Classic Review – Death Race 2000 (1975)

Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys)

Death Race 2000 posterDeath Race 2000

Directed by Paul Bartel

Starring David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Simone Griffeth

Review by Jordan

When presenting a scathing criticism of a totalitarian Government, with drones saluting a charismatic Head of State, it’s good to not take yourself too seriously. With David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone facing off in an annual cross-country road race endorsed by the American President, where reaching the finish line first only accounts for a portion of the victory points and running down bystanders the rest, it’s clear that director Paul Bartel and producer Roger Corman wished for their film to ignite laughs first, wincing second and contemplation third.

Senseless violence in films of course is no cause for celebration nor an instant entertainment barometer, as Roger Ebert so passionately spoke of in his own review of Death Race upon it’s release, having seen it in cinema filled with cheering kids far…

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