A band of misfits gather at the glitzy St. Claire’s Hotel and Casino and while playing the slot machines, they each win a special gold coin which invites them to the penthouse suite of the hotel to receive their ‘prize’. Donald St. Claire, owner of the hotel, explains that he has left $2 million in a train station locker in Silver City, New Mexico and the first one there gets the money.
Directors Jerry Zucker
Starring Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Breckin Meyer
Genres Adventure, Comedy
Subtitles None Available
Audio Languages English
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.