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Death Race 2000


David Carradine, Simone Griffeth, Sylvester Stallone, Mary Woronov View All


Charles B. Griffith (Screenplay), Paul Bartel (Director), Robert Thom (Screenplay) View All

Released: Apr. 27th, 1975
Runtime: 1 hour, 20 minutes
In a boorish future, the government sponsors a popular, but bloody, cross-country race in which points are scored by mowing down pedestrians. Five teams, each comprised of a male and female, compete using cars equipped with deadly weapons. Frankenstein, the mysterious returning champion, has become America's hero, but this time he has a passenger from the underground resistance.
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The closest thing this film has to a hero is Frankenstein (David Carradine), the battle-scarred living legend who dresses like the Gimp in a superhero cape, who definitely has more depth than his position as a champion would indicate.
Citizen Rules
What makes Death Race 2000 work is that the movie never takes itself seriously.
It also has a bit of commentary on celebrity and its fandom, leading to a surprisingly touching and poignant moment where a girl sacrifices herself to help Frankenstein gain points as a way of proving how deep her love for him is.
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