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Death Race (2008)

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Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.

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Storyline

In 2012, amid economic chaos and high unemployment, Americans watch by the millions as criminals with life sentences race armored cars on Terminal Island. Two-thirds of the combatants die but the winner may earn his freedom. On the day he loses his job, steelworker Jensen Ames is arrested for his wife's murder. Sent to Terminal Island, he's offered an out by the steely and manipulative Warden Hennessey - race as the popular mask-wearing (but now dead) champion, Frankenstein, or rot in prison. Jensen makes the bargain. As the three-stage race approaches, he realizes that the whole thing may be a set up - can an anonymous man behind a mask get revenge and win his release? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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22 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Race 3000  »

Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

RUR 85,534,049 (Russia) (14 September 2008)

Gross:

$36,316,032 (USA)
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Trivia

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Goofs

At the end of "Stage 2" seconds before the Dreadnought smashes into the Death Head Trap. A close up shot of the Death Head rising from the ground clearly shows the metal frame & spikes only of the trap. Yet, the following shots show when the Dreadnought smashes into the Death Head Trap, there's suddenly a Metal box like shed within the metal frame of the Death Head Trap. But there clearly wasn't one there before after the Trap had been activated. See more »

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Case: [while being shot at during Death Race] Damn it!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, the line "Okay cocksucker. Fuck with me, and we'll see who shits on the sidewalk" is heard again. See more »

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Maybe Tomorrow
Written by Stuart Cable, Kelly Jones, Richard Jones
Performed by Stereophonics
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Don't Listen to the Critics
14 November 2008 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

I always hate it when all those high class critics from the newspapers and journals bash a film for not being what THEY want it to be and not looking at it for what its SUPPOSED to be.

The title is "Death Race" after all. No-one ever expected it to win any golden trophies in the first place. So what if the acting was a bit bland and the plot was a little weak. That's not was the movie is supposed th be about.

It's not a Martin Scorsese film where you sit back and think "Oh, that is very thought-provoking and I feel that I've truly learned something inspirational today." No. This is a film where you sit back, look at it, and think "Holy ****!! Did you see that ********** explosion?!"

This is a film where you have fun in. Don't worry if you walk away with nothing meaningful to talk about at the end. Go ahead and laugh at its stupidity. I guarantee you you'll still have a much better time that watching something like Capote


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