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Driven (2001)

by Jenoa Haymor on Jan.23, 2010, under Action, Sport

Director: Renny Harlin
Countries: Australia, Canada, USA
Length: 116 min
Languages: English, German, Spanish
Budget: $72,000,000
Gross: $32,616,869 (USA) (8 July 2001)
IMDb: 4.20 (14689 votes)


Sylvester Stallone (Joe Tanto), Burt Reynolds (Carl Henry), Kip Pardue (Jimmy Bly), Stacy Edwards (Lucretia Clan), Til Schweiger (Beau Brandenburg), Gina Gershon (Cathy Heguy), Estella Warren (Sophia Simone), Cristián de la Fuente (Memo Moreno), Brent Briscoe (Crusher), Robert Sean Leonard (Demille Bly), Verona Pooth (Nina), Jasmin Wagner (Ingrid), Chip Ganassi (Team Owner), John Della Penna (Team Manager), Dan Duran (Commentator #1)


Talented rookie race-car driver Jimmy Bly has started losing his focus and begins to slip in the race rankings. It’s no wonder, with the immense pressure being shoveled on him by his overly ambitious promoter brother as well as Bly’s romance with his arch rival’s girlfriend Sophia. With much riding on Bly, car owner Carl Henry brings former racing star Joe Tanto on board to help Bly. To drive Bly back to the top of the rankings, Tanto must first deal with the emotional scars left over from a tragic racing accident which nearly took his life.


  • Sophia Simone: Hi, I’m Sophia.
    Demille Bly: That’s your problem.
  • Carl Henry: What about the fear?
    Joe Tanto: It’s gone.
    Carl Henry: The fear is never gone.
  • [Beau is choosing his career over Sophia]
    Beau Brandenburg: This is my life.
    Sophia Simone: This is not your life! This is what you do for a living.
    Beau Brandenburg: My mind has to be out there, not in here. So right now this is my life.
    Sophia Simone: So, what am I? What am I?
    Beau Brandenburg: A distraction.



  • The original premier race of ChampCar on the Eurospeedway in Germany in 2001 was stopped after a crash in which Alex Zanardi lost both legs.
  • In the scene before the last race (Detroit), real Champ Car drivers are portrayed doing pre-race rituals. ‘Kenny Brack’, the driver of the Shell car, tapes a picture of a baby inside his race suit. The baby in the picture is ‘Renny Harlin’’s son, Lukas.
  • The helmet design used by Beau Brandenburg is actually used by ‘Juan Pablo Montoya’ in real life. Joe Tanto has ‘Mauricio Gugelmin’’s design.
  • The finish of the last race of the season is reminiscent of the finish to the CART race at Portland in 1997. Only in the Portland race the first 3 cars finished within 0.055 seconds of each other.
  • Portions of the film were shot at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada – home of the only Formula 1 race held in Canada.
  • The name of a character in the film, Memo Moreno, is a combination of two actual race car drivers in the CART series: Memo Gidley and Roberto Moreno.
  • ‘Sylvester Stallone’ was asked in an interview about films he would wish had not done, and he listed this as one of them.
  • Much of the racing footage is from actual IndyCar, Indy Lights, Formula Atlantic and various CART events in the 1990’s.
  • The film’s luxurious ‘Hotel Selin’ is named after director ‘Renny Harlin’’s friend, producer ‘Markus Selin’.
  • ‘Sylvester Stallone’’s original script was 220 pages long.
  • DIRTRADE(‘Renny Harlin’):[finland]: Numerous Finnish flags in the bleachers and also painted on some spectators’ bodies.
  • The driver Memo Moreno is named after real-life ChampCar drivers Roberto Moreno and Memo Gidley. The use of a wheelchair-bound team owner is inspired by Sir Frank Williams.
  • On one of the cars is an advert for “Dog Chow”. In the movie Showgirls (1995), ‘Gina Gershon’ (who plays Cathy in “Driven”) famously talks about how she used to love to eat Dog Chow.
  • Sophia Simone does some synchronized swimming moves in the movie. ‘Estella Warren’ who plays this character had been a synchronized swimmer for many years.
  • Beau Brandenburg races for Target Ganassi Racing, whose owner is played by ‘Chip Ganassi’. In reality, Target Ganassi is an extremely successful CART team owned by the same person.
  • Brian Transeau (‘BT’) composed the music for this film. He also composed music for another racing film, The Fast and the Furious (2001).
  • Some of the sounds are not of CART Champ Cars, but rather of Formula One cars. The movie was originally supposed to be about Formula One racing, but due to restrictions imposed on the production crew, the producers had to look elsewhere.
  • ‘Renny Harlin’ is in the movie as a crew member for two different teams. He is first seen as a PacWest/Motorola crew member who gets out of the Motorola car so that Jimmy Bly can demonstrate that he can get out of the car in 5 seconds. Harlin is then seen in a Bettenhausen/Herdez uniform taking his real life son Lukas to a playground.
  • The reporter in the Toronto press conference scene is played by ‘Brian Jennings’, the film’s visual effects supervisor.
  • Jimmy Bly’s helmet is almost the same as former CART/Champ Car driver Mark Blundell’s helmet. The only difference is Blundell’s has his initials MB on the top as opposed to JB on Jimmy Bly’s helmet. Blundell also drove for Pac West Racing which Jimmy Bly’s car is based on
  • Sylvester Stallone originally conceived the film as a biopic of Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna, a very popular three time Formula One champion who tragically died during a race in 1994.
  • The two team cars that are featured in the movie use the sponsors and paint schemes that were used at the time of filming by an actual CART team called PacWest Racing.
  • DIRCAMEO(‘Renny Harlin’): As a driver taking his son to a park before one of the races.



