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A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

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Frank Williams ...
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Ron Dennis ...
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Viviane Senna ...
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Milton da Silva ...
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Neide Senna ...
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Sid Watkins ...
Himself
Galvão Bueno ...
Himself
Reginaldo Leme ...
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Gerhard Berger ...
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Nelson Piquet ...
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Nigel Mansell ...
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Jean-Marie Balestre ...
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The story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80's, the film follows Senna's struggles both on track against his nemesis, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport. Sublime, spiritual yet, on occasion, ruthless - Senna conquers and transcends Formula One to become a global superstar. Privately, he is humble, almost shy, and fiercely patriotic, donating millions to his native Brasil and contemplating a life beyond motor-racing. Yet he is struck down in his prime on the blackest weekend in the history of the sport, watched live on television by 300 million people. Years on he is revered in Formula One as the greatest motor racing driver of all time - and in Brasil as a Saint. Written by Anonymous

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The legend of the greatest driver who ever lived. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some strong language and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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25 May 2011 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$73,497 (USA) (12 August 2011)

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$1,612,430 (USA) (18 November 2011)
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Trivia

Upon being hired, the director Asif Kapadia knew little about the life of Ayrton Senna and Formula 1. This was the intention of the producers, so he had a fair look at the film material. See more »

Goofs

At the end, a title card referring to Senna's fatal accident reads "There has not been a fatality in Formula One since." This is now inaccurate following the death of Formula One driver Jules Bianchi following injuries sustained at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

Also, two marshals have been killed during races in Italy and Australia. There is also the F1 test driver Maria de Vallota, who died as a result of an accident during testing. See more »

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Sid Watkins: [after the death of Roland Ratzenberger] Ayrton got very, very upset and cried a bit, and that's when I said to him, you know Ayrton you've been three times world champion, you're the fastest man in the world, and you like fishing. So I said why don't you quit, and I'll quit, and we'll just go fishing. And he said Sid, I can't quit.
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Crazy Credits

While the credits roll, we see home movies by the Senna family. See more »

Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 3 June 2011 (2011) See more »

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Tema Da Vitória
(Eduardo Souto Neto)
Performed by Eduardo Souto Neto
Courtesy of Som Livre/ RGE
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Senna a must-seen
19 April 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

I didn't know much about Senna, before watching this documentary. Just obvious things: great rider who died young in a F1 accident. Topics, nothing more. When I started to watch "Senna", I was surprised by the eyes of a rider who seemed nearly shy in the interviews, but fiercely strong and daring on the truck. His face was a canvas where his soul sketched the mixed feelings that were born as he and life slowly sprang up. You see Senna as a true consistent human being, who debated between what he loved - racing, his country- and what was surrounding him and , sadly, growing up -Brasil's poverty, politics infesting F1, too much engineering against pilot's talent.. This is a must-seen documentary. A must-seen film indeed. Traces of archive footage that let you be a little closer of a great man who loved and lived for a passion, who had errors and fought against them, and who taught us a great lesson of attitude and coherence. Requiescat In Pace


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