Death Race 2000

Year: 1975

Production: New World

Director: Paul Bartel

Starring: David Carradine, Simone Griffith, Louisa Moritz, Sylvester Stallone, Marry Woronov

Screenwriter: Robert Thom, Charles Griffith

Based on a story by Ib Melchoir

80 minutes; Color


In this low-budget black satire about a car race across the USA in the year of 2000, the winner is the driver who kills the most pedestrians. "Frankenstein" (Carradine) - who has supposedly been in so many crashes that most of his body has been replaced with artificial parts - is the nation's favorite driver, and surprises everyone at the end by running over the US President as a political gesture. The film's fast pace and lively ironies led many critics to judge it superior to Rollerball (1975), a much more expensive production about the use of brutal sports as an opiate for the masses. A cult classic, Death Race 2000 has been much imitated.

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