Rat Race

Rat Race

Director: Jerry Zucker Cast: Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese, Whoopi Goldberg


A very loose remake of the classic multi-star comedy It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), this madcap comedy is directed by Jerry Zucker, one third of the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker comedy team and director of Ghost (1990). John Cleese stars as an eccentric casino owner who devises a contest pitting six teams against each other in a race to claim two million dollars from a locker in New Mexico. The competitors are Owen (Cuba Gooding Jr., who ends up driving a bus full of Lucille Ball imitators, a foreigner (Rowan Atkinson) who hitches a ride in an organ donor vehicle, and a recently reunited mother and daughter (Whoopi Goldberg and Lanei Chapman) who anger a "squirrel lady" (Kathy Bates) -- much to their regret. There are also two con artist brothers (Seth Green and Vince Vieluf), the upright Nick (Breckin Meyer), who gets a lift from cute but psychotic pilot Tracy (Amy Smart), and the eccentric Pear family, headed up by Jon Lovitz. Rat Race also stars Dave Thomas, Kathy Najimy, Wayne Knight, Dean Cain, and Paul Rodriguez.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/22/2002
UPC: 0097363368434
Original Release: 2001
Rating: PG-13
Source: Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rowan Atkinson Mr. Pollini
John Cleese Donald Sinclair
Whoopi Goldberg Vera Baker
Cuba Gooding Owen Templeton
Seth Green Duane Cody
Jon Lovitz Randy Pear
Breckin Meyer Nick
Kathy Najimy Beverly Pear
Amy Smart Tracy Faucet
Lanei Chapman Merril Jennings
Vince Vieluf Blaine Cody
Paul Rodriguez Gus
Wayne Knight Zack
Dave Thomas Mr. Grisham
Dean Cain Shawn
Charlotte Zucker Lucy

Technical Credits
Jerry Zucker Director,Producer
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
Seth Arnett Stunts
Andy Breckman Screenwriter
Sean Daniel Producer
Gary Frutkoff Production Designer
Bonnie Greenberg-Goodman Musical Direction/Supervision
James Jacks Executive Producer
Tom Lewis Editor
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
John Powell Score Composer
Richard Vane Executive Producer
Janet Zucker Producer

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