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Driven

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Director: Renny Harlin, Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Kip Pardue

Cast: Renny Harlin, Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Kip Pardue

     
 

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Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay for this action-packed drama directed by Renny Harlin and set in the dangerous, high-stakes world of CART auto racing. Jimmy Bly (Kip Pardue) is an up-and-coming young star of the open-wheel circuit, but he's slipping in the rankings as the championships loom. Under pressure from his promoter brother Demille (Robert Sean Leonard

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Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay for this action-packed drama directed by Renny Harlin and set in the dangerous, high-stakes world of CART auto racing. Jimmy Bly (Kip Pardue) is an up-and-coming young star of the open-wheel circuit, but he's slipping in the rankings as the championships loom. Under pressure from his promoter brother Demille (Robert Sean Leonard) and wheelchair-bound owner Carl Henry (Burt Reynolds), Jimmy is given a mentor -- Joe Tanto (Stallone), a once great CART competitor whose career and marriage to Cathy (Gina Gershon) were destroyed by a tragic accident. Joe must earn the rookie's trust, while attempting a career comeback, dealing with persistent reporter Lucretia Clan (Stacy Edwards), and facing Cathy, who's remarried to rival racing sensation Memo Moreno (Cristian de la Fuente). Meanwhile, Jimmy is stirring up his own romantic trouble by pursuing Sophia (Estella Warren), the girlfriend of top driver Beau Brandenburg (Til Schweiger). Long interested in creating a car racing drama, Stallone penned Driven after abandoning a film biography of real-life Formula One legend Ayrton Senna.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Sylvester Stallone's dizzying, high-octane comeback vehicle does for auto racing what his breakout film Rocky did for boxing: makes it less about competition for prize money and more about character building and spiritual renewal. Stallone (who, in another parallel to Rocky, wrote the screenplay with himself in mind) plays a retired driver who reluctantly returns to the track at the behest of racing promoter Burt Reynolds. When rookie phenom Kip Pardue begins spiraling out of control, the old pro Sly is detailed to rein in the kid and keep his mind on the upcoming competitions. Romantic rivalry rears its head in the lissome form of supermodel Estella Warren, who takes up with Pardue after being dumped by champ Til Schweiger, and secondary female roles are well played by Stacy Edwards and Gina Gershon. As befitting the movie's subject matter, the direction of previous Stallone collaborator Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger) is hyperkinetic: The camera (often handheld) darts and swishes from one character to another, often cutting away before a shot's action has been completed. The editing is rapid enough to make the average music video appear lethargic by comparison. Driven aspires to be nothing more than a great popcorn movie, and it succeeds admirably by virtue of its nonstop action and pulse-pounding thrills. The DVD features two original documentaries, "The Making of Driven" and "Conquering Speed Through Live Action and Visual Effects," and sports a full-length commentary by director Harlin, in addition to deleted scenes, a music video, and cast-filmmaker career highlights.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
...the racing scenes hold you in their death-trip grip.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2013
UPC:
0883929285525
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

Additional scenes with commentary by Sylvester Stallone; Commentary by Renny Harlin; Behind-the-scenes documentaries The Making of Driven and Conquering Speed Through Live Action and Visual Effects; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone Joe Tanto
Burt Reynolds Carl Henry
Kip Pardue Jimmy Bly
Stacy Edwards Lucretia "Luc" Jones
Til Schweiger Beau Brandenburg
Gina Gershon Cathy Moreno
Estella Warren Sophia Simone
Cristián de la Fuente Memo Moreno
Brent Briscoe Crusher
Robert Sean Leonard DeMille Bly
Alison Armitage Joe's Former Girlfriend

Technical Credits
Renny Harlin Director,Producer
Debra Baum Musical Direction/Supervision
BT Score Composer
Don Carmody Executive Producer
Chris Cornwell Art Director
Michelle Davis Associate Producer
Mauro Fiore Cinematographer
Steve Gilson Editor
Myron Hoffert Asst. Director
Leeza-Maria el Khazen Associate Producer
Kevin King Executive Producer
Heidi Levitt Casting
Stuart Levy Editor
Mary E. McLeod Costumes/Costume Designer
Monika Mikkelsen Casting
Elie Samaha Producer
Gord Sim Set Decoration/Design
Jan Skrentny Original Story
Rebecca Spikings Executive Producer
Sylvester Stallone Producer,Screenwriter
Tracee Stanley Executive Producer
Andrew Stevens Executive Producer
Neal Tabachnick Original Story
John J. Thomson Sound/Sound Designer
Grant Van Der Slagt Set Decoration/Design
Charles J.H. Wood Production Designer

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