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Rat Race (DVD)

Rat Race is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Jerry Zucker. Inspired by Stanley Kramer s 1963 film It s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the film features an ensemble cast consisting of Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Wayne Knight, Jon Lovitz, Kathy Najimy, Lanei Chapman, Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Seth Green, Vince Vieluf, John Cleese and Dave Thomas.

The film centers on six teams of people who are given the task of racing 563 miles (906 km) from a Las Vegas casino to a Silver City, New Mexico train station where a storage locker contains a duffel bag filled with $2 million. Each team is given a key to the locker and the first person to reach the locker gets the money.

Produced by Fireworks Pictures, Alphaville Films and Zucker s Zucker Productions, the film was released theatrically by Paramount Pictures on August 17, 2001, in the United States and Canada. Despite receiving mixed to negative reviews from critics, the film was a box office success, having grossed $85.5 million worldwide against a $48 million budget, and in recent years has developed a cult following.


Eccentric tycoon Donald Sinclair devises a game to entertain the high rollers who visit his Las Vegas casino. He arranges for six competitors to race the 563 miles (906 km) to Silver City, New Mexico, where $2 million is in a train station locker. Sinclair s guests place bets on who will win.

The racers consist of dimwitted con-artist brothers Duane and Blaine Cody, uptight businesswoman Merrill Jennings and her overly optimistic mother Vera, disgraced football referee Owen Templeton, gambling addict Randy Pear and his family, narcoleptic Italian tourist Enrico Pollini, and no-nonsense attorney Nick Schaffer. Having initially agreed not to play, greed takes over and they start to race.

Duane and Blaine destroy the airport radar, grounding everybody else but wrecking their vehicle so they steal another. They split up to better their chances. They have a locksmith create a duplicate locker key but he overhears their plan and makes off with the key in a hot air balloon. The brothers catch him and leave him and a stray cow hanging from the balloon s anchor rope. Their car is crushed by a monster truck which they then steal.

Merrill and Vera are given malicious directions and crash. They steal a rocket car until it runs out of fuel, then stumble onto a busload of mental patients headed for Silver City.

Owen is kicked out of a taxi and pantsed for his bad call at a football game that caused the driver to lose his bet. He impersonates the driver of a busload of Lucille Ball cosplayers. He hits the cow dangling from the balloon and crashes. He reveals that he is not the real driver and the enraged women chase him. He escapes and steals a horse to ride to Silver City.

Randy and his family, at the insistence of their daughter, visit a museum to Nazi Klaus Barbie, believing it to be about Barbie the doll. They steal Adolf Hitler s staff car after Duane and Blaine sabotage their vehicle. When his family insist they end the trip, Randy drugs them with sleeping pills and bundles them into a semi-truck.

Nick chooses not to participate but changes his mind when he meets Tracy Faucet, who gives him a lift in her helicopter. She uses it to attack her cheating boyfriend, then having damaged the helicopter she and Nick steal the boyfriend s truck and form a romantic relationship while driving to Silver City.

Enrico is more excited by the race than the money but falls asleep at the start, only waking hours later. He gets a ride from Zack, an ambulance driver delivering a transplant heart. Enrico inadvertently drops the heart out of the window, whereupon it is stolen by a dog, which is then electrocuted on an electric fence. Zack decides to kill Enrico to replace the missing heart. Enrico escapes by boarding a passing train where he drops his key in a baby s diaper and, retrieving it, is mistaken for a pedophile. He is thrown out at Silver City station and is the first to reach the locker, only to fall asleep upon unlocking it.

The racers reunite in Silver City and fight to open the locker only to find it empty. Outside, Sinclair s assistant Grisham and call girl Vicki are making off with the money. The locksmith maneuvers the balloon to drop the cow on Grisham and ties the money bag to the balloon. The racers chase the balloon to a Smash Mouth charity concert. The band and crowd mistake the money for a donation. Once the racers see the charitable good spirit engendered, they are persuaded to donate. Nick horrifies Sinclair and his patrons by announcing that Sinclair and the gamblers will match the money raised. Sinclair is distraught as the donations total shoots past $19 million while the racers dance to All Star .


