1 2013 NR CC

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'"1" tells the story of a generation of Formula 1 drivers during the sport's deadliest period-those who risked their lives racing on the edge, and those who stood up to change the sport forever.

Starring:
Michael Fassbender, Niki Lauda
Runtime:
1 hour 52 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Paul Crowder
Starring Michael Fassbender, Niki Lauda
Supporting actors Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Mario Andretti, Jenson Button, Jackie Stewart, Bernie Ecclestone, Sebastian Vettel, Martin Brundle, Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter, Damon Hill, Sid Watkins, Max Mosley, Eddie Jordan, Jacky Ickx, John Surtees, Lord Hesketh
Studio Millennium Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This was one of the best movies I've ever seen regarding F1.
Amazon Customer
While mainly being about safety and the advancements over the years, it is also a great history of F1 and it's drivers and races.
F1Boomer
I like it so much that it'll probably be one of the rare movies that I watch more than once.
Dano

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W Waldrop on December 9, 2013
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For people truly interested in Formula One history, this is a great film. I had missed the period in F1 history that this covers, and learned a tremendous amount from the film. The filmmakers took the time to talk to historic personalities that lived the story, so it's so much more satisfying for hard-core enthusiasts than a mass-market film like Rush, though Rush is very good for what it is. This film is just so authoritative and thorough in gathering the footage and interviews, and it's edited them together beautifully. It does a great job cinematically of mixing contemporaneous footage with new film and graphics to give it a modern feel. I had looked forward to to "1" and I wasn't disappointed. Together with "Senna" and "Rush," "1" seems to make for a kind of golden age in films about F1. In an age of very professionalized sports, including F1, this film recalls a very different time -- when motorsport truly involved risking your life, and shows what happened when the drivers decided not to die for the sport any more.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By DVD Verdict on January 29, 2014
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1 wastes no time in getting your attention. It opens with a spectacular crash by driver Martin Brundle, who not only emerges from the wreckage unharmed, he sprints…SPRINTS…to the track doctor for clearance so that he can get into his backup car and continue the race. This establishes what you need to know: race cars are safe, race car drivers are a breed apart, and you want to see that again.

And you do, but it doesn't always end so happily, because while the men of Formula One have always been the different breed they are today, their cars haven't always been as safe as they are today. This is the overlying narrative to this (mostly) linear history of the sport: death and safety. Woven throughout the history of the men, the money, and the motors of Formula One is the constant reminder of just how dangerous the sport is.

You learn that in the earliest days, "protective headgear" was not really protective and more closely resembled a swimming cap in both form and function. As time marched on, titans of the sport's ownership—led by Enzo Ferrari—built bigger engines to make faster cars. Others chose a more scientific route, adding wings to increase speed by affecting aerodynamics.

In what is now one of my favorite sports quotes of all time, Enzo Ferrari said, "Aerodynamics are for people who can't build engines." Boom.

While the sport's automotive advances lurched forward, driver safety remained stagnant. Even after speeds doubled yet everything else stood still, the governing body itself essentially dismissed driver safety by stating that the drivers control the speed of the machines, so they should simply drive slower.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gingerbread 59 on January 6, 2014
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This is an excellent documentary on the evolution of Formula 1 that includes a great deal of spectacular footage, including lots of early and rarely seen footage of accidents. Happily, the safety improvements detailed in the film have led to nearly 2 decades without a fatality in the sport. This film traces the history and evolution of that movement, and offers wonderful glimpses of Jimmy Clark, Graham Hill, Francois Cevert, James Hunt and many other F1 greats racing and at leisure. I would recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in racing as it is an excellent and entertaining film.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Donn Kelly on October 14, 2013
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1 is absolutely the best auto racing doc ever made! I can't believe it hasn't got more attention. If you're a Formula 1 fan you've got to see it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By BeachBum on October 21, 2013
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Two great films covering Formula One were released this year. This is the one you probably never heard about.

I've been following F1 since the early 1970s and found this documentary engaging and thoughtfully filled in the back-story and missing links in my knowledge base. The film ranks up there right alongside my all-time favorite motorcycle documentary, On Any Sunday. The soundtrack is terrific; the vintage film footage and photos were superb.

My only criticism of "1" is also shared with the other F1 flick released this year: a complete diss of the Long Beach Grand Prix, which hosted the F1 World Championship from 1976 to 1983.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Phillip M Mallory on October 15, 2013
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Growing a bit long of tooth I remember so much of the subject of this film. If you are a fan of motor-sports, sports, human beings or documentaries in general please do not miss this gem. I stumbled across it quite by accident and am lucky I did. Watch this and then tell a friend to watch it.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By JJ on December 22, 2013
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I never take the time to rate anything, but '1' is absolutely fantastic! The classic footage in HD is a visual feast for grand prix fans; my only complaint is that the movie is too short. Wish the creators would make a film this long for every season of F1!!!
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31 of 43 people found the following review helpful By F1Boomer on December 18, 2013
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I saw my first Formula 1 race at Nurburgring in 1976 and saw first hand the damage to Niki Lauda's Ferrari as it went by us on the Flat bed at the bottom of the hill leading up to the Carrousel. I have attended15 Formula 1 races since that wet, cold day at the Nurburgring, and this film captures it in a way sadly missing in Ron Howards' disappointing Rush. Although both movies use a choppy video presentation (short clips stuck together), "1" uses this method much more effectively than Rush. It is a shame that Howard had Millions of dollars worth of Vintage F1 cars (actual cars from the 76 season) and access to hours of vintage period film, yet the race sequences are unconvincing and actually detracting from the movie. "1" on the other hand, uses period video perfectly and is terrific at showing the speed and glamor of the sport and is vital to help the storyline. The in-car footage is exhilarating and helps convey the sense of speed, something Rush never did. While mainly being about safety and the advancements over the years, it is also a great history of F1 and it's drivers and races. I highly recommend it to all racing fans and those casual fans as well.
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