle Piane
Flight attendant (uncredited)
Lukas DiSparrow
Aficionado (uncredited)
John Duggan
Journalist (uncredited)
Ingvar Ebba
James Hunt's German Girlfriend (uncredited)
Jason Ebelthite
Italian Journalist (uncredited)
Rain Elwood
Hunts German Girlfriend (uncredited)
Helen Evans
Crowd (uncredited)
Rebecca Ferdinando
Maid of Honour (uncredited)
Joanna Finata
Italian Spectator (uncredited)
Robert Finlay
Gunnar Nilsson (uncredited)
Jake Francis
Race Official (uncredited)
Jensen Freeman
German Police Officer (uncredited)
Ricardo Freitas
International Journalist (uncredited)
Nigel Genis
Barbecue Chef (uncredited)
Kyriakos Georgiou
Press Photographer (uncredited)
Alexander Gillison
British Spectator (uncredited)
Raymond Glen
Italian Reporter (uncredited)
David Golt
Race Spectator (uncredited)
Ignacio Guirado
Spanish Spectator F1 (uncredited)
Antti Hakala
Hans-Joachim Stuck (uncredited)
Lee Nicholas Harris
Paramedic USA (uncredited)
Max Hastings
German Police Officer (uncredited)
John Heartstone
Italian Journalist (uncredited)
Kai Henschel
Paramedic (uncredited)
Richard Herdman
Italian Police Officer (uncredited)
James Hunt
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kevin Oliver Jones
German Spectator (uncredited)
Andy Joy
Darren Stone (uncredited)
Chris Kent-Ledger
Reporter (uncredited)
Aisling Knight
Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Chonradee Kulthap
Japanese Spectator / Grid Girl (uncredited)
Shaz Lancaster
Celebrity Race guest (uncredited)
Jamie Langlands
Tyrell mechanic (uncredited)
Niki Lauda
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Simone Liebman
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Alan Low
Japanese Press (uncredited)
Shaun Lucas
Journalist (uncredited)
Aaron Ly
Japanese Press (uncredited)
Teresa Mahoney
Italian Spectator (uncredited)
Sid Man
Japanese Grand Prix Track Official (uncredited)
Max Manganello
Brabham Mechanic (uncredited)
Jenna Alexa Manning
Pit Girl (uncredited)
Alessandro De Marco
Daniele Audetto (uncredited)
Guy W J Mayfield
Suzy Millers Brother (uncredited)
Ross McKinnon
Martini / Brabham Mechanic (uncredited)
Harry Dave McLaren
U.S Paperazzi (uncredited)
Pete Meads
F3 Mechanic (uncredited)
Martyn Moore
F3 Mechanic (uncredited)
Jon L. Morris
F1 Spectator (uncredited)
Stuart Mulcaster
F3 Mechanic (uncredited)
Adam Newbury
F1 Fan (uncredited)
Emily Ng
Japanese Spectator (uncredited)
Marios Nicolaides
Italian Press (uncredited)
Jeremy Oliver
South African Fan (uncredited)
Trent Owers
Italian (uncredited)
Steve Parker
Mechanic / Steward (uncredited)
Jodie Perry
Italian Woman Cristina (uncredited)
James Michael Rankin
Fireman (uncredited)
Paul Redfern
Trackside Spectator (uncredited)
Annabel Riley
Ferrari's Girl (uncredited)
Carl Robinson
Press Photographer (uncredited)
David G. Robinson
Race Marshal (uncredited)
Harry Rudd
Barry Sheene
Ruggero Dalla Santa
Italian Waiter (uncredited)
Dirk Schilling
German Police Officer (uncredited)
Santi Scinelli
Awards Folk (uncredited)
Julian Seager
Millionaire Rockstar (uncredited)
Kirsty Seager
F1 Fan (uncredited)
Faye Sewell
V.I.P. Spectator (uncredited)
Victoria Sviggum
Circuit Girl (uncredited)
Kate Sweeney
F3 Fan (uncredited)
Sami Tesfay
Brazilian Guy (uncredited)
Gerald Tomkinson
Commentator (uncredited)
Kevin Tran
Japanese Police / Spectator (uncredited)
Reuben Turner
Italian Friend (uncredited)
Michael Vardian
German Press Officer (uncredited)
Dennis Vehlen
Spectator (uncredited)
Fabio Vollono
FIA Official (uncredited)
John Warman
British Policeman (uncredited)
Louisa Warwick
Racing Driver's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Roland Watson
International Press (uncredited)
Tom Whelehan
Paramedic USA (uncredited)
Jonathan Whittaker
Reporter (uncredited)
Devora Wilde
German Grid Girl (uncredited)
Rosalie Wolff
Italian Women Valentina (uncredited)
Lucas Yashere
Guy in Restaurant (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Despite having to bend the truth in some areas, the film was warmly received by the most discerning critics, namely, the Formula One industry. When Rush was pre-release screened at the German Grand Prix in July (2013), the audience comprised a group of F1 drivers, team bosses, and British motor sports magnate Bernie Ecclestone. Director Ron Howard declared that the experience was his toughest 'reality' test since screening his Apollo 13 (1995) for NASA's astronauts and mission controllers in 1995. Nevertheless, Rush received a standing ovation.