  • John Cleese as Donald P. Sinclair, an eccentric Las Vegas billionaire and gambling mastermind. (Donald Sinclair was the name of the former joint owner of the Gleneagles Hotel, Torquay and provided the inspiration for the eccentric Basil Fawlty (John Cleese), joint owner of the fictional Torquay hotel Fawlty Towers).
  • Breckin Meyer as Nicholas Nick Schaffer, a strait-laced young attorney
  • Amy Smart as Tracy Faucet, an experienced helicopter pilot with rage issues and Nick s love interest
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. as Owen Templeton, a disgraced football referee, recently infamous for a bad call
  • Seth Green as Duane Cody, a ne er do well looking to make money off insurance scams
  • Vince Vieluf as Blaine Cody, Duane s unintelligible body-piercing brother
  • Lanei Chapman as Merrill Jennings, a high-strung businesswoman with some rage issues
  • Whoopi Goldberg as Vera Baker, Merrill s superstitious mother, who gave Merrill up for adoption and is now reuniting with her
  • Jon Lovitz as Randy Pear, a sneaky, irresponsible and recklessly opportunist tourist
  • Kathy Najimy as Beverly Bev Pear, Randy s wife
  • Brody Smith as Jason Pear, Randy and Bev s older child
  • Jillian Marie Hubert as Kimberly Pear, Randy and Bev s younger child
  • Rowan Atkinson as Enrico Pollini, a simple-minded, narcoleptic Italian tourist
  • Dave Thomas as Harold Grisham, Sinclair s attorney
  • Wayne Knight as Zack Mallozzi, a medical supply driver
  • Silas Weir Mitchell as Lloyd, a locksmith
  • Brandy Ledford as Vicki, a call girl
  • Paul Rodriguez as Gus The Cabbie, a taxi driver
  • Dean Cain as Shawn Kent, Tracy s ex-boyfriend
  • Colleen Camp as Rainbow House Nurse
  • Deborah Theaker as one of the Lucille Ball cosplayers
  • Charlotte Zucker as an elderly Lucille Ball cosplayer
  • Rance Howard as Feed the Earth Spokesman
  • Gloria Allred as herself
  • Smash Mouth as themselves
  • Kathy Bates (uncredited) as a roadside squirrel seller
  • Diamond Dallas and Kimberly Page (deleted scenes) as themselves
  • Manoj Sood as a Saudi high roller
  • Tristin Leffler as a pierced girl
  • Chris Myers as himself
  • Kevin Frazier as himself



Rat Race was initially written by Darryl Quarles as a spec script. By February 1999, the script had been sold to Hollywood Pictures and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. In August 1999, Jerry Zucker was in negotiations to direct the film for Paramount Pictures from a screenplay written by Andy Breckman that would be set in Las Vegas, Nevada and in New Mexico.

Paramount hoped to begin production of the film in the end of 1999 or the beginning of 2000. Jerry and Janet Zucker were to produce the film alongside Sean Daniel, while Daniel s partner in Alphaville Films, James Jacks, would serve as executive producer. The filmmakers initially considered having the film s characters race from Las Vegas, Nevada to Las Vegas, New Mexico, but the idea was rejected following concerns that it might confuse viewers.

In January 2000, Las Vegas, Nevada was confirmed as a filming location for Rat Race. Location scouting in southern Nevada was scheduled for May 2000, while filming in the area was delayed until the fall of 2000, to avoid shooting the film in one hundred degree summer heat. Breckin Meyer and Amy Smart were cast in the film in June 2000, while Dean Cain also joined the cast in October.

Actor John Cleese praised the script as one of only two scripts during his career that he enjoyed: It s so unusual to get a top class script. Twice in my life I ve had the experience of reading a script and simply saying, I m going to do this.


Filming began in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in August 2000. Filming took place primarily along Calgary s highways, which stood in as highways that the characters travel on in Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. Desert scenes were shot in the Canadian town of Drumheller. Second unit filming began in Las Vegas on August 7, 2000, with scenes primarily involving Cuba Gooding Jr.

Scheduled filming locations included the Las Vegas Strip, Tropicana Avenue (east of the Las Vegas Strip), McCarran International Airport, and Nevada State Route 159. Other scheduled filming locations in Nevada included Goodsprings and Sandy Valley.

Scenes involving Gooding and the group of Lucy impersonators were shot in the Canadian Rockies. Jerry Zucker, who had a tradition of including his mother Charlotte in each of his films beginning with Airplane!, had her portray one of the Lucy impersonators. Jerry Zucker said, It s like the Alfred Hitchcock signature. Instead of me, it s mom. Filming also took place at Calgary s former Currie Barracks military base, which had been converted to accommodate film and television productions.