  • In many scenes, the cars switch between a speedway wing setup and a road course wing setup within the same race.
  • In virtually every scene where someone is walking through a crowd, the people around the main characters change from shot to shot.
  • In the end credits, ‘Michael Andretti’’s name is spelled as Micheal.
  • While performing the “coin trick”, Tanto picks up coins with his left rear tire, but once he pulls into the pits all three coins are on the right rear tire.
  • After Jimmy and Beau has saved Memo from the explosion, Memo’s car is clearly seen in the water, lying in the same position as when they dragged Memo out of it, showing that no parts of the car has been blown up.
  • During the race in Germany (the one with the rain) it is sunny in several shoots, although it is apparently “raining” and streets are “wet”.
  • Some of the racetracks are clearly doubling as others on the tour, and even when the correct location is used there are often obvious hints that some shots were taken elsewhere. Some shots of “Tokyo”, for instance, are very obviously of Chicago and Toronto, and yellow cabs can be seen in Germany where taxis tend to be eggshell colored.
  • Sophia enters nightclub in a lacy top with nothing beneath. In the next cut she has the lacy top in her hand, but now has a black blouse on where there was none before.
  • At the final race, the announcer says that Bly, Brandenburg and Tanto helped save Moreno even though Tanto sat in the pits the entire time (this possibly has something to do with that scene being rewritten as stated in “alternate versions”).
  • After the last race, Joe Tanto takes off his driving gloves, which are clean, and reveals dirty hands meant to be a result of the race.
  • Jimmy and his brother get in a Mercedes S Class to drive away but the inside dialog was filmed in a Lincoln Town car.
  • In the end credits, ‘Jasmin Wagner’’s name is spelled as Jasmine.
  • Joe and Jimmy could not have taken the race cars from the party as easily as they did. CART cars do not have onboard starters, so they can’t be started simply from the cockpit. You would need a crew member with a starter motor at the back of the car to fire the engine. Most “racing cars” at shows and parties like this are usually dummy display models, without “real” engines or other heavy, and expensive, mechanical components. Moreover, if the cars actually had been authentic (and somehow could have been started), they likely would have had virtually no fuel aboard; most city fire departments have strict regulations on this for a show or display car, especially inside a hotel.
  • Jimmy’s hair by the pool, sometimes in his eyes, sometimes brushed aside.
  • When they park the cars after the last race, the tires on the car in front are new with no wear at all.
  • When Joe is chasing Jimmy through the streets of Chicago, a helmet can be clearly seen on the driver of the red car (Joe’s car) as it enters the tunnel. Both drivers are shown before and after without helmets on.
  • Methanol, the fuel used in CART racing cars, does not float on water as gasoline does – alcohol will mix very happily with water. It also burns with a barely visible flame, unlike gasoline which burns with the yellow flame and thick black smoke shown in the film.
  • First CART race in Germany was driven in 2001, but ‘Juan Pablo Montoya’ was already a Formula One driver in this year.
  • There are several errors in the depiction of CART cars, their equipment and configuration, and the racetracks they use.
  • The onboard camera behind Jimmy Bly’s head in the first race appears and disappears between shots.
  • One of the “photographers” at the media event is taking photos without a lens attached to his SLR camera body.
  • During the first race at Chicago, we hear ‘Paul Page (III)’, a well known CART and IndyCar commentator, describing the race. However, the following shot of the TV booth shows two men, neither of whom is Page.
  • When the action is cut with the German weather report, all captions are in German except the one that says “tomorrow”.
  • In the scene where the drivers are rescuing Moreno in the lake, flames are clearly visible on the water. Methanol fuel, as used by CART, burns with an invisible flame, and is water soluble. Water is actually the preferred extinguishing agent for methanol.
  • Clearly, the race in Germany was americanized for the movie. Commentators would not say “Welcome to Germany”, but “Welcome to City, Germany”. In addition, German TV does not announce temperatures in Fahrenheit, ever. And German weather maps show Germany, not half of Europe for their forecast. If they do, the countries are named in German, not English. In the movie, the temperatures are in Celsius and Fahrenheit and the weather map shows ‘Poland’, not Polen, ‘Germany’ and not Deutschland.



