Rush (2013 film)

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Rush
Rush movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRon Howard
Produced by
Screenplay byPeter Morgan
Starring
Music byHans Zimmer
CinematographyAnthony Dod Mantle
Editing by
Studio
Distributed by
Release dates
  • September 13, 2013 (2013-09-13) (United Kingdom)[2]
  • September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20) (United States)[3]
Running time122 minutes[4]
Country
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom[5]
Language
  • English
  • German
Budget$38 million
Box office$90,247,624[6]
 
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Rush
Rush movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRon Howard
Produced by
Screenplay byPeter Morgan
Starring
Music byHans Zimmer
CinematographyAnthony Dod Mantle
Editing by
Studio
Distributed by
Release dates
  • September 13, 2013 (2013-09-13) (United Kingdom)[2]
  • September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20) (United States)[3]
Running time122 minutes[4]
Country
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom[5]
Language
  • English
  • German
Budget$38 million
Box office$90,247,624[6]

Rush is a 2013 British-German biographical sports drama film centered on the rivalry between race car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season. It was written by Peter Morgan, directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Lauda. The film premiered in London on September 2, 2013 and was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival[7][8] before its UK and US theatrical releases on, respectively, September 13 and 20, 2013.[2]

Story[edit]

James Hunt and Niki Lauda are two highly skilled race car drivers who first develop a fierce rivalry in 1970 at a Formula Three race at the Crystal Palace circuit in England, when both their cars spin out and Hunt eventually wins the race. Hunt is a brash young Englishman with a tendency to vomit before every race, while the Austrian Lauda is a cool, calculating technical genius who relies on precision. After a falling out with his father, Lauda takes a large bank loan and buys his way into the BRM Formula One team, meeting teammate Clay Regazzoni for the first time. Meanwhile, Hesketh Racing, the fledgling racing team Hunt drives for, enters Formula One as well. Lauda then joins Scuderia Ferrari with Regazzoni and wins his first championship in 1975. Hesketh closes shop after failing to secure a sponsor, but Hunt manages to land a driving position in McLaren after Emerson Fittipaldi leaves the team. During this time, Hunt marries supermodel Suzy Miller, while Lauda develops a relationship with socialite Marlene Knaus.

The 1976 Formula One season starts with Lauda dominating the first two races while Hunt struggles to catch up. Hunt wins the Spanish Grand Prix, but is disqualified after a post-race inspection rules that his car is too wide. Struggling to comply with F1 rules, McLaren suffers a series of setbacks on the next few races, and Hunt's situation is further exacerbated when Suzy is discovered to have a relationship with Richard Burton. Following his divorce, he regains his competitive spirit and his disqualification in Spain is overturned, reinstating the points he lost and putting him back into championship contention. Meanwhile, Lauda marries Marlene in a private ceremony but starts to have concerns about the effects of his marriage on his racing career.

At the German Grand Prix, Lauda urges the F1 committee to cancel the race due to heavy rain on the already notoriously dangerous Nürburgring; the request is vetoed by majority of the racers after Hunt convinces them that Lauda fears losing the points race. Both Hunt and Lauda start the race with rain tires, which becomes a costly tactic due to most of the track quickly drying up. They both pit to change tires during the second lap, but halfway through the third lap, a suspension arm in Lauda's Ferrari breaks, sending the car flying into an embankment before it bursts into flames and is further hit by other cars on the track. After being pulled out of the flaming wreckage, he is airlifted to the hospital with third-degree burns to his head and face and dangerous internal burns to his lungs. For the next six weeks, Lauda is treated for his injuries while he watches his rival dominate the races in his absence. Against his doctor's orders, he returns behind the wheel of his Ferrari at the Italian Grand Prix to finish fourth while Hunt fails to finish the race.

The 1976 season comes to a climax at the rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix. Hunt's late rally in Lauda's absence has pulled him within three points of Lauda. At the end of the second lap, Lauda returns to the pits and retires from the race, opting to stay with Marlene instead of risking his life again on the track. Hunt now needs to finish third or better to win the championship. After facing stiff competition under grueling conditions and overcoming tire problems and injuring his hand due to the gear shifter knob breaking, Hunt finishes third, giving him enough points to beat Lauda by one point and win the championship. He spends the rest of the year with fame, sex, and drugs, while Lauda takes an interest in flying private planes. At a private airfield in Bologna, Lauda suggests Hunt to focus on the next racing season, but later on realizes that Hunt no longer has anything to prove. Hunt continues to race until his retirement in 1979, and becomes a motorsport broadcast commentator until his death in 1993 at the age of 45.

Cast[edit]

Hunt and Lauda appear as themselves at the end of the film in archive footage.

Production[edit]

The film was shot on location in the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria.[1] Filming took place at the former World War II airfield of Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, the Snetterton (Norfolk), Cadwell Park (Lincolnshire) and Brands Hatch (Kent)[10] motor racing circuits in England, and at the Nürburgring in Germany.[11] Both vintage race cars and replicas were used in the filming. The producers include Hürth-based action concept Film- und Stuntproduktion, Egoli Tossell Film, Revolution Films (GB) and Cross Creek Pictures (US). The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW funded the film with €1.35 million, additional funding was provided by MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg and the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF).[12]

Director Ron Howard originally intended for Russell Crowe to make a cameo appearance as Richard Burton for a brief scene where he confronts James Hunt on his affair with Suzy.[13][14]

Historical accuracy[edit]

