Rush (2013 film)
Rush is a 2013 biographical sports film centred on the Hunt–Lauda rivalry between two Formula One drivers, the British James Hunt and the Austrian Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula 1 motor-racing season. It was written by Peter Morgan, directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Lauda. The film premiered in London on 2 September 2013 and was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival before its United Kingdom release on 13 September 2013.
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|Directed by||Ron Howard|
|Written by||Peter Morgan|
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Cinematography||Anthony Dod Mantle|
|Box office||$98.2 million|
James Hunt and Niki Lauda are two highly skilled racing car drivers who first develop a fierce rivalry in 1970 at a Formula Three race at the Crystal Palace circuit in London, when both their cars spin out and Hunt eventually wins the race. Hunt is a brash, self-confident and cocky individual, while Lauda is a cool and calculating Austrian technical genius who relies on practice and precision. After a falling out with his wealthy grandfather, Lauda takes a large bank loan and buys his way into the British Racing Motors 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 down after failing to secure a sponsor, but Hunt joins McLaren when Emerson Fittipaldi leaves the team. During this time, Hunt marries supermodel Suzy Miller, while Lauda develops a relationship with German socialite Marlene Knaus.
The 1976 Formula One season starts with Lauda dominating the first two races while Hunt struggles to catch up. Hunt wins the Spanish Grand Prix, but is disqualified after a post-race inspection rules that his car is fractionally too wide. Struggling to comply with F1 rules, McLaren suffers a series of setbacks on the next few races, and Hunt's situation is further exacerbated when Suzy is discovered to have a relationship with actor Richard Burton. Following his divorce, he regains his competitive spirit and his disqualification in Spain is overturned, which reinstates the points he lost and puts him back into championship contention. Meanwhile, Lauda marries Marlene in a private ceremony but begins to have concerns about the effects of his marriage on his racing career, worrying that he has now become vulnerable as he has something to lose.
At the German Grand Prix, Lauda urges the F1 committee to cancel the race due to heavy rain on the already notoriously dangerous Nürburgring Nordschleife. At the drivers' meeting before the race, Hunt argues that Lauda would benefit by having one fewer race in the season. The drivers vote to go ahead with the race. All drivers except Jochen Mass start the race with wet weather tyres, which becomes a costly tactic due to most of the track quickly drying up. They all pit to change tyres during the second lap, but halfway through the third lap, a suspension arm in Lauda's Ferrari breaks, sending the car flying into an embankment before it bursts into flames and is further hit by other cars. After being pulled out of the inferno, he is airlifted to the hospital with serious third-degree burns to his head and face and internal burns to his lungs. For six weeks, Lauda is treated for his injuries while he watches Hunt dominate the races in his absence. Despite his doctor's orders, he decides to return to drive his Ferrari at the Italian Grand Prix, finishing fourth while Hunt fails to finish the race.
The 1976 season comes to a climax at the rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix. Hunt's late rally in Lauda's absence has pulled him within three points of Lauda. At the end of the second lap, after his car has slid several times, Lauda returns to the pits and decides to retire from the race, considering it far too dangerous and opting to stay with Marlene instead of risking his life again on the track. This gives Hunt a chance to win the championship if he can gain a podium finish (finishing third or better). After facing stiff competition under gruelling conditions, tyre problems and a hand injury due to the gear shifter knob breaking, Hunt finishes third, narrowly giving him enough points to win the championship. He spends the rest of the year revelling with fame, sex and drugs, while Lauda takes an interest in flying private planes. At a private airfield in Bologna, Lauda suggests to Hunt that he focus on the next racing season to defend his title, but Hunt argues that his glamorous lifestyle is the most enjoyable part of being world champion. Lauda later on realises that Hunt no longer feels he needs to prove himself to anyone. Hunt continues to race until his retirement in 1979, and becomes a motorsport broadcast commentator until his death in 1993 at the age of 45. Lauda reflects on how their great rivalry and personality differences spurred each other on to their finest achievements, and states that Hunt was the only other driver he ever envied.
- Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt
- Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda
- Olivia Wilde as Suzy Miller
- Alexandra Maria Lara as Marlene Lauda
- Pierfrancesco Favino as Clay Regazzoni
- Jochen Mass as Himself
- David Calder as Louis Stanley
- Natalie Dormer as Nurse Gemma
- Stephen Mangan as Alastair Caldwell
- Christian McKay as Lord Hesketh
- Alistair Petrie as Stirling Moss
- Colin Stinton as Teddy Mayer
- Julian Rhind-Tutt as Anthony 'Bubbles' Horsley
- Augusto Dallara as Enzo Ferrari
- Joséphine de La Baume as Agnes Bonnet
Hunt and Lauda appear as themselves at the end of the film in archive footage, and Lauda has a cameo at the climax of the film.
