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Rush

  • Documentary and factual
  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Ron Howard
  • 117 mins
  • 15

Summary

Motor-racing drama based on a true story, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl. The 1976 Formula One season is dominated by the intense rivalry between two brilliant drivers: the maverick James Hunt and the methodical Niki Lauda. As their quest for dominance of the sport grows more intense, tragedy seems almost inevitable.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

There's a real Cavalier-versus-Roundhead thrust to Ron Howard's zippy biopic about the rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt, the boozing blond ladies' man - nicknamed "Hunt the Shunt" because of his slap-happy driving style - and Niki Lauda, the nerdy bucktoothed tactician, also known as "The Rat". Howard captures the characters of the two drivers, abetted greatly by near-perfect performances from a swaggering Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and a scowling Daniel Brühl playing Lauda, and evokes the glamour and danger of 1970s F1. The action pivots on the 1976 German Grand Prix, when Lauda crashed and burned, forcing a three-race lay-off while he recovered from life-threatening injuries, allowing Hunt a shot at the World Championship. Peter Morgan's screenplay is faithful to the facts and respectful of both drivers without getting bogged down in technical minutiae, back story or overweening sentimentality. In other words, Rush is thoughtful and informative but also doesn't forget to be thrilling.

Credits

Cast

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Niki LaudaDaniel Brühl
James HuntChris Hemsworth
Suzy MillerOlivia Wilde
Marlene LaudaAlexandra Maria Lara
Clay RegazzoniPierfrancesco Favino
Alexander HeskethChristian McKay
Stirling MossAlistair Petrie
Nurse GemmaNatalie Dormer
Louis StanleyDavid Calder
Alastair CaldwellStephen Mangan
Anthony "Bubbles" HorsleyJulian Rhind-Tutt
John HoganPatrick Baladi
BRM mechanicJamie Sives
Guy EdwardsJames Norton
Peter HuntGeoffrey Streatfield
Agnes BonnetJoséphine de La Baume
Mario AndrettiKristofer Dayne

Crew

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DirectorRon Howard

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2013-09-13
Languages
English | German | Italian | French | Spanish
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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