Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Bruhl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die.
Filming Locations: Evolution Printing, Stanhope Road, Camberley, UK
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Trivia: Alex Pettyfer was considered for the role of James Hunt. See more »
In the first scene at the US Watkins Glen circuit when the Hesketh team are seen eating lobster and drinking champagne, the trunk lid of a car shows a UK numberplate. See more »
What a breath of fresh air... A brilliant film in every respect. I was
lucky enough to this movie at a special preview and I cant tell you how
great a film this is... At first you think its about racing cars, but
its not it really does give you an insight into the human condition...
The rivalry between Hunt and Lauder is just played brilliantly... The
race sequences are superb, really taking you back to the 70s... The
heyday of this awesome sport. It shows the end of an era where the
gentlemen drivers begin to give way to professional sportsmen and the
end (in my opinion) of the excitement of the sport. It shows what a
pale reflection today's F1 is of this once great sport, and what great
characters we have lost...