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3 (2004)






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Barry Pepper stars as stock-car racing legend Dale Earnhardt in this made-for-cable drama. Dale was raised by Ralph Earnhardt (J.K. Simmons), a proud man who worked at a mill to feed and clothe his family but found true satisfaction rebuilding jalopies in his garage and racing them at local events on the weekends. Ralph was a minor legend in Southern stock-car racing, and when Dale dropped out of high school to follow his own passion for racing, he started out in his father's shadow -- and with no illusions about the odds stacked against him. But after more than a decade of struggle, Dale finally began to break into the big leagues in the late '70s, and in time he became the biggest money maker in NASCAR history, tying with the great Richard Petty as the winner of the Winston Cup trophies. But the lessons Dale learned from his father took on a deeper meaning when his own teenage son, Dale Jr. (Chad McCumbee), also decided to take up racing at the age of 16 -- and Dale tried to keep his hot-headed son away from the track. Named for Earnhardt's racing number, 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story debuted on the ESPN cable network on December 11, 2004, and was released on home video shortly afterward.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Eisele
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 14, 2004
ESPN Productions


Barry Pepper
as Dale Earnhardt
J.K. Simmons
as Ralph Earnhardt
Elizabeth Mitchell
as Teresa Earnhardt
Chad McCumbee
as Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Shaun Bridgers
as Neil Bonnett
Nick Searcy
as Jake Elder
Ron Prather
as Richard Childress
Greg Thompson
as Darrell Waltrip
Andrea Powell
as Martha Earnhardt
David Hager
as Junior Johnson
David Sherrill
as Humpy Wheeler
Dylan Smith
as Young Dale
Joe Chrest
as Jake Elder
Dave Hager
as J.D. Stacey
Sallie Hedrick
as Richard Petty's Blon...
Mike Flippo
as T. Wayne Robertson
Traci Dinwiddie
as Connie the Model
Joe Inscoe
as Darlington Track Pre...
James Martin Jr.
as Junior Johnson
Marshall McGee
as Little Kelly
Teresa Delgado
as Kelly Earnhardt
Jacob Conger
as Little Dale Jr.
Lori Beth Edgeman
as Latane Brown
Frank Glidden
as Kerry Kay
Brandi Ryans
as Brenda Gee
Kevin Stillwell
as Rod Osterland
Matthew Laurance
as Richmond Track TV Re...
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Very good movie about the only racer I've ever cared to watch or been a big fan of. Since he got killed, I haven't watched an entire Nascar race since, and may never again. Great likeness/portrayal of the real Intimidator, and amazin job that ESPN did overall with this!

Jason Owens

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