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Driven (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 27 April 2001 (USA)
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A young hot shot driver is in the middle of a championship season and is coming apart at the seams. A former CART champion is called in to give him guidance.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writers:

Jan Skrentny (story), Neal Tabachnick (story) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Joe Tanto
Burt Reynolds ... Carl Henry
Kip Pardue ... Jimmy Bly
Stacy Edwards ... Lucretia Clan
Til Schweiger ... Beau Brandenburg
Gina Gershon ... Cathy Heguy
Estella Warren ... Sophia Simone
Cristián de la Fuente ... Memo Heguy
Brent Briscoe ... Crusher
Robert Sean Leonard ... Demille Bly
Verona Pooth Verona Pooth ... Nina (as Verona Feldbusch)
Jasmin Wagner ... Ingrid (as Jasmine Wagner)
Chip Ganassi ... Team Owner
John Della Penna John Della Penna ... Team Manager
Dan Duran Dan Duran ... Commentator #1
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Storyline

Talented rookie race-car driver Jimmy Bly has started losing his focus and begins to slip in the race rankings. It's no wonder, with the immense pressure being shoveled on him by his overly ambitious promoter brother as well as Bly's romance with his arch rival's girlfriend Sophia. With much riding on Bly, car owner Carl Henry brings former racing star Joe Tanto on board to help Bly. To drive Bly back to the top of the rankings, Tanto must first deal with the emotional scars left over from a tragic racing accident which nearly took his life. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some intense crash sequences | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

film.ru (russian) [Russia]

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USA | Canada | Australia

Language:

English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

27 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ruutulippu See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,174,504, 29 April 2001

Gross USA:

$32,720,065

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,744,738
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the sounds are not of CART Champ Cars, but rather of Formula One cars. The movie was originally supposed to be about Formula One racing, but due to restrictions imposed on the production crew, the producers had to look elsewhere. See more »

Goofs

After Jimmy and Beau has saved Memo from the explosion, Memo's car is clearly seen in the water, lying in the same position as when they dragged Memo out of it, showing that no parts of the car has been blown up. See more »

Quotes

[Beau is choosing his career over Sophia]
Beau Brandenburg: This is my life.
Sophia Simone: This is not your life! This is what you do for a living.
Beau Brandenburg: My mind has to be out there, not in here. So right now this is my life.
Sophia Simone: So, what am I? What am I?
Beau Brandenburg: A distraction.
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Alternate Versions

In the original version of the film when Memo Heguy's (de la Fuente) car wrecks and is thrown upside down in the river, Joe Tanto (Stallone) jumped into the river with Jimmy Bly (Pardue) to save him. Beau Brandenburg (Schweiger) was not involved in this scene at all originally. But director Renny Harlin thought that it made the Beau Brandenburg character look totally heartless. So Stallone rewrote the scene taking his character Joe Tanto out of it completely. He instead put his character in the pits the entire time. The scene was partly reshot in a similar location in California, instead of returning to Germany where the original scene was filmed. Stallone wrote that the Brandenburg character turns his car around and helps save Memo from drowning. Parts of the original scene featuring Joe Tanto, were for the most part not reshot. Digital Effects company Pixel Magic digitally erased Tanto out of the scene. Aside from this scene, other scenes involving Beau Brandenburg were rewritten during filming to make his character more likable and misunderstood. Some of these scenes include the ending of the film and a scene where Brandenburg denies a female fan a kiss. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood's Hottest Car Chases (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

For the Love Of Money
Performed by The Rare Blend
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble), Leon Huff & Anthony Jackson
Courtesy of Curb Records, Inc.
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30 April 2003 | by picknmixSee all my reviews

It's hard to know where to begin with Driven. As a lover of films and motor sport this manages to insult me on two levels at the same time. Not only is it an abysmal film, which drags out the sorts of cliché's that they didn't think would fly in 'Knight Rider'. The washed up older driver, the young stud, the bitter crippled ex-driver. PLEASE! If not being a script most four years old might reject isn't enough, its also taken Indy car racing and decided its a 'backdrop' and ignores virtual all technical and practical aspects of it for the sake of convenience. So what you have here is a racing film, for anyone who has never watched racing and an action film for people who think very poor CGI slow motion crashes are cool. Anyone who wants to see acting as such wasn't even considered. It was supposedly originally written as an F1 racing story, presumably once F1 had seen the script they chose not to be associated with this moronic enterprise. As far as the cast is concerned, it has to be said that Stallone has made some exceptionally bad choices in recent years regarding movies, and this is yet another. Burt Reynolds always looks to me like his about to crack up - because no on in their right mind would pay anyone to give such performances. The younger drivers all seemed to have come from the 90211 clone farm where they are given blank expressions and stupid hair styles. Bettering them all is Estella Warren, who gives the sort of line delivery which makes the puppet cast of Thunderbirds seem like they were members of the Royal Shakespeare! Is their anything good about Driven? Yes, it convinced me that I won't watch another Stallone movie unless it has five Oscars beforehand.


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