Some things in the movie are exaggerated (like the Hunt-Lauda rivalry), others downplayed (like Lauda's wife shock at his disfigurement), and others invented (like Hunt beating up a reporter or the Nürburgring nickname being "the graveyard". In fact Jackie Stewart had nicknamed it "The Green Hell").[15][16][17]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's orchestral score was composed by Hans Zimmer.[18] The soundtrack includes 1970s rock music by Dave Edmunds, Steve Winwood, Mud, Thin Lizzy, and David Bowie.[19]

Marketing[edit]

BBC Two aired the documentary Hunt vs. Lauda: F1's Greatest Racing Rivals, on July 14, 2013. The documentary provides an extensive look at the rivalry between Hunt and Lauda, featuring interviews with Lauda and former crew members of the McLaren and Ferrari teams.[20][21]

The Ferrari & The Cinema Society jointly organized a screening of the film at Chelsea Clearview Cinemas in New York on September 18, 2013. Chris Hemsworth attended the screening.[22]

Reception[edit]

Rush has received critical acclaim. As of 6 November 2013 (2013-11-06), it holds a rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 207 reviews with an average rating of 7.6 out of 10, and a rating of 92% based on 39 Top Critics reviews, with an average rating of 7.5 out of 10.[23] Its consensus reads "A sleek, slick, well-oiled machine, Rush is a finely crafted sports drama with exhilarating race sequences and strong performances from Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl."[23] Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 75 based on 44 reviews.[24]

Niki Lauda was pleased with the overall look of the film. He was quoted as saying: "When I saw it the first time I was impressed. There was no Hollywood changes or things changed a little bit Hollywood-like. It is very accurate. And this really surprised me very positively."[13]

Box office[edit]

Rush earned $26,947,624 in North America, and $63,300,000 elsewhere, for a worldwide gross of $90,247,624.[6]

Home media[edit]

Rush was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 28, 2014.

Accolades[edit]

Awards
AwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
AACTA International Awards[25]Best FilmNominated
British Academy Film AwardsOutstanding British FilmPending
Best Supporting ActorDaniel BrühlPending
Best EditingDaniel P. Hanley, Mike HillPending
Best SoundDanny Hambrook, Frank Kruse, Markus StemlerPending
Boston Society of Film CriticsBest Film EditingDaniel P. Hanley, Mike HillWon
Golden Globe AwardsBest Motion Picture – DramaNominated
Best Supporting Actor – Motion PictureDaniel BrühlNominated
Phoenix Film Critics SocietyBest Film EditingDaniel P. Hanley, Mike HillPending
San Diego Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActorDaniel BrühlNominated
Best ScoreHans ZimmerNominated
Santa Barbara International Film FestivalVirtuoso AwardDaniel BrühlWon
Satellite AwardsBest DirectorRon HowardPending
Best CinematographyAnthony Dod MantlePending
Best Visual EffectsAntoine Moulineau, Jody Johnson, Mark HodgkinsPending
Best EditingDaniel P. Hanley, Mike HillPending
Best SoundDanny Hambrook, Frank Kruse, Markus StemlerPending
Best Art Direction and Production DesignMark Digby, Patrick RolfePending
Costume DesignJulian DayPending
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleDaniel BrühlNominated
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion PictureNominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorDaniel BrühlNominated
Best EditingDan Hanley, Mike HillNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rush - Official Movie Site - 2013". Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Rush Movie Official UK Site for the Rush Film In Cinemas 13th September". Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "A Ron Howard Film: 'Rush'". Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rush". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Rush". TIFF. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  6. ^ a b "Rush". Box Office Mojo/IMDb. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  7. ^ "Toronto film festival 2013: the full line-up". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  8. ^ Evans, Ian (2013), "Rush TIFF premiere photos", DigitalHit.com 
  9. ^ "Interview: Cineworld talks to Rush actor Stephen Mangan". cineworld (UK). 2 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Rush Film Focus". 
  11. ^ "Hollywood director gets a real Rush filming at Cadwell". Horncastle News (Johnston Publishing). May 11, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Premiere on Saturday in Cologne: "Rush"". Film und Media Stiftung NRW. 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  13. ^ a b "Rush True Story vs. Movie". History vs. Hollywood. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  14. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (2011-10-04). "Olivia Wilde Lands ‘Rush’ Role Of Suzy Miller; Russell Crowe For Richard Burton Cameo?". Deadline. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  15. ^ von Tunzelmann, Alex (18 September 2013). "Rush: a thrilling but untrusty ride". www.theguardian.com. The Guardian. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  16. ^ WYBREW, ALLY. "Rush Vs. Real Life: Where Fact Meets Fiction". www.empireonline.com. Empire. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Williams, Richard (6 September 2013). "Rush's soap washes away subtleties of James Hunt and Niki Lauda". www.theguardian.com. The Guardian. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Rosen, Christopher (2013-09-16). "Hans Zimmer On His 'Rush' Soundtrack, Oscar Nominations & 'Man Of Steel 2'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  19. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (2013-08-28). "Watch: New Clip From 'Rush' Plus Details On The Soundtrack Which Includes David Bowie, Thin Lizzy & Hans Zimmer". IndieWire. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  20. ^ "Hunt vs. Lauda: F1's Greatest Racing Rivals". BBC. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  21. ^ Davies, Serena (2013-07-14). "Hunt vs Lauda: F1's Greatest Racing Rivals, BBC Two, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  22. ^ Smarp. "'Chris Hemsworth in Chelsea Clearview Cinema, New York, NY, USA'". Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  23. ^ a b "Rush Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Rush Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  25. ^ Kemp, Stuart (13 December 2013). "'American Hustle' Dominates Australian Academy's International Award Noms". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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