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Rush

Rush
Director : Ron Howard
Genre : Action,drama
Producer : Andrew Eaton
Writer : Peter Morgan
Music Director : Hans Zimmer
Releasing On : 27 September 2013
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Rush is a 2013 biographical sports drama film centered on the rivalry between race car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season. It was written by Peter Morgan, directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as Lauda. The film premiered in London on September 2, 2013 and was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival before its United Kingdom release on September 13, 2013.

Plot

James Hunt and Niki Lauda are two highly skilled race car drivers who first develop a fierce rivalry in 1970 at a Formula Three race at the Crystal Palace circuit in England, when both their cars spin out and Hunt eventually wins the race. Hunt is a brash, young Englishman with a tendency to vomit before every race, while the Austrian Lauda is a cool, calculating technical genius who relies on precision. After a falling out with his father, Lauda takes a large bank loan and buys his way into the BRM Formula One team, meeting teammate Clay Regazzoni for the first time. Meanwhile, Hesketh Racing, the fledgling racing team Hunt drives for, enters Formula One as well. Lauda then joins Scuderia Ferrari with Regazzoni and wins his first championship in 1975. Hesketh closes shop after failing to secure a sponsor, but Hunt manages to land a driving position in McLaren after Emerson Fittipaldi leaves the team. During this time, Hunt marries supermodel Suzy Miller, while Lauda develops a relationship with socialite Marlene Knaus.

Production

The film was shot on location in the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria. Filming took place at the former World War II airfield of Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, the Snetterton (Norfolk), Cadwell Park (Lincolnshire) and Brands Hatch (Kent) motor racing circuits in England, and at the Nurburgring in Germany. Both vintage race cars and replicas were used in the filming. The producers include Hurth-based action concept Film- und Stuntproduktion, Egoli Tossell Film, Revolution Films (GB) and Cross Creek Pictures (US). The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW funded the film with €1.35 million, additional funding was provided by MFG Filmförderung Baden-Wurttemberg and the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF).

Director Ron Howard originally intended for Russell Crowe to make a cameo appearance as Richard Burton for a brief scene where he confronts James Hunt on his affair with Suzy.

Historical accuracy

Some things in the film are exaggerated (like the Hunt-Lauda rivalry), others downplayed (like Lauda's wife's shock at his disfigurement), and others invented (like Hunt beating up a reporter or the Nurburgring nickname being "the graveyard". In fact Jackie Stewart had nicknamed it "The Green Hell").

Soundtrack

The film's orchestral score was composed by Hans Zimmer. The soundtrack includes 1970s rock music by Dave Edmunds, Steve Winwood, Mud, Thin Lizzy, and David Bowie.

Marketing

BBC Two aired the documentary Hunt vs. Lauda: F1's Greatest Racing Rivals, on July 14, 2013. The documentary provides an extensive look at the rivalry between Hunt and Lauda, featuring interviews with Lauda and former crew members of the McLaren and Ferrari teams.

The Ferrari & The Cinema Society jointly organized a screening of the film at Chelsea Clearview Cinemas in New York on September 18, 2013. Chris Hemsworth attended the screening.

Reception

Rush has received positive reviews. As of 6 November 2013, it holds a rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 207 reviews with an average rating of 7.6 out of 10, and a rating of 92% based on 39 Top Critics reviews, with an average rating of 7.5 out of 10. Its consensus reads "A sleek, slick, well-oiled machine, Rush is a finely crafted sports drama with exhilarating race sequences and strong performances from Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl." Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 75 based on 44 reviews.

Niki Lauda was pleased with the overall look of the film. He was quoted as saying: "When I saw it the first time I was impressed. There was no Hollywood changes or things changed a little bit Hollywood-like. It is very accurate. And this really surprised me very positively."

Box office

Rush earned $26.9 million in North America, and $63.3 million internationally, for a worldwide gross of $90.2 million.

Home media

Rush was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 28, 2014. A Sainsburys exclusive edition complete with a Bonus Disc of new special features was released for a limited time.

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