Sound stages were constructed inside two aircraft hangars at the base to be used for many of the film s interior scenes, including the Venetian s hotel rooms and conference room. Driving scenes, using green screens and rear projection effects, were also shot inside the hangars. The scene with the coin toss by Owen Templeton was filmed at Calgary s McMahon Stadium during a game on September 4.

Filming returned to Las Vegas for a nine-day period beginning on September 20, 2000, with the first three days spent at the McCarran International Airport, before moving to the Venetian resort on the Las Vegas Strip for a six-day shoot. Venetian officials negotiated with Paramount for six months to use the resort in the film. Scenes were shot throughout the Venetian, with the exception of its hotel rooms. Venetian scenes included the casino, lobby, and the entrance to its valet parking garage, as well as exterior shots of the resort. Approximately 1,000 background extras were needed during the second Las Vegas shoot. On September 25, 2000, second unit filming took place along Nevada State Route 161, leading to Goodsprings.

Filming in Las Vegas concluded on September 29, 2000, and production moved to Ely, Nevada, which stood in as Silver City, New Mexico. Ely s Nevada Northern Railway Museum stood in as the Silver City train station. According to the Nevada Film Office, the filmmakers fell in love with the museum after being shown pictures of it. As a result, the initial two day shoot in Ely was extended to six days. Ely s western entrance, accessed from U.S. Route 50, was used as the entrance to Silver City.

After concluding in Ely, production crews relocated to southern California for the final six weeks of filming, mainly for exterior scenes. California filming primarily occurred in Antelope Valley, Palmdale, Acton, Santa Clarita, and Newhall. Rosamond, California was also a primary location, with filming occurring during a three-week period in October 2000. Smart s helicopter scenes were filmed at 3118 Carnation Street in Rosamond. Additional filming in California occurred at Big Sky Ranch and El Mirage Lake.

Sinclair and the gamblers eccentric habits are further exaggerated in deleted scenes, where they partake in many more ridiculous bets, including playing Monopoly with real money. In another scene, a high roller pretends to find what they are doing immoral. Professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page and his wife, Kimberly, had a cameo that was cut when test audiences failed to give his appearance any reaction. The scene is available on the DVD release.


Box office

Rat Race was released in both the United States and Canada on August 17, 2001, and grossed US$11,662,094 in its opening weekend at the North American box office, ranking third behind American Pie 2 and Rush Hour 2. The film ultimately grossed $56.6 million domestically and $28.8 million overseas for a worldwide total of approximately $85.5 million based on a budget of an estimated $48 million, making it commercially successful.

The film was released in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2002, and opened also at number three behind the non-comedic The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone. For the next two weekends, the film regained the spot, before moving down one place and then four places down before finally ending up on No. 10 on February 10, 2002.

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 45% based on 128 reviews, with an average rating of 5.00/10. The website s critical consensus reads, Rat Race moves from one sight gag to another, but only a handful of them are genuinely funny. On Metacritic, the film received a score of 52 based on 26 reviews, indicating mixed or average reviews . Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of B+ on an A+ to F scale.




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1h 52min


Awards, 3 nominations


Jerry Zucker


Andy Breckman


Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Whoopi Goldberg

Produced by

Sean Daniel, James Jacks, Richard Vane, Janet Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Music by

John Powell

Cinematography by

Thomas E. Ackerman

Film Editing by

Tom Lewis

Casting By

Bette Chadwick, Candice Elzinga

Production Design by

Gary Frutkoff

Art Direction by

Doug Byggdin, Seth Reed

Set Decoration by

Renee Baril, Larry Dias, Carol Lavallee

Costume Design by

Ellen Mirojnick

Makeup Department

Steve Artmont, Dale Bach, Stacye P. Branche, Margaret E. Elliott, Linda Grimes, Gail Kennedy, Robert Kurtzman, Don Lanning, Janet MacDonald, Loretta Jody Miller, Cheri Minns, Cathy Olshaski, Debra Planidin-Turcios, Joanne Preece, Kim Santantonio, Julia L. Walker, Jon C. White, Marlene D. Williams, Sandra Woodring, Barbara Zaseybida, Stacey Butterworth, Franca Vaccaro

