Death Race 2000

Death Race 2000

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Overview

Death Race 2000

Cult hero Paul Bartel directed this low-budget satire in which America's passion for cars, violence, and sporting events are finally brought together in one convenient package. In the not-so-distant future, the United States has become a totalitarian regime overseen by the charming but sinister Mr. President (Sandy McCallum), who, in order to satisfy the masses' need for entertainment (and to quench their thirst for violence), has created a new national sport -- the Death Race, a nationwide road rally in which the winner is not determined by who finishes first, but by who scores the most points along the way by running over hapless pedestrians. Aspiring champions Machine Gun Joe Viterbo (Sylvester Stallone), Calamity Jane (Mary Woronov), Nero the Hero (Martin Kove), and Matilda the Hun (Roberta Collins) are all looking to take the top honors away from Frankenstein (David Carradine), a half-man/half-machine who has been built to be the best racer on Earth and can outrun and outkill anyone on the circuit. However, not everyone likes the Death Race, and revolutionary leader Thomasina Paine (Harriet Medin) wants to sabotage the event in the name of restoring democracy; her plan is to foil Frankenstein's expected victory by smuggling her daughter Annie (Simone Griffeth) into Frankenstein's race car as his navigator. Featuring David Carradine at the height of his Kung Fu fame (and Sylvester Stallone a year before Rocky), Death Race 2000 was a major drive-in hit in 1975; Bartel and Carradine teamed up for another road race movie, Cannonball, a year later, and a semi-sequel, Death Sport, appeared in 1978.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2010
UPC: 0826663119060
Original Release: 1975
Rating: NR
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:18:00
Sales rank: 19,702

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Carradine Frankenstein
Simone Griffeth Annie
Sylvester Stallone Machine Gun Joe Viterbo
Mary Woronov Calamity Jane
Roberta Collins Mathilda The Hun
Martin Kove Nero the Hero
Louisa Moritz Myra
Don Steele Junior Bruce
Joyce Jameson Grace Pander
Paul Laurence Special Agent
Harriet Medin Thomasina Paine
Bill Morey Deacon
Fred Grandy Herman the German
William Shephard Pete
Sandy Ignon FBI Agent
Roger Rook Radio Operator

Technical Credits
Paul Bartel Director
Paul Chihara Score Composer
Roger Corman Producer
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Charles B. Griffith Screenwriter
Tina Hirsch Editor
Dennis Jones Asst. Director
Richard MacLean Special Effects
Ib Melchior Original Story
Beala Neel Production Designer
B.B. Neel Art Director
Robin Royce Art Director
Jane Ruhm Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Thom Screenwriter

Scene Index

David on death race: interview with David Carradine; Audio commentary with Roger Corman and Mary Woronov; New audio commentary with assistant director Lewis Teague and editor Tina Hirsh; Playing the game: looking back at Death Race 2000; Ready to wear: interview with costume designer Jane Ruhm; Designing dystopia: a detailed look at the design and costume crew; Start your engines: interview with author Ib Melchoir; Killer score: an all-new interview with composer Paul Chihara on the creation of the film's eclectic score; Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman about Death Race 2000; Theatrical trailer; Theatrical trailer with commentary by John Landis, courtesy of trailersfromhell.com; TV and radio spots; 12-page booklet; New world trailers

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Death Race 2000 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever hear someone say while driving their car, that the old lady crossing the street up ahead is atleast 500 points and then someone begs to differ saying she is only worth 200. Well behold, its origin. The movie was made in the 70's, so the 70's style can be felt. It is an overall amusing flick. You should at the very least be able to say you have seen this movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago