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DEATH RACE 2000 - 3 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1978 New World Pictures.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Frankenstein - David Carradine! Dark and brooding racer, he is believed to be a myriad of replaced limbs.
  • Machine Gun Joe - Sylvester Stallone! Racer with a classic gangster motif, except he stresses. A lot. Him and his ulcer say hi to a grenade.
  • Annie Paine - Daughter of the rebel leader who is out to capture or kill Frankenstein, she falls in love with him instead.
  • Myra - Joe's amazingly blonde navigator, helps him welcome the grenade.
  • Calamity Jane - Crazed female driver, her car looks like a steer until it runs over a land mine.
  • Matilda the Hun - Aryan poster girl, drives off a cliff.
  • Nero the Hero - Hits an explosive baby, points zero.
  • Junior Bruce - Hyper reporter, he won't stop campaigning for the race until Frankenstein runs him over.
  • Grace Parker - Heavy female reporter, she's the kind who is everybody's "dear friend."
  • Thomasina Paine - Leader of the resistance, Betsy Ross' daughter or something.
  • The President - Emperor of America who loves us all. Run down by Frankenstein.

Buy It!

The Plot: 

David Carradine running around in a leather jumpsuit, what else could you want? Well, maybe somebody other than David Carradine in the jumpsuit, but then Stallone wouldn't have anyone to stress about.

In 2000 America has been rebuilt by one man, the President has become an emperor. With this power he created the Race. Every year violent role-playing psychopaths are placed behind the wheels of high performance killing machines and sent across the country. Their goal? Finish alive with the most points from running down as many pedestrians as possible and it's all perfectly legal. See a line of doctors and nurses on the sidewalk? Thump, thump, thump: 110 points.

Lucky for us there are rebels who believe in safe highways; led by Thomasina Paine they decide to fight back. You have to feel sorry for Nero, he makes to run over what seems to be a cute little toddler and it turns out to be a doll full of explosives. The rebels really want to get Frankenstein though, he's favored to win the race and a personal friend of the President.

Having planted Annie as Frankenstein's navigator they try to capture or kill him to no avail; he is a man on a mission. His right hand was removed, in the real thing's place is an artificial one with a grenade embedded in it. (Believe it or not, Carradine makes the "hand grenade" joke - I didn't even get a chance.) Frankenstein hates the President and his race more than anyone else and he knows the winner gets to shake hands.

Okay, the entertainment value of this movie should be obvious. People are getting churned into road mush left and right with sports reporters acting like it's the Super Bowl.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • In the future marching bands suck.
  • David Carradine is a little skinny to be the imposing evil guy.
  • Every generation has one person who speaks like Howard Cosell.
  • Don't try to play matador with a car.
  • Blondes are not dumb; they are hard of hearing.
  • If you love someone set them free, if they come back turn them into road kill.
  • Stallone hates fly fishermen.
  • People do not make effective speed bumps.
  • David Carradine can kick Sylvester Stallone's ass.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - This title sequence does not bode well.
  • 7 mins - Yo Adrian! (You knew that was coming, your friends knew that was coming, the door knew that was coming...)
  • 25 mins - Pop goes the brain cavity!
  • 26 mins - Hey, how about sitting up? Thank you!
  • 26 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
  • 37 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST CLERGY! Wait a minute, he just ran over the Pope!
  • 44 mins - "Make fast my V1 rocket?"
  • 52 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A VIOLIN!
  • 56 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
  • 59 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A PIT CREW!
  • 76 mins - She's Batman! (Hehehehe!)

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

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Green Music Note deathrace1.wav Junior: "Frankenstein, who lost a leg in 98, an arm in 99, with half a face and half a chest and all the guts in the world he's back! God only knows what he looks like under that mask, but he is back."
Green Music Note deathrace2.wav Junior: "Once again: Mr. President."
The President: "I have made the United Provinces of America the greatest power in the known universe."
Green Music Note deathrace3.wav Harold: "Which only goes to show that even the fearsome Frankenstein has a one hundred percent red-blooded American sense of humor."
Green Music Note deathrace4.wav Grace: "She was a great, dear friend of mine and I shall remember her forever howling down that freeway in the sky, knocking over...the angels."