  • “Good Time” Performed by ‘Leroy (V)’ Written by ‘Leroy (V)’ Courtesy of Hollywood Records
  • “I’m Not Driving Anymore” Performed by ‘Rob Dougan’ Written by ‘Rob Dougan’ Courtesy of BMG Records (U.K.) Ltd. / Arista Records Inc.
  • “High Roller” Performed by ‘The Crystal Method’ Written by David Jordan & ‘Scott Kirkland’ Courtesy of Outpost Recordings Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
  • “Falling For Me” Performed by ‘Tamara Walker’ Written by Laurie Webb, Kristy Karen Smith & Bryan Lennox Courtesy of Curb Records, Inc.
  • “Battle Flag” (Lo-Fidelity Allstars Remix) Performed by ‘Pigeonhed’ Written by ‘Shawn Smith (V)’ & ‘Steve Fisk’ Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
  • “Take Me Away From Here” Performed by ‘Tim McGraw’ Written by Steve Bogard & Jeff Stevens Courtesy of Curb Records, Inc.
  • “Poison Well” Performed by ‘Insolence’ Written by Armando Cardenas, Paul Perry, Mark Herman & Billy Rosenthal Courtesy of Maverick Recording Company By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
  • “For the Love Of Money” Performed by The Rare Blend Written by ‘Kenny Gamble’ (as Kenneth Gamble), ‘Leon Huff’ & ‘Anthony Jackson (III)’ Courtesy of Curb Records, Inc.
  • “Burn” Performed by ‘Jo Dee Messina’ Written by ‘Tina Arena’, ‘Pam Reswick’ & Steve Werfel Courtesy of Curb Records, Inc.
  • “Mad About You” Performed by ‘Hooverphonic’ Written by ‘Alex Callier’ Courtesy of Epic Records & Sony Music Entertainment (Belgium) S.A./N.V. By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
  • “Fire” Performed by ‘Ohio Players’ Written by ‘Willie Beck’ (as William Beck), ‘Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner’ (as Leroy Bonner), Eugene Jones, ‘Ralph Middlebrooks’, ‘Marvin Pierce’, ‘Clarence Satchell’ & Rodger Williams Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group Under license from Universal Special Enterprise
  • “Green Light Girl” Performed by ‘Doyle Bramhall II’ & Smokestack Written by ‘Doyle Bramhall II’ & Susannah Melvois Courtesy of The RCA Music Group, a unit of BMG Entertainment
  • “Soon” Performed by ‘LeAnn Rimes’ Written by ‘Diane Warren’ Courtesy of Curb Records, Inc.
  • “Gasoline” Performed by MDFMK Written by ‘Sascha Konietzko’ & ‘Tim Skold’ Courtesy of Republic/Universal Records Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
  • “Satellite” Performed by ‘BT’ Written by Brian Wayne Transeau Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
  • “Hang On” Performed by ‘Hank Williams III’ Written by ‘Hank Williams III’ Courtesy of Curb Records, Inc.
  • “Breakdown” Performed by Tantric Written by Tantric Courtesy of Maverick Recording Company By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
