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  • Actors: Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Whoopi Goldberg, Vince Vieluf, Cuba Gooding Jr.
  • Directors: Jerry Zucker
  • Writers: Andy Breckman
  • Producers: Jerry Zucker, James Jacks, Janet Zucker, Richard Vane, Sean Daniel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Nov. 2002
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LSER
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,067 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Eccentric millionaire Donald Sinclair (John Cleese) gathers together a bunch of diverse characters at his Las Vegas casino and tells them there is $2 million hidden in a train station locker in New Mexico, ready and waiting for the first person to claim it. The assembled crowd quickly set off after the prize, cheating, back-stabbing, using every conceivable means of transport, and each generally doing everything in their power to claim the money. Features Rowan Atkinson as the narcoleptic Mr Pollini, Seth Green as con-artist Duane, and Cuba Gooding Jr as a football referee named Owen who travels with a busload of Lucille Ball lookalikes.

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Rat Race ought to be far less enjoyable than, in the end, it is. Studded with C-list stars, it has a heartless and derivative premise: a group of no-hopers racing across country for a stash of money for the amusement of a casino owner (John Cleese) and a group of high rollers who will bet on anything. Yet their adventures along the way are inventive: for example, lost in the desert Cuba Gooding Jr ends up stealing a coach only to find it full of Lucille Ball impersonators who go "Waaah!" in chorus whenever anything goes wrong. Even the slapstick is inventive: director Jerry Airplane Zucker and writer Andy Breckman do interesting things with hot-air balloons, a narcoleptic Rowan Atkinson, emergency organ transporters and Hitler's Mercedes Benz. All of the characters, from Breckin Meyer's smugly careful lawyer to Seth Green's shabby little con man, discover in the end that they have hearts, that some things are more important than money and that sometimes it is the journey that matters. Of course, these are all colossal sentimental clichés and yet the film has a sweet-natured quality that sells them to us.

On the DVD: Rat Race is presented with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and Dolby 5:1 sound that delivers all of the snappy dialogue clearly. It comes with generous extras, including a gag reel, the theatrical trailer, an outtake where Seth Green completely fails to keep a straight face, a good-humoured interview with writer and director, a disappointing making-of documentary and some deleted scenes (with a couple that should not be missed). --Roz Kaveney

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Miss C. Ford on 6 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
My story's the same as everyone else - I saw the trailer, thought "Oh, for goodness' sake, it's just a remake of "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World; I'm steering clear", then caught the film by accident on the telly and was hooked.
The basic premise is simple - six keys, one locker, and a race for $2 million dollars. Mix into that some utterly hammy acting, Nazi Barbies, a cow tied to a hot-air balloon, and a woman intent on selling squirrels, and you've found yourself in the middle of Rat Race. And it's actually not bad. Rowan Atkinson's Italian, with an intentionally ridiculous accent and the line "Oh, a race! ...I hope I win" is frankly a remix of Mr Bean, whilst John Cleese's casino owner is classic Fawlty with extra teeth. But both those characters are classics, and stirred into this film, they become still funnier.
Every need is catered for, from those who like the disgusting (a human heart that lands up being chewed by a passing dog), to those who like the bizarre (betting on how long a maid can hang from a curtain rail). Even shameless pandering to the younger female population, myself included, can by found in the casting of the divine Breckin Meyer as a painfully cautious young lawyer determined not to go wrong, Seth Green as a dire conman, and Cuba Gooding Jr as a hapless football ref with a past he'd rather forget.
Yes, the ending is sickeningly sentimental, and in any other film would be inexcusable. But, given the events of the film, no other ending was possible. It doesn't try to be original, and really, who cares? Because in the end, you've had two million laughs at some crazy stuff that couldn't happen, and you're in a good enough mood to excuse anything.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Williams on 22 Oct. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
If you're reading this then you've stumbled upon the page for one of the funniest movies of recent years. This film directed by veteran nutter Jerry Zucker (yes, he of ariplane and naked gun), so if you're familiar with his work then you'll know exactly what to expect from this little caper comedy!
The plot has eccentric casino owner Donald Sinclair (a top form Cleese with some rather odd false teeth!), pull together 8 random people whom he gets to race from Las Vegas to New Mexico for a prize of $2,000,000 whilst he takes bets on the outcome. And what a group he has assembled.
The action really gets going when bumbling brother Blaine and Dwayne (Vince Vieleuf and Seth Green, going very well together), sabotage the airport, consigning the race to the ground and a lot of fast paced gags. The other characters include Enrico Pollini, a narcoleptic italian, played by Rowan Atkinson who is basically Mr. Bean with an accent (some people have complained about this, but that's the character and who better to play Mr. Bean with an accent than Mr. Bean?), Owen Templeton, a football (the American version!) referee who is under scrutiny for a bad call that has a lot of gamblers breathing down his neck looking for revenge, is portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr. The other cast members incluse further accomplished comedy actors such as Breckin Meyer and Amy Smart (Road Trip), Whoopi Goldberg, and Jon Lovitz.
What follows is an hour and a half of insanity in the classic chase movie style as the competitors try to outsmart each other in the race for the prize.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
The film is undoubtely funny at times, but quite frankly I cannot understand what the fuss is all about.
My first impression of the film was that, because there were so many well known actors in it, the reason the film had been made was either:
1) to be shown in theatres at Christmas (good money), or
2) for charity's purposes (probably the ending made me think of that).
Many of the funny bits were so obvious that one could imagine what was going to happen long before it did (Hitler's car and the obvious impersonation at the WWII reunion, for example).
The one thing I really liked was the rich guests betting on almost everything (from the price asked by the hooker to the first man to throw up on a turbolent flight). That alone will justify my viewing the film again.
Rowan Atkinson's character did look Italian (including the dark 5 o'clock shadow and accent), and John Cleese's teeth were hilarious. Whoopy Goldberg did not even seem to be present, and Wayne Knight was practically a Newman driving an ambulance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss C. Ford on 6 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
My story's the same as everyone else - I saw the trailer, thought "Oh, for goodness' sake, it's just a remake of "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World; I'm steering clear", then caught the film by accident on the telly and was hooked.
The basic premise is simple - six keys, one locker, and a race for $2 million dollars. Mix into that some utterly hammy acting, Nazi Barbies, a cow tied to a hot-air balloon, and a woman intent on selling squirrels, and you've found yourself in the middle of Rat Race. And it's actually not bad. Rowan Atkinson's Italian, with an intentionally ridiculous accent and the line "Oh, a race! ...I hope I win" is frankly a remix of Mr Bean, whilst John Cleese's casino owner is classic Fawlty with extra teeth. But both those characters are classics, and stirred into this film, they become still funnier.
Every need is catered for, from those who like the disgusting (a human heart that lands up being chewed by a passing dog), to those who like the bizarre (betting on how long a maid can hang from a curtain rail). Even shameless pandering to the younger female population, myself included, can by found in the casting of the divine Breckin Meyer as a painfully cautious young lawyer determined not to go wrong.
Yes, the ending is sickeningly sentimental, and in any other film would be inexcusable. But, given the events of the film, no other ending was possible. It doesn't try to be original, and really, who cares? Because in the end, you've had two million laughs at some crazy stuff that couldn't happen, and you're in a good enough mood to excuse anything.
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