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Barry Pepper stars as stock-car racing legend Dale Earnhardt in this made-for-cable drama. Dale was raised by Ralph Earnhardt (J.K. Simmons), a proud man who worked at a mill to feed and clothe his family but found true satisfaction rebuilding jalopies in his garage and racing them at local events on the weekends. Ralph was a minor legend in Southern stock-car racing, and when Dale dropped out of high school to follow his own passion for racing, he started out in his father's shadow -- and with no illusions about the odds stacked against him. But after more than a decade of struggle, Dale finally began to break into the big leagues in the late '70s, and in time he became the biggest money maker in NASCAR history, tying with the great Richard Petty as the winner of the Winston Cup trophies. But the lessons Dale learned from his father took on a deeper meaning when his own teenage son, Dale Jr. (Chad McCumbee), also decided to take up racing at the age of 16 -- and Dale tried to keep his hot-headed son away from the track. Named for Earnhardt's racing number, 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story debuted on the ESPN cable network on December 11, 2004, and was released on home video shortly afterward. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Barry Pepper
as Dale Earnhardt
Elizabeth Mitchell
as Teresa Earnhardt
J.K. Simmons
as Ralph Earnhardt
Chad McCumbee
as Dale Earnhardt Jr.
James Martin, Jr.
as Junior Johnson
Teresa Delgado
as Kelly Earnhardt
Mike Flippo
as T. Wayne Robertson
Jonathan Parks Jordan
as Reporter
Dave Hager
as J.D. Stacey
Sallie Hedrick
as Richard Petty's Blonde
Marshall McGee
as Little Kelly
Brandi Ryans
as Brenda Gee
Traci Dinwiddie
as Connie the Model
Dylan Smith
as Young Dale
Andrea Powell
as Martha Earnhardt
Corri English
as Darryl
Lori Beth Edgeman
as Latane Brown
Jacob Conger
as Little Dale Jr.
Matthew Laurance
as Richmond Track TV Reporter
Frank Glidden
as Kerry Kay
Joe Inscoe
as Darlington Track Preacher
Ron Prather
as Richard Childress
David Sherrill
as Humpy Wheeler
Nick Searcy
as Jake Elder

Crew

Russell Mulcahy
Director
Lynn Raynor
Producer
Robert Eisele
Screenwriter
James Chressanthis
Cinematographer
Louis Febre
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Baugh
Production Designer
Orly Adelson
Executive Producer
Barry Pepper
Co-Executive Producer
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