  • “Out Of Control” Performed by ‘The Chemical Brothers’ Written by ‘Tom Rowlands’ (as Thomas Rowlands), ‘Ed Simons’ (as Edmund Simons) & ‘Bernard Sumner’ Courtesy of Astralwerks Records
  • “The Best Things” Performed by ‘Filter’ Written by ‘Richard Patrick (II)’ Courtesy of Reprise Records By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
  • “Anyone Else” Performed by Puracane Written by Ali Rogers & David Biegel Courtesy of Ubiquity Records By Arrangement with Sugarool
  • “Stadium Parking Lot” Performed by ‘Apollo 440′ Written by Paul Colbourne, James Gray, Robert Gray, Ian Hoxley & Noko Courtesy of Epic Records & Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd. By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
  • “Give You Back” Performed by ‘Vertical Horizon’ Written by ‘Matthew Scannell’ Courtesy of The RCA Music Group, a unit of BMG Entertainment
  • “Grey, Black & White” Performed by ‘Grand Theft Audio’ Written by Ritch Battersby, ‘Ralph Jezzard’ & Jay Butler Courtesy of London-Sire Records, Inc. By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
  • “Numb In Both Lips” Performed by ‘Soul Hooligan’ Written by ‘Dave Jay’ (as Dave Bumpstead) & Jim Sumner Courtesy of Freskanova Records and Maverick Recording Company By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
  • “Hey Man Nice Shot” Performed by ‘Filter’ Written by ‘Richard Patrick (II)’ Courtesy of Reprise Records By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
  • “Listen To the Rhythm” Performed by ‘Aphrodite (V)’ Written by Gavin King, Herby Acer, Eric Johnson, Christopher Martin & Christopher Reid Courtesy of V2 Records, Inc.
  • “Official Chemical” Performed by ‘Dub Pistols’ Written by ‘Barry Ashworth’, Jason O’Bryan, T K Lawrence, Baqui Abdush-Shaheed & James Sheffield Dewes Courtesy of A&M Records Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
  • “Mother” Performed by ERA Written by ‘Eric Levi’ & Florence Dedatos Courtesy of Mercury France Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
  • “Follow the Leader” Performed by ‘Eric B. & Rakim’ Written by ‘Eric B. & Rakim’ Courtesy of MCA Records Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
  • “Right Here Right Now” Performed by ‘Fatboy Slim’ Written by ‘Fatboy Slim’ (as Norman Cook), ‘Dale Peters’ & ‘Joe Walsh (III)’ Courtesy of Astralwerks Records Under exclusive license from Skint Records
  • “I Wanna Get Back With You” Performed by ‘Mary Griffin (II)’ Written by ‘Diane Warren’ Courtesy of Curb Records, Inc.
  • “Good Time” (Driven Remix) Performed by ‘Leroy (V)’ Written and Remixed by ‘Leroy (V)’ Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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