The film was shot on location in the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria. Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, the Snetterton (Norfolk), Cadwell Park (Lincolnshire), the former Crystal Palace and Brands Hatch (Kent) motor racing circuits in Britain, and at the Nürburgring in Germany. Both vintage racing cars and replicas were used in the filming.
The financiers include Hürth-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-Württemberg and the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF).
Some things in the film are exaggerated (like the Hunt–Lauda rivalry; in reality they had shared a flat early in their careers and were good friends), others downplayed (like Lauda's wife's shock at his disfigurement), and others invented (like Hunt beating up a reporter or the Nürburgring nickname being "the graveyard"; in fact Jackie Stewart had nicknamed it "the Green Hell"). A further inaccuracy is that when Lauda's car was in flames, only one other racing competitor, Arturo Merzario, succeeded in pulling Lauda out of his car, not four as shown in the movie. Other inaccuracies include the British F3 battle at Crystal Palace, which in reality was between Hunt and Dave Morgan, and Hunt's overtake on Regazzoni for 3rd place in the Japanese Grand Prix when in the actual race he passed Alan Jones. Another error in the Japanese Grand Prix is that Regazzoni and Laffite finished fourth and fifth, while in the actual race it was Jones and Regazzoni who finished fourth and fifth. In the end scene an incident is described where Hunt, while being a tv broadcaster, comes to a meet-up with Lauda on a bicycle with a flat tire. In reality this incident happened while Hunt ran out of money and fell into alcohol-addiction. On this day Lauda gave him money to rebuild his life. Hunt, after Lauda gave him money a second time, later fixed his life and got his job as a television broadcaster. 
The film's orchestral score was composed by Hans Zimmer. The soundtrack includes 1970s rock music by Dave Edmunds, Steve Winwood (originally performed and written by the Spenser Davis Group), Mud, Thin Lizzy and David Bowie.
BBC Two aired the documentary Hunt vs. Lauda: F1's Greatest Racing Rivals, on 14 July 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 organised a screening of the film at Chelsea Clearview Cinemas in New York on 18 September 2013. Chris Hemsworth attended the screening.
Rush was a box office success as it earned $26.9 million in domestic box office, $71.3 million in international box office, with a worldwide gross of $98.2 million against a budget of $38 million.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 89% based on 223 reviews with an average rating of 7.5/10. The website’s critical 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 Brühl." Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating to reviews, calculated an average score of 75 out of 100, based on 43 critics, indicating "generally favorable 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." Though, when first seeing the pre-screening of the unedited footage he considered himself to be portrayed too negatively. This changed on the day of the first screening when the one sitting next to him, Bernie Ecclestone, told him how much he liked it. 
Rush was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 28 January 2014. A Sainsbury's exclusive edition with a bonus disc of new special features was released for a limited time. The Australian Blu-ray release is bundled with the 2013 documentary 1.
|Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|AACTA International Awards||Best Film||Nominated|
|British Academy Film Awards||Outstanding British Film||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Daniel Brühl||Nominated|
|Best Editing||Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill||Won|
|Best Sound||Danny Hambrook, Frank Kruse, Markus Stemler||Nominated|
|Boston Society of Film Critics||Best Film Editing||Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill||Won|
|Empire Awards||Best British Film||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Daniel Brühl||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Motion Picture – Drama||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture||Daniel Brühl||Nominated|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society||Best Film Editing||Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill||Nominated|
|San Diego Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actor||Daniel Brühl||Nominated|
|Best Score||Hans Zimmer||Nominated|
|Santa Barbara International Film Festival||Virtuoso Award||Daniel Brühl||Won|
|Satellite Awards||Best Director||Ron Howard||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Anthony Dod Mantle||Nominated|
|Best Visual Effects||Antoine Moulineau, Jody Johnson, Mark Hodgkins||Nominated|
|Best Editing||Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill||Nominated|
|Best Sound||Danny Hambrook, Frank Kruse, Markus Stemler||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction and Production Design||Mark Digby, Patrick Rolfe||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Julian Day||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role||Daniel Brühl||Nominated|
|Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Visual Effects Society Awards||Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture||Jody Johnson, Moriah Etherington-Sparks, Mark Hodgkins, Antoine Moulineau||Nominated|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actor||Daniel Brühl||Nominated|
|Best Editing||Dan Hanley, Mike Hill||Nominated|
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