"As the cars roar into Pennsylvania, the cradle of liberty, it seems apparent that our citizens are staying off the streets, which may make scoring particularly difficult, even with this year’s rule changes."
Description: Carle Benson as Harold narrates a brutal, futuristic cross-country competition that gives points for running down pedestrians in the motion picture Death Race 2000 (1975).
"The year 2000. American is a vaste speedway. People line the streets to witness the greatest drivers on earth in a race from sea to shining sea. You finish first, or not at all. Death Race 2000. Every car a deadly weapon. Every spectator, a potential point. It's a cross country road wreck, and the traffic is murder. - Movie Trailer
It is the year 2000. Under the auspices of the President of the United Provinces of America, an annual three-day gladiatorial style Trans-continental race known as "Death Race 2000" is the sanctioned entertainment of the day.
Broadcast to all the citizens of the country, the race begins as Mr. President (Sandy McCallum) proclaims, "The drivers are ready, the world is watching. Once more, I give you what you want."
Participants of the race consist of Frankenstein (David Carradine) who drives a car called "The Monster"; Machine Gun Joe Viterbo (Sylvester Stallone) who is "Loved by thousands, hated by millions!", Calamity Jane (Mary Woronov), Matilda the Hun (Roberta Collins) and Nero the Hero (Martin Kove). The most celebrated of the racers is the masked driver Frankenstein:
"Frankenstein! Frankenstein the legend, Frankenstein the indestructible! Sole survivor of the titanic pile-up of '95, only two-time winner of the Transcontinental Road Race... Frankenstein! Ripped up, wiped out, battered, shattered, creamed, and reamed... a dancer on the brink of death...Frankenstein, who lost a leg in '98, an arm in '99! With half a face and half a chest, and all the guts in the world, he's back!"
As the race proceeds, Harold, one of the race officials provides the viewers with updates to the sport that enthralls the nation:
“As the cars roar into Pennsylvania, the cradle of liberty, it seems apparent that our citizens are staying off the streets, which may make scoring particularly difficult, even with this year’s rule changes. “To recap those revisions: women are still worth 10 points more than men in all age brackets, but teenagers now rack up 40 points, and toddlers under 12 now rate a big 70 points. The big score: anyone, any sex, over 75 years old has been upped to 100 points.”
|Cleopatra:||It isn't my fault everyone scored before us. You should have gone after that boy scout camp like I told you!|
|Nero the Hero:||I tried the goddamn boy scout camp. You know how fast those boy scouts move?|
|Cleopatra:||Now here's something more your speed.|
|Nero the Hero:||That'll be at least 200 points!|
|Cleopatra:||If they scatter, go for the baby and the mother.|
"All right, all right, and yes-sirree! A clean hit! A perfect hit! And no pain for the target. Too bad the guy was only thirty-eight; just two years older, he'd have been worth three times the points." - Junior
In reality, the Frankenstein persona is a government agent who has raced in the Death Race for 20 years. He was built by the world's finest surgeons to drive the fastest car ever designed and nothing can stop him now. When one Frankenstein is killed or disabled, he is replaced by a new racer who assumes the masked racers identity.
The current version is opposed to the dystopian race and plans to end the cruel event when he wins the race and shakes of Mr. President, whom he plans to kill with a grenade implanted in his prosthetic hand. But first Frankenstein must defeat the other challengers in the grueling three-thousand mile trek across the nation.
Along the way, Frankenstein reveals his true intentions to Annie Smith (Simone Griffeth), his navigator who was sent to kill him by her grandmother, Thomasina Paine (Harriet Medin), the leader of The Resistance.
At the climax of the race, Machine Gun Jo tries to edge out Frankenstein to win the race, but he is defeated when Annie uses Frankenstein's "hand" grenade to knock his car out of the race.
Frankenstein wins, but he is injured, so Annie takes his mask and meets with Mr. President intending to stab him, but Annie is shot and wounded by her grandmother who has no idea she is in disguise.
To save the day and fulfill his mission, the real Frankenstein rams the presidential podium with his car, killing Mr. President.
In the end, Frankenstein becomes the new President, marries Annie, and abolishes the Death Race, but not before running over Junior Bruce (Don Steele), the irritating TV reporter who gleefully covered the homicidal event.
Note: In the movie Death Race (2008), a remake of of the 1975 film, Jason Statham stars as ex-con Jensen Ames, a former race car driver and unemployed steelworker in the year 2012, who is framed for the murder of his wife and given the choice by prison warden Hennessey (Joan Allen) to race in a popular televised racing event or rot in prison.
"Okay cocksucker. Fuck with me, and we'll see who shits on the sidewalk." - Hennessey
Wanting to see his little girl again, Jensen accepts the deal and takes on other prisoners who must race for their own freedom on Terminal Island in the "Death Race," a popular post-industrial world sport watched by millions. Jensen's ride: a suped up, armored Mustang.
|Warden:||You're familiar with the Death Race, and the driver the fans call Frankenstein. A man so disfigured by crashes that he's forced to wear a mask. His return to the track is highly anticipated, and therein lies my problem. No one knows yet, but poor Frank died on an operating table not long after his last race. Anyone can wear the mask, but not just anyone can drive the car. You have the skills required to keep the legend alive. I want you to become Frankenstein.|
|Jensen:||No thanks. He's dead. Why don't you just tell the truth?|
|Warden:||The audience wants to see Frank again. He moves them. Inspires them. And in this world that's not easy to come by.|
|Jensen:||What makes you think for a second I would risk my life doing this for you?|
|Warden:||Win five races, you go free. Those are the rules, and Frank has won four. Win one more, you walk. Call it intuition, but I don't think you belong in here with the rest of these animals.|
|Jensen:||I might surprise you.|
|Warden::||The race is Friday, and I need your decision. You're a skilled driver. You're chances are good. I'm offering you your freedom, Mr. Ames. If it's not worth risking your life for, what is?|