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RACING DREAMS is the award winning coming-of-age story about three kids who dream of one day racing in NASCAR. Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker, Marshall Curry, takes us into the lives of Annabeth (11 years old), Josh (12), and Brandon (13) as they compete for the championship in the World Karting Association's National Series -- widely considered the Little League for professional racing. Clocking speeds of up to 70 mph, these young drivers race their way through the year-long National Series that spawned many of NASCAR's top drivers. And at the same time, they navigate the treacherous road between childhood and young adulthood. In intimate moments of young love and family struggle, this exciting and often humorous story has been fondly described as part CATCHER IN THE RYE and part TALLEDEGA NIGHTS.

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The best film of the year... make no mistake, this one is an instant classic! --The Los Angeles Times

An exciting, poignant tale of growing up fast with adult ambitions. --New York Magazine

Among those not to miss: Racing Dreams, Marshall Curry's absorbing portrait of young go-kart racers, is one of the year's best. --The Washington Post

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  • Actors: Annabeth Barnes, Josh Hobson, Brandon Warren, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
  • Directors: Marshall Curry
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Hannover House
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VNJIVU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,499 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Kael-Jones on September 28, 2010
Format: DVD
This is one of the year's best films, and one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. Don't be misled by the title's implication that this is a film for racing fans. This is much more about dreams, and is a film for families and anyone dealing with young teens at this crucial turning point in their lives. Director Marshall Curry is a talent to watch. He skillfully captures the tension, drama and subtext of his subjects, without crossing into an emotional manipulation of his audience. I concur with the unanimous praise bestowed upon Racing Dreams by the 20+ national reviewers on the RottenTomatoes website, who have given the film a 100% fresh ranking, the year's best score!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terry Mott, Jr. on February 16, 2013
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This current version purchased has no closed caption/English Subtitle not included in this documentary film, I really like go-kart racing stuff... would like to replace with latest version of this DVD or on Blu-Ray to have English Subtitle in it(we are hearing impaired viewers and using HDMI cable between player/TV, cannot pass TV closed caption through HDMI cable, only subtitle will work)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aaron VanCleve on September 12, 2011
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I have always disliked oval racing and still do BUT.... This is different!!! If you hate American oval racing you need to watch this. This doc really opened my eyes to what these young drivers work towards. The passion these kids have is amazing and I felt like I was 11 again. The three children in this film are all very gifted and will be very good racers. A definite 5 stars! Please make a sequel so I can see how they do in those awesome cars!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Duran on April 23, 2013
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I have watched racing for over 15 years and my nephew has shown interest in cars lately too. So after I saw this on Netflix I decided I would buy it because of how great the over all story is. I showed my nephew and he was ecstatic about it. Great for the whole family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Micole D. on November 3, 2012
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Beautiful documentary that both my sons and grandsons enjoyed watching TOGETHER!!! 'Cause they're all little boys at heart, right. Oh, yeah, the rest of the family -- the girls -- really enjoyed it too. Especially 'cause 'the guys' were QUIET AND FOCUSED for a change.
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Filmmaker Marshall Curry follows three young go-kart race drivers for 12 months in "Racing Dreams", a documentary with more interesting people, drama, and insight than I've seen in a fictional film in a long time. Annabeth Barnes is 11 years old and wants to be the first woman to win the Daytona 500. Josh Hobson is a 12-year-old perfectionist. Brandon Warren is a daredevil 13-year-old. All aspire to be NASCAR drivers. And all compete in 5 races over the course of a year for the World Karting Association's (WKA) National Pavement Series. The driver with the most points at the end of the 5th race wins. Barnes and Hobson are junior class racers. Warren is in the senior class.

The racing looks like a lot of fun, even though these youngsters take it very seriously. These are the races that will launch their careers. They're driven, disciplined and savvy about sponsors and marketing. Go-kart racing is expensive, and stock car and Formula One racing will be even moreso. We see the pressure this puts on working class families who have talented and ambitious children. The filmmakers were able to get incredible access to the personal and professional lives of the drivers and their families. Cameras followed these people around for a year. As a result, the drivers are able to narrate their story without doing so consciously. They are rarely "interviewed"; they are recorded.

The families offer their perspectives on their children's ambitions. They are caught up in their children's racing dreams to various degrees but always with a mind to doing what they can to provide the kids with the opportunity to fulfill those dreams.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By doclover99 on October 16, 2010
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This is one of the best docs I have ever seen. It plays like a real film and the stories of the kids and their parents remind me of my own family. Don't miss it!
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By Kevin on April 1, 2013
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This is a good documentary but not great like most here have said it is but still I liked it alright. It just wasnt long enough and their are only five races shown but its more about the kids and I get that but it just wasnt exactly what I expected.
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