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This takes some explaining and I'm not the man to do it, but here goes. Old people are worth mondo points, but the doctors and nurses are probably in their twenties or thirties and are worth much less as road kill (this all makes sense in a weird Kevorkian sort of way). By running over the individuals worth less points it shows Frankenstein has a sense of humor.

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Death Race 2000
Reply #33. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Dan Lyon
Truely the finest motor-head ultra-violence viddie of it's day. Great cast, great cars, great wummin. Masterpiece Theatre of Schlock.
Death Race 2000
Reply #34. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by slick rick
This movie RULED on Betamax! That kind of film your parentīs didnīt allow you to see when we were 9 or 10 (my case). When I got busted watching it on a fourth turn, they took it away... forever! No kidding.
An odyssey began. For years I wandered the surviving images in me. Dreams hunted me, reconstructing the pieces. It was a log journey until I got a copy on VHS 10 years ago. Let me tell you, it as a long black alley.
The flick is great and Iīm pleased to see a lot of people still dig it as much as I do. I recently got the DVD transfer and itīs awesome. Gotta see it again!

And thatīs my DEATH RACE 2000 evolutionary home video transfer experience.

Death Race 2000
Reply #35. Posted on March 17, 2004, 04:15:38 PM by Rachel
this  movie is so great, i was cracking up the whole time. my favorite part is when they put all the old people outside to get run over and he drives through the hospital. great movie!
Death Race 2000
Reply #36. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Alberto

Es una peli de puta madre, de las mejores del mundo y altamente recomendable para niņos por su caracter didactico. Lo mejor de todo es el papelon de nuestro queridisimo Silvester Estaloun. Elementos que este gran actor aporta con su personaje y su gran calidad interpretativa son el gapo que le echa a frankesntein en el coche, el puņetazo que le pega a su copilota por tontear con frankestein, el atropello de su equipo tecnico por hablar de el a sus espaldas, su modo de reventar el violin a un musico, su asquerosisima forma de comer, su intento de violacion, el corte de manga que hace a la grada mientras conduce... Simplemente genial
Death Race 2000
Reply #37. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by s.h.a.d.o.
Deathrace 2000 - remains a cult-classic! Little more can be said than most of what has already been said above ... with the exception maybe of repeating 'do get yourself a copy as no library is complete with out'!
That said ... if you're a fan of DR2000 check out David Carridene's other car-gem; CANNONBALL (and I do mean GEM)
Done long before Burt and fellow rat-pack gang decided that a comedy-racing-cheese movie might just be the ticket to boost some sagging carreers.
The CANNONBALL plot is just a tad bit more substancial this time ... an ex-con on probation (also sleeping with his probation officer) enters into an illegal coast-to-coast road-wreck, ... er, I mean road-race ... cars, speed, stunts and tongue-in-cheek black humor abound, and the number of famous 'unknowns' cast here and there top the scales ... from Dolf to Stallone (even his squeaky-voiced blond bimbo co-pilot is back) making it a bit of an all-star-cast by today's standard!
Cheap, dated and cheesy, but I like it too!
Cannonball & Deathrace 2000 ... classic Drive-In fare at it's best!

Death Race 2000
Reply #38. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Mark
This movie rocks. Stallone plays the ultimate insane over the top pyhsco path. Damn frankenstein for winning, we all know it should have been machine gun joe!

"In My Ear?"
"You lousy sons of b***hes!!!!"
"Lousy stinkin dirtball, you got 2 seconds to live"
"Hey you wanna zip your lip mira?"
"I though i told you to stop playing that music!!!"

All classics joe moments. The movie contains much more
Death Race 2000
Reply #39. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by bill
There must be several cuts of this movie in cirulation. Because I can't believe no one has commented on Stallone's full frontal nudity scene.  I mean really.. how did he ever get the nickname "Italian Stallion"..  or is that nickname just as satirical and campy as this great movie.
Death Race 2000
Reply #40. Posted on September 07, 2004, 02:03:11 PM by Greg
One of the best ever made.  I remember my brother and I laughing through all of it.
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