Production Management

Allegra Clegg, Lars Lehmann, Kiki Morris, Brent O Connor, Cornelia Ryan

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Albert Cho, Warren Cronin, Timothy Grant Engle, Mickey Gilbert, John Hockridge, Reggie Jackson, Lisa Jemus, John Kerr, Joseph J. Kontra, Dwane Launt, Foongy Lee, Brad Logel, Sarah Rogers, Trevor Seitz, Matthew D. Smith, Pierre Tremblay, Rebecca Strickland Weathersby, Michele Williams, Wayne Witherspoon

Art Department

Edwin Amell, Jennifer Bannister, Jason Bedig, Brent A. Blom, Scott Bobbitt, Gary A. Brewer, Corran Brownlee, Jeff Cahill, Kirk Corwin, Michael Crowley, David Davern, Claude Dupont, David Elliott, Kieran Gelfand, Lisa Godwin, Vinson Jae, Johnny Jones, Brian Kent, Fireball Tim Lawrence, Cheree Miller, Thomas Moffitt, Leyton Morris, Lisa Penaranda, Ed Regan, Craig Reynolds, Mark Rodriguez, Reyes Rodriguez, Brooke Sartorius, Theodore Sharps, John Snow, R. Lucas Stewart, Jim Stubblefield, Phillip Thoman, Peter A. Tullo, Susan Turner, Dwight Upshaw, Doreen Austria, Cary Conway, Adam Khalid, Phil Roberts

Sound Department

Cesar Aguirre, Rick Bold, Donald D. Brown, Richard Burton, Simon Coke, Don Coufal, Robert Deschaine, Thom Coach Ehle, Christopher Flick, Dana LeBlanc Frankley, Gary Gegan, Kevin Globerman, Jeffrey A. Humphreys, Matthew Iadarola, Doug Johnston, Susan Kurtz, Aaron Levy, Sarah Monat, Ronnie Morgan, John Morris, Ryan Murphy, Vince Nicastro, Eliza Pollack Zebert, David M. Ronne, Gregg Silk, Randy Singer, Frank Smathers, Greg Steele, Beth Sterner, Robert Ulrich, Craig Weintraub, Jeff Wexler, Jay Wilkinson, Michele L. Wozny, Wendy Czajkowsky

Special Effects by

Eric Allard, Chad Atkinson, Gary D. Bierend, Oscar G. Castillo, Kenneth C. Clark, Beth Hathaway, Richard L. Hill, Jeff Himmel, Garrett Immel, Louis Kiss, Don Lanning, Hans Metz, Clare Mulroy, Justin Parks, Stan Parks, Brian Rae, David Satchwell, Robyn Simms, David Wogh, Mark Yuricich, Lance Gilmer, Salvy Maleki, James Paradis

Visual Effects by

Jason Adams, Matthew Adams, Michael Addabbo, Jonathan Alvord, Ted Andre, Randall Bahnsen, Jeffrey Edward Baksinski, Lynn Basas, S. Kai Bovaird, Ruth Caspary, Oscar G. Castillo, John Ceballos, Paul Clemente, Robert Coquia Jr., Erin M. Cullen, Ralph Denson, Scott Dougherty, Joe Dubs, Brian Gardner, Tau Gerber, Jacqueline Gordon, Tom K. Gurney, Dennis Hoffman, Paul Howarth, Lubo Hristov, Jeffrey L. Jamison, Fred Jimenez, Krystine Lankenau, Vincent Lavares, Lyndon Li, David Lingenfelser, Marcel Martinez, Michael J. McAlister, Valerie McMahon, Kama Moiha, Serena Rainbow Naramore, Chad Owen, Jason Piccioni, Corinne Pooler, Dante Quintana, Michael Ramirez, David Robinson, Mark Sarte, David Satchwell, Kevin Schwab, Eric Schweickert, Kino Scialabba, Anthony Serenil, Tony Sgueglia, Cybele Sierra, Kenny Sutherland, Kenji Sweeney, Tracy Takahashi, Antonio Torres, Renée Tymn, Victor Vu, Dan Wanket, Steve Wright, Jason Yen, Kevin Bell, Kristen Borges, Wally Chin, Glen Gustafson, Roger Loftis


