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Roadracers

4.4 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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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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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.)
  • 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 (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006LOBZSA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,861 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A Customer on November 20, 2001
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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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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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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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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A fun flick about a nutty kind of Dude who always goes for broke in everything he does/wants. No PC moments in this film, and maybe that's what makes it fun to watch. Not a great film, but plenty entertaining. You'll recognize most of the cast from appearances with Tarantino and Rodriguez. Video is fine, audio so-so. Not alot of punch with the car and gun sounds.
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Roadracers is Robert Rodriguez second film about a 50's rebel named Dude Delaney ( David Arquette ) who plays a mean guitar and dreams of leaving his small town and becoming a Rockabilly star racing with a fast car and a sexy girlfriend named Donna ( Salma Hayek )and friend Nixer (John Hawkes ) but Dude having a temper gets caught up in a nasty feud with the towns sheriff Sarge ( William Saddler ) and his son Teddy Leather ( Jason Wiles ) Also includes Directors Commentary and a 10 minute film school with Robert Rodriguez ' and music by Johnny Reno who also plays the part of the Rockabilly musician .

Pretty good movie for a small budget & according to special features filmed in 13 days with a good clear picture and sound , R rated and 94 minutes long .
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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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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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