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Chris Hemsworth auditioned for the James Hunt role while he was filming The Avengers (2012) and impressed Ron Howard so much, he was signed instantly.
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Originally, Paul Greengrass was on board as the director in development stage for Rush (2013). Greengrass though would eventually swap feature film projects with Ron Howard who was set to direct Captain Phillips (2013) during its developmental stage at the time. Greengrass came on to helm Captain Phillips (2013) instead as Howard went on board to helm Rush (2013) in replacement of Greengrass.
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Goofs
The ambulance seen driving by at the Nürburgring has an incorrect alarm siren sound. German ambulances sound like "ta-tü-ta-ta" whereas the one in the movie sounds like "dee-daa dee-daa".
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James Hunt receives a telephone call on his "Trimphone" which had an electronic warble to announce incoming calls, not the ringing bell heard on the soundtrack.
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Niki Lauda's first Formula One race in the movie is the 1973 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. This was actually the last race of the 1973 season.
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Quotes
James Hunt: I have a theory why women like racing drivers... It's not because they respect what we do, driving round and round in circles. Mostly they think that's pathetic and they're probably right. It's our closeness to death. You see the closer you are to death the more alive you feel, the more alive you are. They can see that in you they feel that in you. My name is James Hunt. My father is a stock broker, my sister is a barrister, and my brother is an accountant, and I... well I do this. It's a wonderful way to live, it's the only way to drive, as if each day is your last.
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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.
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Niki Lauda: When do you start testing? Next week?
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Faq
Q
What filming techniques were used to capture the 'Rush' of driving a Formula 1 Racing Car?
A
No special effects were used. Stunt drivers drove real F1 cars at speeds over 180 mph, while the actors had to do a couple weeks of training and driving in the race cars. Special attention was paid to capturing the sound of the cars that really puts you in the driver's seat. The Cinemphotographer used a huge variety of cameras mounted in different ways on the cars - if you watch 2013 car racing on TV you will be aware of the amazing places they manage to put cameras these days. So he did that and sent the cars out (a mix of F3 and some vintage F1 cars) to see what happened! There was an awful lot of editing and some CGI - but not at all inappropriate
Q
Did James Hunt really punch a journalist for insulting Niki Lauda?
A
No: the scene as depicted in the film is fictitious. However several people who knew Hunt (including his son Tom) have said that it would have been in his character to do so. Jerry Garrett, who was the motorsports editor of The Associated Press at the time, has confirmed in his blog that Lauda was asked about his scars at the press conference prior to the 1976 Italian Grand Prix:When Lauda came back from his accident, he was asked at a press conference at the Italian Grand Prix that year if he planned to have any plastic surgery to repair the burn scars. Lauda was angry at the question, and defiant, "No. No surgery. I don't care how I look. How I look now is how I look. If people don't like the way I look, they don't have to look at me."Garrett also references an article following that press conference which was written by a journalist whom he does not identify:Later, I know a British journalist asked in print, "I wonder if Mrs. Lauda has had any input into that decision." Whether this journalist was later introduced to the blunt end of James Hunt's anger, I do not know; but he did not remain on the motorsports beat for long thereafter.It is true that James Hunt had a reputation for a bad temper and for sometimes even striking out at people. After spinning off during the Canadian Grand Prix in 1977, he punched Ernie Strong, a volunteer race marshal who had come to his assistance. Hunt was fined $2,000 for that incident, and Strong later successfully sued him in court.
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Photos from cast
Olivia Wilde Natalie Dormer Marco Canadea Gemita Samarra