Rat Race

Rat Race

Jerry Zucker (2001)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Fans of 1960s caper movie It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World will enjoy this infectiously silly film that's packed with celebrities and gags. John Cleese - complete with the maddest set of dentures ever seen on film - plays the billionaire casino owner who decides to give his high-rolling gamblers something unusual to bet on: the outcome of a race from Las Vegas to a locker a few hundred miles away in New Mexico that just happens to contain $2 million. A group of ordinary people are given the chance to get their hands on the loot - the only rule being that whoever gets there first, takes the cash. Among those in the hunt are a narcoleptic Italian (Rowan Atkinson), a recently reunited mother and daughter (Whoopi Goldberg and Lanai Chapman), two idiot brothers (Seth Green and Vince Vieluf) and a nagging Jewish husband and wife (Jon Lovitz and Kathy Najimy) who manage to run into a band of neo-Nazis en route. It may be an old-fashioned chase movie with jokes as ancient as the hills, but it's still a fun diversion.


A casino magnate approaches a group of no-hopers with the offer of $2million to whoever retrieves the sum from a locker in a train station in New Mexico, prompting a madcap cross-continent dash. Meanwhile, the casino owner's high-rolling gambler friends place bets on which of the bumbling contestants will win. Comedy, with Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Bates, Seth Green and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cast & Crew

Enrico Pollini Rowan Atkinson
Duane Cody Seth Green
Owen Templeton Cuba Gooding Jr
Donald Sinclair John Cleese
Vera Baker Whoopi Goldberg
Randy Pear Jon Lovitz
Beverly Pear Kathy Najimy
Tracy Faucet Amy Smart
Squirrel lady Kathy Bates
Nick Schaffer Breckin Meyer
Director Jerry Zucker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Edited for language.Available on: video and DVD