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Speed Racer (2008)

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A young driver, Speed Racer, aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile.

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Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers), Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers)

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Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers), Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Hirsch ... Speed
Nicholas Elia ... Young Speed Racer
Susan Sarandon ... Mom
Melissa Holroyd Melissa Holroyd ... Speed's Teacher
Ariel Winter ... Young Trixie
Scott Porter ... Rex Racer
Giancarlo Ganziano Giancarlo Ganziano ... Everyman Announcer (as Gian Ganziano)
Peter Fernandez ... Local Announcer
Harvey Friedman ... Harold Ledermann Announcer
Sadao Ueda ... Japanese Announcer
Valery Tscheplanowa ... Russian Announcer
Sami Loris Sami Loris ... Italian Announcer
Olivier Marlo Olivier Marlo ... French Announcer
Sean McDonagh Sean McDonagh ... Celtic Announcer
Kick Gurry ... Sparky
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Storyline

The story begins with Speed Racer who is a young man with natural racing instincts whose goal is to win The Crucible, a cross-country car racing rally that took the life of his older brother, Rex Racer. Speed is loyal to the family business, run by his parents Pops and Mom. Pops designed Speed's car, the Mach 5. The owner of Royalton Industries makes Speed a lucrative offer, Speed rejects the offer, angering the owner. Speed also uncovers a secret that top corporate interests, including Royalton, are fixing races and cheating to gain profit. With the offer to Speed denied, Royalton wants to ensure that Speed will not win races. Speed finds support from his parents and his girlfriend Trixie and enters The Crucible in a partnership with his one-time rival, Racer X, seeking to rescue his family's business and the racing sport itself. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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From the creators of 'The Matrix' trilogy comes a world built for speed. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of action, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Australia | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Speed Racer: The IMAX Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,561,337, 11 May 2008

Gross USA:

$43,945,766

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,945,766
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mr Royalton says his drivers need to be able to cope with speeds up to 4G. Theoretically a Merry-go-round can generate that. See more »

Goofs

When Royalton visits for the first time, the third button on Mom's shirt is undone. The next time she is visible, the second button is unbuttoned. From then on, all the buttons are buttoned. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Race Announcer: All drivers to your cars, please. All drivers to your cars.
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Crazy Credits

The first half of the closing credits is set in a montage of kaleidoscopic sequences, racing scenes, and Chim-Chim performing various antics. See more »

Connections

Version of Speed Racer (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Score from the Speed Racer
Classic Television Series (1966-1967)
Written by Nobuyoshi Koshibe
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This Movie Was EPIC!
10 May 2008 | by sxeclownSee all my reviews

Above everything else, this movie is a visual feast that stays true to the cartoon. I think it is really unfortunate that so many critics are complaining about the visuals in this movie, because I think that they are truly fantastic. I can safely say that I have never seen another movie like this one, and I feel that so many movies are going to try to do what this movie did. A lot of the visuals really are beautiful bursts of color similar to what you find on the busy streets of Tokyo, and this movie is aware of that. It is like they took Shibuya and made it a hundred times as big and colorful. Only someone who has been to Tokyo will know exactly what the Wachowskis were going for in this film. After all, it is based on a Japanese TV show.

The acting is somewhat campy, but can also turn that gear into more serious acting. It can be funny, and then be heartwarming. Lots of the racing sequences are very over the top, but the movie knows it and does it well. The tracks are very creative, and I can only imagine how fun they were to design. If real racing was this exciting, I would watch it all the time. I can understand why this film made the race tracks so crazy, because who would really want to see two hours of regular race tracks with cars going around and around? The sound was also really impressive in this film. The sounds of the race cars were explosive and loud and if you see this movie in a good theater, it will make it that much better. The music is also very fitting and tasteful. Probably the only time I will hear "Freebird" without being annoyed.

Also the politics in this movie were excellent as well. I feel above all the message of this movie is that money corrupts art. This movie portrays Speed as more of an artist than a race car driver. A big corporation wants to sponsor Speed, but Speed knows that corporations are evil and are only looking to make more money. He is very dedicated to his craft, and does not want to sell out. Speed knows that corporations corrupt art, and so does this movie. You will not see one piece of product placement in this whole film.

So overall this movie is very self-aware. It wants to entertain, and it does exactly that. It wants to be different, and it does exactly that. Don't listen to those wimpy critics that didn't like this film because it gave them a headache. Many people said the same thing about Moulin Rogue, and that movie is fantastic too. Critics who complained about there being too much color should have brought a pacifier with them to the movies, because only babies would complain about how this film looks. Race to your theater to see it now.


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