Ron Althoff, Seth Arnett, Joni Avery, Stanton Barrett, Christine Anne Baur, John Blenkhorn, Bobby Burns, Keith Butler, Matt Byrne, Jacob Chambers, Clarke Coleman, John Dodds, Tom Elliott, Danny Epper, Richard Epper, Jim Finkbeiner, Christian J. Fletcher, Tim Gilbert, Troy Gilbert, Sandra Lee Gimpel, Corry Glass, Reg Glass, Gary Guercio, Beth Hathaway, Chuck Hosack, David Hugghins, Kevin L. Jackson, Brett A. Jones, Mike Justus, Donna Keegan, Kym Washington Longino, Deb Macatumpag, Dustin Meier, Rita Minor, Larry Nicholas, Kimberly Page, Stan Parks, Michael A. Rizza, Kurtis Sanders, John Scott, Glenn J. Smith, Matthew Taylor, Dain Turner, Tierre Turner, Jeremiah Vaughn, April Weeden, Brent Woolsey, Joey Box, Matt Byrne, Doc D. Charbonneau, Clarke Coleman, Debbie Evans, Dana Dru Evenson, J. Armin Garza II, Anita Hart, Blaze Jones, Diana R. Lupo, Dallas Page, Victor Paul, Jimmy Romano, Pat Romano, Lynn Salvatori, April Weeden, Bill Young

Camera and Electrical Department

John Adshead, Fredrick Albrecht, Elizabeth Algieri, Michael Ambrose, Eddie Avila, Jeff Baer, Brigette Bennett, Justin Bergler, Gary L. Camp, Dwight Campbell, Henry Cantor, Bob Crockett, Thomas M. Dangcil, Jerry C. Deats, Sean Devine, Tony DeVito, Rob Doak, Doug Dole, Neal Eldridge, Jim Filippone, Tom Fillingham, Will Fowler, Christopher Franey, Linda Gacsko, Ray Garcia, Harry K. Garvin, Jeff Gatesman, Schane Godon, Mike Gould, Doane Gregory, Anthony Hall, Ivan Hawkes, Christian Hibbard, Steven Hiller, Jay M. Huntoon, Jeffrey A. Johnson, Larry R.J. Jones, Tammy Jones, Irv Katz, Martin Keough, Charles Koetke, Mike Kolafa, Chris Kosloski, John Lazear, Corey Lee, Ken Little Jr., Michael Lyon, Jerry L. Mandley, Armin Matter, Don McCuaig, Annie McEveety, John McEveety, Duane Mieliwocki, Tim Milligan, Lloyd Moriarity, Paul Murphey, Max Neal, Reggie Newkirk, David L. Parrish, Simone Perusse, Blake Pike, Douglas Pruss, Lou Reese, James W. Roberson, Steve Rogers, Tony Rudenko, Mike Saad, Joe Sanchez, John Seale, Tony Sommo, Christopher G. Sprague, Tom Stanger, Aaron Stewart, Suzanne Tenner, Keith Thomson, John Trapman, Renee Treyball, Mark Vollmer, Steven J. Winslow, Aaron G. York, Bruce Yost, Steve Zvorsky, Greg Barrera, Tommy Campbell

Animation Department

Paul Golden, Sandra Kimberly, Julia Tortolani

Casting Department

Sherry Aude, Jaki Baskow, Ajay Dass, Rhonda Fisekci, Barbara Harris, Janet Hirshenson, Jane Jenkins, Diane Kirman, Michelle Lewitt, Louise Mackiewicz, Cash Oshman, Kris Rurka, Martina Smyth, Maria Spaeth

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Susi Campos, Amanda Chamberlin, Karen Christensen, Lois DeArmond, Michael Dennison, Jeffrey Fayle, Jennifer Haffenden, Linda Henrikson, Susan Lichtman, Shoshana Rubin

Editorial Department

David L. Bertman, James A. Brewer, Jeff Etcher, Joseph Fitzpatrick, Donald Freeman, Christopher Hodgson, Dave Lee, Deidre Leonard, Richard Long, Martin Ostrom, Stephen R. Sheridan, Shelly Theaker, Paul M. Wagner

Location Management

Gerard Averill, Brad Bemis, Scotty Brown, Chris Campbell, S. Todd Christensen, Judy Heinzen Culotta, Brian Dunne, Russ Fega, Nancy Haecker, David Israel, Kimberly Lynn, Ben Owens, Emre Sonmez, Mark Voyce, David L. Wolfson, Christina Quast

