Death Race 2000

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New World Pictures Released 1975

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Director:
Paul Bartel
Released:
1975
Rating:
R

Death Race 2000 is a cult classic that centers around the 20th annual Transcontinental Road Race. Made in 1975, the movie is set in the futuristic year 2000, where the United States has been turned into a fascist police state. There is a unified church and state with one figurehead who oversees everything, Mr. President (Sandy McCallum), and the people are satisfied with bloody, gladiatorial entertainment. The favorite sport of the people is the three-day, coast-to-coast journey called the Transcontinental Road Race. Points are scored, not just for being the fastest, but also for hitting and killing pedestrians. Frankenstein (David Carradine) is the champion and the people's favorite racer. His main competition is "Machine Gun" Joe Viterbo (Sylvester Stallone), who wants to claim his spot as champion. In this year's race, the Resistance, an underground, anti-government group led by Thomasina Paine (Harriet Medin), has a plan to ambush Frankenstein, take him captive and replace him with a double, so he can kill Mr. President. Despite its over-the-top theme, Death Race 2000 is a film with great substance, making the viewer think about controversial issue like the presence of Big Brother and the unification of church and state.

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