Race the Sun (1996)




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Loosely based on a true account, this family drama centers on a group of aimless Hawaiian teens who with the support of two inspirational teachers turn their lives around by building a solar powered car and racing it across the Australian outback during the World Solar Challenge.
PG (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama , Kids & Family
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Halle Berry
as Sandra Beecher
Jim Belushi
as Frank Machi
Casey Affleck
as Daniel Webster
Eliza Dushku
as Cindy Johnson
Kevin Tighe
as Jack Fryman
Anthony Ruivivar
as Eduardo Broz
J. Moki Cho
as Gilbert Tutu
Dion Basco
as Marco Quito
Dante Basco
as Marco Quito
Sara Tanaka
as Uni Kakamura
Nadja Pionilla
as Oni Nagano
Steve Zahn
as Hans Kooiman
Bill Hunter
as Commissioner Hawkes
Adriane Napualani Uganiza
as Luana Kanahele
Robert Hughes
as Judd Potter
Jeff Truman
as Ed Webster
Joel Edgerton
as Steve Fryman
Tyler Coppin
as Bob Radford
Marshall Napier
as Mr. Cronin
Gabrielle Hammond
as Barb Webster
Robyn Moore
as Mrs. Chang
John Alan Su
as Another Teacher
John Negro Ponte
as Detention Teacher
Marc Gray
as Academy Student
Jo-Anne Cahill
as Weigh-in Judge
DJ Rick Adams
as Stanford University Guy
Archer Lyttle
as Tom Foote
Amanda Wenban
as Alice Springs Reporter
Jimmy Sadeli
as Hawaiian Reporter
Clarence Dahy
as Reporter
Harry Pavlidis
as Reporter
Franko Milostnik
as Reporter
Tim Aris
as Scrutineer
Monroe Reimers
as Football Coach
Jeamin Lee
as Oni's Parent
Kuni Hashimoto
as Oni's Parent
Vera Hong
as Detention Student
Prasitt Clifton
as Basket Maker
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Critic Reviews for Race the Sun

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Far from groundbreaking, but a bit of fun

September 18, 2002

A spunky film that celebrates a school teacher's enthusiasm and its positive effect on students.

Full Review… | May 7, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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May 7, 2007

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November 2, 2003
Aisle Seat

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999

Audience Reviews for Race the Sun

Feel good comedy-drama with a nice story and actors like Halle Berry and James Belushi in it! Story is is loosely based on the true story of the Konawaena High School Solar Car Team, which finished 18th in the 1990 World Solar Challenge and was written by Barry Morrow, who had shared the 1988 Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Rain Man. Of course, do not expect originality in this one like in The Rain Man... most of it is corny, using clichés and most of the time is very predictable! Still, you can enjoy the exciting spectacle of the race but the big positive for this movie is the attitude and the heart it has! If you want to teach your teenagers how to set aside their differences and insecurities to bond as a team - this is a right tool. This movie won't open your horizons or bring novelties but it's still uplifting experience. Light entertainment with right message.

Panta Oz
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer


entertaining flick

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

This film has its heart in the right place but is just another mediocre teen-misfits-make-good movie. A real-life story of determination and courage turned into formulaic mush.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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