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The Fast and the Furious

June 22, 2001
1hr 46min
Status: released

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The Fast and the Furious Movie Details:

Based on“Racer X” by Ken Li
Country United States
Language English
Release dateJune 18, 2001 (Mann Village Theatre)
June 22, 2001 (United States)
Running time1hr 46min
Age ratingPG-13
StarringPaul Walker
Vin Diesel
Michelle Rodriguez
Jordana Brewster
Rick Yune
Chad Lindberg
Johnny Strong
Ted Levine
Directed by Rob Cohen
Screenplay byGary Scott Thompson
Erik Bergquist
David Ayer
Story byGary Scott Thompson
Produced byNeal H. Moritz
Cinematography by Ericson Core
Edited by Peter Honess
Music byBT
Production CompanyUniversal Pictures
Distributor Universal Pictures

The Fast and the Furious Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner:
    • An LAPD police officer was sent to infiltrate a crew of hijackers. Mia’s love interest
  • Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto:
    • Leader of the heist crew and a professional street racer. He was banned from professional racing after a violent retaliatory attack on the man he believed had accidentally killed his father.
  • Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz:
    • A member of Dom’s crew and his girlfriend.
  • Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto:
    • Dom’s sister and owner of the Toretto general store. Brian’s love interest.
  • Rick Yune as Johnny Tran:
    • A Vietnamese gang leader and rival of Dom.
  • Chad Lindberg as Jesse:
    • A member of Dom’s crew. Highly intelligent with math, algebra, and in computing, but he dropped out of school due to his attention deficit disorder.
  • Johnny Strong as Leon:
    • A member of Dom’s crew.


Los Angeles police officer Brian O’Conner must decide where his loyalty lies when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy.

The Fast and the Furious Movie Budget & Box Office Collection:

Budget$38 million
Worldwide Collection$207.3 million

About The Fast and the Furious Movie:

The Fast and the Furious is an action film directed by Rob Cohen from a screenplay by Gary Scott Thompson, Erik Bergquist, and David Ayer.

The Fast and the Furious is based on the Vibe magazine article “Racer X” by Ken Li.

It is the first installment in the Fast & Furious franchise.

Director Rob Cohen was inspired to make the film after reading a 1998 Vibe magazine article called “Racer X” about street racing in New York City and watching an actual illegal street race at night in Los Angeles, with the screenplay originally developed by Gary Scott Thompson and Erik Bergquist.

The film’s original title was Redline before it was changed to The Fast and the Furious.

Thompson and Bergquist wrote the original screenplay that year, with Ayer hired soon after.

Various actors were considered for the roles of O’Conner and Toretto, with Walker cast in 1998 and then Diesel in early 1999, with the pair attending actual street races in preparation for the film.

Principal photography began in July 2000 and finished that October, with filming locations primarily including Los Angeles and the surrounding area in southern California.

Record producer BT was hired to compose the score.

The film was shot in various locations within Los Angeles and parts of southern California, from June 26, to October 25, 2000. Key locations included Dodger Stadium (the opening scene where Brian tests his Eclipse in the parking lot), Angelino Heights, Silver Lake and Echo Park (the neighborhoods around the Toretto house), as well as Little Saigon (where Tran destroys the Eclipse) and the San Bernardino International Airport (the venue for Race Wars, which attracted over 1,500 import car owners and enthusiasts).

Racing Champions released diecast metal replicas of the film’s cars in different scales from 1/18 to 1/64. RadioShack sold ZipZaps micro RC versions of the cars in 2002. 1/24 scale plastic model kits of the hero cars were manufactured by AMT Ertl.

The Fast and the Furious premiered at the Mann Village Theatre in Los Angeles on June 18, 2001, and was released in the United States on June 22, by Universal Pictures. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with criticism for its story, but praise for the action sequences and Walker and Diesel’s performances, with the film considered their breakthrough roles.