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Senna (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Biography, Sport  |  12 November 2010 (Brazil)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself (archive footage)
Frank Williams ...
Ron Dennis ...
Viviane Senna ...
Milton da Silva ...
Neide Senna ...
Sid Watkins ...
Galvão Bueno ...
Reginaldo Leme ...
Gerhard Berger ...
Nelson Piquet ...
Nigel Mansell ...
Jean-Marie Balestre ...


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

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Release Date:

12 November 2010 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Ayrton Senna: Beyond the Speed of Sound  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Despite a limited release, it set a UK box office record for a documentary of £375,000 on its opening weekend. See more »


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. See more »


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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Truly Remarkable
26 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I had been a Fan of Ayrton when I was a child. I distinctly remember watching the F1 highlights with my dad. My dad was a seasonal fanatic of sports and kept updating me with the news from the papers/sports magazines and the television.

To relive the moments of Ayrton (the idol) in this emotionally gripping documentary was unbelievably comforting. The script and flow of the events were so flawlessly presented taking one's memory into the Time travel of decade gone by. It was nothing short of Excellence in execution.

The documentary dissects Ayton's persona in a subtle way, making it the most compelling Biography of all times. The back-ground score by Antonio Pinto was Enthralling and Sensual delight.

This is not to be missed, sad that I had been to the cinema only on the final day when it was shown-much regret the delay. Nevertheless, Its a true Masterpiece which portrays the subtle sadness of a legend's demise in a sweet throat stifling moments.

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