Music Department

Geoff Alexander, Bunny Andrews, David Arch, Roger Argente, Elmer Bernstein, Mark Berrow, Richard Bissill, Brian Bulman, John A. Coleman, Eric Crees, Peter Davies, Terry Edwards, Andrew Findon, Christy Gerhart, Bonnie Greenberg, Steven Greenberg, Isobel Griffiths, Nick Ingman, Lisa Jaime, Luis Jardim, London Voices, James McKee Smith, Alan Meyerson, Jeremy Raub, Gary Raymond, Joel J. Richard, Patrick Russ, Jonathan Snowden, Tony Stanton, John Ashton Thomas, Kevin Townend, Rick Wentworth, Nick Wollage, Gavyn Wright, Warren Zielinski, Rachel Bolt, Bud Raymond, Bruce White

Script and Continuity Department

Randi Feldman, Hilary Momberger-Powers

Transportation Department

Chris Arnold, Dwight Beard, Ray Breckenridge, Steve Brodsky, Lyle Christensen, Lawrence Gooch, Ronald Hooker, Howard Horwitz, Scott Jimerson, Danny C. Klepper, Walter McClain, Tim McGaughy, Thomas O Donnell, Ron Poniewaz, Jack Jay Reece, John Sagray, Gary Sauer, John Suttles, John F. Teeple, Roger Wooge, Bonnie Yamahiro, Bill Young, Everett Everett

Additional Crew

Lisa Marie Ackel, Aviline Adshead, Collin Allin, Jill Antal, Donna Armstrong, Marty Arthur, Angela Athayde, Diane Balle, Elizabeth Bartolotta-Clark, Bannister Bergen, Howard Berger, John Blair, Erin Borel, Leon Thomas Braun, Chris Cinnamon, Bill Cleavelin, Curt Clendenin, Gino Crognale, Chris Cummins, Coral Dambrauskas, Dante, William M. DeLuca, Rob Doak, Devon Evans, Juliana FauntLeRoy, Jay Floyd, Toby Forlenza, Katy Genovese, Marc C. Geschwind, Lorie Gibson, Wendy Goldfisher, Marty Hanenberg, Peter Hansen, Jill Heather, Chris Higgs, Lora Hingst, Tara Howie, Patrick G. Ingram, Reggie Jackson II, Reggie Jackson, Andrew Judge, Rainer Kahl, Luke Khanlian, Rick Kramer, Michael Kruk, Robert Kurtzman, Scott Macleod, Nicki McCain, Elizabeth McCarthy, Travis McConnell, Mimi N. McGreal, Darwin Mitchell, Jean Nakahara, Boone Narr, Greg Nicotero, Nadia Paine, Chris Palmer, Jon Philion, Pamela Poole, Pierrette Pretty, Jacoby K. Radcliff, Sooki Raphael, Brad Robinson, Heather Roscorla, Tony Rudenko, Troy Rudolph, Shannon Shea, Kerri Smeltzer, Glenn J. Smith, Norma Smith, Phil Smith, Andy Sowerwine, Sandra Staggs, Lisa Swain, Haley Sweet, Rebecca L. Taylor, David Tepper, Debbie Tieman, Julia Tortolani, Shea Vargé, Richelle M. Vawter, Peter Vogel, Ty Warren, David Wogh, Alex L. Worman, Algerita Wynn, George Brown, Jean Duff, Michael J. Harker, Slade Hart, George Skip Henfling, Omar Mosquera, Victoria Sturm


Action, Adventure, Comedy


Paramount Pictures, Alphaville Films, Fireworks Pictures


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Short Description

Rat Race is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Jerry Zucker. Inspired by Stanley Kramer s 1963 film It s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the film features an ensemble cast consisting of Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Wayne Knight, Jon Lovitz, Kathy Najimy, Lanei Chapman, Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Seth Green, Vince Vieluf, John Cleese and Dave Thomas.

The film centers on six teams of people who are given the task of racing 563 miles (906 km) from a Las Vegas casino to a Silver City, New Mexico train station where a storage locker contains a duffel bag filled with $2 million. Each team is given a key to the locker and the first person to reach the locker gets the money.

Produced by Fireworks Pictures, Alphaville Films and Zucker s Zucker Productions, the film was released theatrically by Paramount Pictures on August 17, 2001, in the United States and Canada. Despite receiving mixed to negative reviews from critics, the film was a box office success, having grossed $85.5 million worldwide against a $48 million budget, and in recent years has developed a cult following.

Box Office Budget

$48,000,000 (estimated)

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