(1,999)8.51 h 46 min2011PG-13
A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.
Asif Kapadia
Ayrton SennaAlain ProstFrank Williams
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Tim BevanEric FellnerJames Gay-Rees
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ACReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
May leave you with a deep sense of loss (even if you'd never heard of him before watching this)
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I came to know about this magnificent all-around person(not just racer), from a friend who is obsessed. I have already known about him for about a decade, and I knew this video was out for a few years already, but i don't know.. I guess it didn't really grab my attention all that much.
Recently I've become a bit more absorbed into racing and formula 1 and well, my interest for all things racing-related expanded. From the date of this review, I've owned this for about two weeks. Before owning it, I watched it online for the first time. Then I had to watch it again right after. Then I made my daughter watch it, just so I could watch it again, haha! I have probably seen this 10 times already.
I made my sister (who doesn't care at all for racing) watch it and she was biting her nails during some of the Senna vs Prost racing footage. She said she felt a deep sense of loss and sadness after having watched this.
I agree with all the reviewers that state you don't have to be a racing/Ayrton Senna fan to enjoy this.
It is a beautifully made film made to be enjoyed by all!!
18 people found this helpful
sylviaReviewed in the United States on July 22, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
The young male hero
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It's as old as the myths themselves, every country wants their young male champion. No human on earth seems to rise as close to the Gods themselves as a legendary world class champion when he works his magic. These champions might come once in an entire generation. Messi, Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth. They embody all the hopes and dreams of their countrymen. They are the one who possesses the ability of an Achilles, an almost supernatural skill that shows he is truly great. This happens when Messi curves the ball a little more than what seems possible to score a goal, when Michael Jordan seems to fly or when Ruth steps out of the batter's box to point his finger calling his shot before blasting one out.
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bearclawthedonutReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
OK, Generally Poor Quality Video.
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The cockpit videos are interesting, but they like most of this film are of very poor quality. Senna died a racer's death. This "documentary" has an unrealistic point of view - that everyone, particularly all other racers were unfairly against Senna. Of course they were, they were all against each other. That is what racing is all about. The best thing about this video was that I purchased it used from Zoverstocks for less than $5 plus $4 shipping from GB to USA. My copy is the two disc version and it arrived in "as new" condition in 11 days from the order date. Not as good as Rush or Grand Prix or Le Mans which are for profit films.
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PJReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this documentary
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I really love this documentary about Senna as I was stationed and living in Europe at the time of his death. I was watching the Friday practice in which Ruben Barrichello was injured; The Saturday practice and qualifying in which Roland Ratzenberger was killed; The race on Sunday in which Aryton Senna was killed. This to me was saddest weekend in F1 history. This weekend changed how Formula One looks and races to this day.
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John FosterReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Documentary about a World Champion who was respected by Millions!!!!!
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If you would like to see a fast paced documentary about Formula 1 racing, THIS is the documentary for you.
I learned a lot about how money, politics, and devious people affect a major sport around the world. Hats off to Aryton Senna living life on his terms and his belief in God. You'll be more impressed when you find out how much money he gave to charity to help children in his native country Brazil. Of course today, anyone mentioning the Christian faith is demonized if not outright banned from the media. Any expletive can be shouted in the sports arena, but mention the word Jesus and you're looked at like you're a madman. Again, if you want to learn more about the man who never forgot where he came from or never was ashamed of his country of Brazil. Watch this awesome documentary and learn why he was SO loved by his countrymen and women!!!!!
scott30575Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ayrton Senna — Gone too soon!
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What a superb, exciting, fast-paced, very informative, but ultimately sad documentary. We know the ending already, but it still tears at your heart when it comes. I would highly recommend this DVD for any fan of Senna and Formula 1 racing, which mostly covers his life and career from 1984 to May 1, 1994, in San Marino. But as a Brazilian national hero, his name, his memory and his legend will last for years and years to come. This DVD documentary was, for me, unforgettable. Please note: There are sometimes subtitles, but this in no way detracts from the viewing experience.
B47StratojetReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Fitting Tribute to a Champion of F-1
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I am not going to pull punches here---the movie will make you very sad, because we all know Ayrton Senna dies in the Imola crash at the end. This is a fantastic movie about his life and his religious nature, which I found refreshing in these politically correct times. It shows his meteor-like rise through the ranks of the junior leagues and into F1. He was an insane fast driver--especially in the rain. The race footage is outstanding. You get a feel for the Man, who he was, how he conducted himself on and off the track. He was as romantic about the sport as he was for women---a real racing gentleman. They don't make them like this anymore. He wasn't fearless, he had faith in God and truly felt that angels were with him during several miraculous wins. Like I said.....refreshing to see someone like this. The movie is worth every penny---just for the respect factor alone.
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shortReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie, or Best Movie?
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Honestly, this is one of the best movies I've ever watched, racing related or otherwise. Sure some of the footage is old and of much lower quality but that was the state of videography back in this 80s (GoPros weren't even a twinkle in the inventors eye :) ). Despite being a documentary, it still has the 'feel' of a movie/story. I also like how they put some scenes about Ayrton's philanthropy in the movie as well.

However, that said, I will agree with the Alain Prost interview that I have watched that this movie does paint a more bleak picture about Ayrton and Alain's relationship than was really the case. It was a friendly rivalry with a lot of respect between the two but sure, there were a few bouts of argument/feud but I'd say that is healthy between a pair of incredible athletes competing against each other.

For those who just took the movies stance on Prost at face value, which made him seem like a jerk, hopefully he was redeemed when the text about him being a trustee for the Senna Foundation.
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