Race the Sun

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Released 1996

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Director:
Charles T. Kanganis , Charles Kanganis
Released:
1996
Rating:
PG
Race the Sun is a 1996 adventure comedy based on the true story of the Konawaena High School Solar Car Team. When science teacher Sandra Beecher (Halle Berry) arrives at Konawaena High School, she finds a bunch of bored students who have given up on their high school careers. Looking to inspire them, she prods them to design and build a solar-powered car to compete in a local competition. With the help of shop teacher Frank Machi (James Belushi), they build a solar-powered car they name "Cockroach." During their first competition, team captain Daniel (Casey Affleck) uses his experience as a surfer to pull out a victory. Now, joined by corporate sponsor Jack Fryman (Kevin Tighe), the team heads to Australia for the world's championship. With the pressure of an international competition, rivalries between Anglo and Hawaiian team members heat up and the team begins to fall apart. In the end, the team must find away to reconcile their differences or face losing the competition.moreless
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    Auto Sports, Teen, Family Dramas