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Race Against Time (2000)

TV-14 | | Action, Crime, Drama | TV Movie 23 July 2000
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When a man faces surmounting bills for his dying son's hospital stay, he enters into an agreement to sell his body for organ transplants to pay the bills. However, when he is advised that ... See full summary »

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Geoff Murphy
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... James Gabriel
Cary Elwes ... Burke
Sarah Wynter ... Alex
Chris Sarandon ... Dr. Anton Stofeles
Diane Venora ... Dr. Helen Steele
Michael Greyeyes ... Johnny Black Eagle
Terry Simpson Terry Simpson ... Janovsky
Joel McNichol ... Mike Cherry (as Joel Mcnichol)
Daniel Magder ... Bobby Gabriel
Robin Wilcock Robin Wilcock ... Dr. Elliot
Cas Anvar ... Dr. Bergen
Karen Cliche ... Irina
Corey Sosner Corey Sosner ... Security Guard #1
Steve Adams ... Mr. Strathmore
James Bradford James Bradford ... Judge (as Jim Bradford)
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When a man faces surmounting bills for his dying son's hospital stay, he enters into an agreement to sell his body for organ transplants to pay the bills. However, when he is advised that the doctors want to claim his organs immediately, he goes on the run. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gabriel's Run See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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The same year as this movie, Sarah Wynter starred in The 6th Day (2000)) which she stars as an assassin working for a corporation that is illegally cloning humans who is sent to assassinate Arnold Schwarzenegger's character. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Eric Roberts would later both star in The Expendables (2010). See more »

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Alex's hair alternates from in a ponytail to loose between scenes/shots throughout the movie. See more »

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Geoff Murphy finally fixed Freejack.
23 July 2000 | by bmcclainSee all my reviews

I remember when I went to see Freejack in 1992: I was hungry for some good post-apocalyptic cyberpunk cinema.

The premise that time was the same as now: Protagonist tries to stay alive while penetrating to the heart of enormous, amoral forces that seek to turn him into spare parts. Back in 1992, we got a callow Emilio Esteves -- A world-class race-car driver? C'mon! -- as hero and romantic protagonist hopelessly miscast as a romantic foil to Renee Russo, who gamely did her best. What else? Let's see: Mick Jagger, phoning in his role with little more than a sneer, and Jerry Hall in a cameo doing her best Jerry Hall imitation. Even the normally excellent Anthony Hopkins seemed almost a plastic copy of himself.

Compare with this time around. Same premise, but this time Eric Roberts' character and Sarah Wynter's generate some actual sympathy and chemistry when they're not adding to the body count -- both showing some depth of character and conscience, each in his/her way. Cary Elwes is chillingly effective in his role as a hunter of almost reptilian persistence. Diane Venora turns in a fine supporting performance as an executive apparatchik who discovers the gross misjustice being perpetrated. And the curious flatness and jerkiness of Freejack eight years ago is eclipsed by this much better-paced story.


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