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The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

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Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Bruhl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die. Written by P. Morgan

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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$187,289 (USA) (20 September 2013)

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$26,903,709 (USA) (15 November 2013)
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Jochen Mass, portrayed himself, driving the #12 Marlboro McLaren in the movie. Mass was seen passing stuntmen portraying Niki Lauda and James Hunt (Mass' teammate) in a key scene at the 1976 German Grand Prix, the site of the Nurburgring accident. A production assistant, assigned to work on the end-of-movie credit roll, was making the rounds on the set of the movie "Rush", as the crew filmed at the Nurburgring race track in Germany, in fall 2012, asked Mass what his name was, as he was wearing a racing suit with "Jochen Mass" on it. When he stated his name, several times...The PA looked flustered, "No your real name. What is your real name" . The PA went off in search of someone who spoke German, because she was sure the man was not understanding her question on not who he was portraying in the movie, but what his ACTUAL name was. Mass, is now 67, enjoying a decade in Formula 1 racing, from 1973 to 1982, won the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix - his only F1 triumph, and the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans. Although he retired from competitive driving long ago, he still races the occasional vintage car event. He's fit, and managed to emerge pretty much unscathed from his career in racing. See more »

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The car which picks up Niki and Marlene in Italy has an Italian rectangular license plate on the back, with a style never seen in Italy. Rectangular plates were introduced in 1976 and featured an orange provincial code which preceded the number. But the scene is set in 1975: Italian license plates at that time were square, with the provincial code in the top row with up to two digits, and the last four digits in the bottom row. The front one, however, is accurate both in shape and format (the provincial code followed the number). See more »

Quotes

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Niki Lauda: Twenty five drivers start every season in Formula One, and each year two of us die. What kind of person does a job like this? Not normal men, for sure. Rebels, lunatics, dreamers. People who are that desperate to make a mark, and are prepared to die trying. My name is Niki Lauda, and racing people know me for two things. The first is my rivalry with him.
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Niki Lauda: I don't know why it became such a big thing. We were just drivers busting each other's balls. To me this is perfectly...
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) See more »

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Inferno
Written by Hans Zimmer
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Excellent
6 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a breath of fresh air... A brilliant film in every respect. I was lucky enough to this movie at a special preview and I cant tell you how great a film this is... At first you think its about racing cars, but its not it really does give you an insight into the human condition...

The rivalry between Hunt and Lauder is just played brilliantly... The race sequences are superb, really taking you back to the 70s... The heyday of this awesome sport. It shows the end of an era where the gentlemen drivers begin to give way to professional sportsmen and the end (in my opinion) of the excitement of the sport. It shows what a pale reflection today's F1 is of this once great sport, and what great characters we have lost...

A real must see movie


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