Rush (2013)

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.

Chris As: James Hunt
Additional Cast: Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Pierfrancesco Favino, Natalie Dormer, David Calder, Stephen Mangan
Directed By: Ron Howard
Written By: Peter Morgan
Release Date: September 27, 2013
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Runtime: 123 mins.
MPAA Rating: R
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Additional Info: Internet Movie Database

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Facts and Trivia

– Daniel Brühl and Chris Hemsworth weren’t allowed to drive a real Formula 1 car so they had to use Formula 3 vehicles with fake F1 bodywork instead.

– Niki Lauda crashed at the left-hand kink of the Bergwerk (“The Mine”) corner of the Nürburgring north loop. Bergwerk is perhaps the Nürburgring’s most dangerous corner, and its left-hand kink is now sometimes referred to as the Lauda Links (“Lauda left.”)

– Daniel Brühl wore a dental appliance to mimic Niki Lauda’s overbite.

– Chris Hemsworth shed 14 kilos to play James Hunt. He originally weighed 98 kilos having bulked up for the titular character in Thor.

Goofs and Errors

Continuity: During the lung vacuuming sequence, the close-up shots show the vacuum tube in line with Lauda’s throat but a distant shot shows the tube almost perpendicular to his throat.

Audio/Visual Unsynchronised : Hunt receives a telephone call on his “Trimphone” which had an electronic warble to announce incoming calls, not the ringing bell heard on the soundtrack.

Anachronisms: Throughout the film, OMP race suits are shown with the new OMP logo, which wasn’t designed until 2012.

Anachronisms: During the segment at the 1976 Nurburgring Grand Prix, soon after the start the cars are shown going around the Dunlop Kehre corner of the Nurburgring Grand Prix Strecke. The GP Strecke was not built until 1984.

Anachronisms: The HS 125 aircraft G-IFTE which Hunt and his friends depart on towards the end of the film was manufactured in 1978, two years after the year in which the film was set.

Anachronisms: In the first birds-eye establishing shot used for Vienna a modern transit van can be seen crossing a bridge in the bottom left corner of the frame.

Anachronisms: When James Hunt is flying and takes notice of the flight attendant, the airline seats shown are Lufthansa First Class seats that were not introduced until 2001.

Movie Quotes

James Hunt: “The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel. It’s a wonderful way to live. It’s the only way to drive.”

James Hunt: “I feel responsible for what happened.”
Niki Lauda: “You would… but trust me: watching you win those races, while I was fighting for my life, you were equally responsible for getting me back in the car.”

James Hunt: “That wind you can feel is me breathing down your neck. Next time, I’ll have you.”

Niki Lauda: “Happiness is the enemy.”

Suzy Miller: “Why don’t they make it safer?”
James Hunt: “The risk of death turns people on.”