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Roadracers (2012)

David Arquette , John Hawkes , Robert Rodriguez  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: David Arquette, John Hawkes, Salma Hayek
  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Acclaimed director Robert Rodriguez delivers more action-packed thrills with Roadracers, the story of a rockin' rebel named Dude (David Arquette), racing through life with a fast car, a loud guitar, a sexy girlfriend (Salma Hayek) and a big mouth. But when a confrontation ends with deadly threats, Dude finds himself speeding head-on toward a showdown that will settle the score for good. With hot stars and an energetic style all its own, Roadracers is fast-paced entertainment that never slows down.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool stuff November 20, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Robert Rodriguez hits every corner with this ultra-cool sendup of '50's rebel movies. Cheap without looking cheap (except where Rodriguez intended it), this film is alternately chilling and hilarous. You can never tell when or where some totally outrageous sight-gag or outlandish bit of sarcasm will turn up, even at the most "serious" moments. Truly off-the-wall.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars agree: the coolest movie ever that nobody's seen December 27, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Even if this movie was made for TV it should have been released for the big screen. As it is nobody seems to know this gem. Insanely great music, Johnny Reno's My Mistake alone worth the price of the tape. Great characters like the Nixer and Dude. This movie has major cult potential if only people knew about it.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great JD Hommage - Nonstop Fun December 3, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I have seen this movie more than ten times and I never tire of watching it. It's got everything: humor, action, romance, Blaise Pascal's pensees (remember Nixer's French Fry/Human Condition analogy), and most of all, red hot rock and roll music. Rodriguez's films were lost on me after El Mariachi, but this little gem I cannot praise highly enough. Anyone looking for the songs from the film, check with Norton Records (their 1980s re-issue covers are all over Dude's garage).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Rebel Highway was a short-lived revival of American International Pictures created and produced by Lou Arkoff, the son of Samuel Z. Arkoff and Debra Hill for the Showtime channel in 1994.
The concept was 10-week series of 1950s "drive-in classic" B-movies remade "with a '90s edge".[1] The impetus for the series, according to Arkoff was, "what it would be like if you made Rebel Without a Cause today. It would be more lurid, sexier, and much more dangerous, and you definitely would have had Natalie Wood's top off".[2] Originally, Arkoff wanted to call the series, Raging Hormones but Showtime decided on Rebel Highway instead.[3] Arkoff and Hill invited several directors to pick a title from one of Samuel Arkoff's movies, hire their own writers and create a story that could resemble the original if they wanted.[3] In addition, they had the right to a final cut and select their own director of photography and the editor.[4] Each director was given a $1.3 million budget and 12 days to shoot it with a cast of young, up and coming actors and actresses. According to Arkoff, the appeal to directors was that, "They weren't hampered by big studios saying, 'You can't do this or that.' And all the directors paid very close attention to the detail of the era. We want these shows to be fun for the younger generation and fun for the older generation".[3]

The series premiered with Robert Rodriguez's Roadracers on July 22, 1994.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Coolest Indie Films of All Time June 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I've watched Roadracers so many times. Working at a video store, we got the demo tape for the movie. I've never found it anywhere else. This movie needs to be released to the public because it is one of Rob's best films. The music, the cinematography and that '50s rebel style make this movie an Indie classic. Do whatever you have to do in order to see this movie. You won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw Talent January 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Robert Rodriguez shows the masses of raw directing talent he has in this made for TV movie. The directing is energetic and stylish and even more impressive when you realise that it was shot in only 13 days! On top of this Rodriguez also wrote and directed this mini masterpiece. A brilliant homage to the 50's drive in teenage angst rock and roll movies. It succeeds where Walter Hill failed with "Streets of Fire". David Arquette is perfect as Dude but Nixer, played by John Hawkes, is a scene stealer as the geeky guy we all knew in high school.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest, Fun Movies August 5, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This wasn't a movie to change your mind or broaden your horizons. This was a great butt-whoopin of a good time! Robert Rodriguez is my all time favorite hero of a director, and I can't do anything but be wowed by his movies....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS MOVIE IS AWESOME! May 28, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Robert Rodriguez shows us that you don't need a fourtune, a major studio, or big name stars to make a memorable and utterly stunning film of this caliber. Rob goes for the rebel in all of us with this effective script and his signature WHAM BAM style of filming and editing. Rob gives us a great American masterpiece with a solid story and incredably on-the-point acting from Arquette and the rest of the cast. Most memorable are the fight scenes with the pounding LINK WRAY music that I can't seem to find in any record store! Look out for the ketchup bottle!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Movie, but need the sound track....
Cool movie, but need the soundtrack. Haven't seen it anywhere. Wishing it was avaiable
Published 2 days ago by Sabes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 21 days ago by Joseph Rivera
1.0 out of 5 stars Save yourself and don't
Don't bother!
Published 1 month ago by Brian Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This movie is so cheesy, but its so great! Actors, music, cars... Everything is just great! Especially cause the wife Salma Hayek!
Published 5 months ago by Saul V. Barraza
4.0 out of 5 stars It was good.
I don't remember and bad boy in the 50's and 60's was as bad as this. I found the movie funny in the beginning with all the grease that was used on David's hair. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sueg
5.0 out of 5 stars One good video
Roadracers is a movie that celebrates the James Dean era. It's a tough guy, hot cars and hotter girlfriends flick. I was greatly entertained.
Published 7 months ago by Steve Stephans
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Gem
this is my second favorite film from robert rodriguez it is so underrated. this should have came out in movie theaters back in '94 eventually it did not and was made for a cable tv... Read more
Published 11 months ago by jose carrillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
This is one of Robert Rodriguez's best!
Instead of it being a made-for-(cable)TV movie, it should have been released in theaters. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Roy B.
1.0 out of 5 stars Movie was shot in less than 2 weeks
I don't know how I even made it through the whole thing. I usually love anything with Robert Rodriguez's name on it, but keep in mind this was his first US film and it was made for... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Snowbi-Wan
2.0 out of 5 stars sorry
This has some of my favorite actors in it so I really wanted to like it but i did not. It is not a bad movie, just was not to my taste.
Published 13 months ago by Living In Irvine, CA
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