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For the 1959 film, see Roadracers (1959 film).
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DVD cover
Distributed by Showtime Network
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Produced by Lou Arkoff
David Giler
Debra Hill
Willie Kutner
Written by Robert Rodriguez
Tommy Nix
Starring David Arquette
Salma Hayek
John Hawkes
Jason Wiles
William Sadler
Music by Paul Boll
Johnny Reno
Cinematography Roberto Schaefer
Editing by Robert Rodriguez
Budget $1,000,000
Country United States
Language English
Release date
  • July 22, 1994 (1994-07-22)
Running time 95 minutes

Roadracers is a 1994 made-for-television film directed by Robert Rodriguez, his second feature film following the success of his 1992 debut, El Mariachi. The film originally aired on Showtime Network as part of their Rebel Highway series that took the titles of 1950s-era B-movies and applied them to original films starring up-and-coming actors of the 1990s (including the likes of Alicia Silverstone and Shannen Doherty) and directed by established directors such as William Friedkin, Joe Dante, and Ralph Bakshi. Rodriguez was the only young director to participate in the series.[1] The series was produced by the son and daughter of Samuel Z. Arkoff, the co-founder and producer of American International Pictures (AIP), the distributor of the films this series takes its titles from.

Robert Rodriguez's take concerned a rebel named Dude Delaney (David Arquette) who dreams of leaving his dead end small town and becoming a rockabilly star but gets caught up in a nasty feud with the town's local sheriff (William Sadler) and his son (Jason Wiles). Salma Hayek plays Dude's girlfriend, Donna.


The film's music was composed by Paul Boll and Johnny Reno. Although a soundtrack album is listed in the ending credits of the film as being available on A&M Records, the album was never released.


  • Salma Hayek made her United States film debut with Mi Vida Loca, an American film released in the U.S. a week before Roadracers.
  • Rodriguez was used to shooting films very fast and ran into resistance with his Hollywood crew (most notably the director of photography). He discusses these conflicts in the now out-of-print book, Roadracers: the Making of a Degenerate Hot Rod Flick.
  • A character out of the movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dr. Miles Bennell, played by the original, now older actor, Kevin McCarthy, makes a cameo appearance in a scene which takes place in a movie theater running Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Home media[edit]

A Special Edition DVD release was scheduled for December 13, 2005 but for some unknown reason never happened. Rodriguez stated in an online interview chat what the specs for it were: "It has a ten minute film school on it, commentary and a new digital color correction I worked on for a quite a long while... it looks really good, and I remixed the sound in 5.1 and beefed up the sound on it. One of my favorite movies, I shot it in 13 days, and the making of it shows how to make a feature in 13 days."

It has been released on DVD in Australia and France.

Echo Bridge Entertainment released Roadracers on DVD March 20, 2012 and Blu-ray Disc April 17, 2012. The Blu-ray Disc included a 5.1 DTS soundtrack, and both the DVD and Blu-ray Disc say "Director's Cut" on the box. The special features include an audio commentary with Rodriguez and a 10 Minute Film School.[2] [3]

In 2011, Miramax made a deal with Hulu Plus and Netflix to instant stream their film library. As a result, Roadracers has also been available for digital streaming.[4]


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