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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Details


When America's number one NASCAR speed-demon is issued a direct challenge from a gay, French Formula One racer with a hunger for the top spot and a mean talent for tight-cornering, the race is on to become the number one man in all of NASCAR in a full throttle comedy starring Will Ferrell and directed by Will Ferrell cohort Adam McKay. Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) is a national hero with a "smokin' hot" trophy wife, pair of borderline-abusively precocious sons, and an endless line of endorsement deals filling his mansion with toys and driveway with sports cars and Hummers. His racing partner and lifelong friend Cal Naughton, Jr. (John C. Reilly), never fails to provide him with a hand on the racetrack, frequently performing their trademark "slingshot" maneuver to shoot Ricky into first place, leaving Cal in second. While the public loves these buddies (popularly known by the meaningless childhood nicknames they find so exceedingly cool: "Shake and Bake"), a wedge comes between the two, as Ricky Bobby's longstanding winning-streak is broken by flamboyand French Formula One driver Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen), robbing Ricky of everything in an instant as the trauma leaves him unable to drive. Ricky's wife takes his fortunes while Cal takes his wife, and now he's back with his mother (Jane Lynch) and long-estranged father (Gary Cole). Things look bad for Ricky, but his father was once a race car driver himself, and now with the help of a training montage, a live cougar, and the courage to drive without his gleaming white Wonder Bread endorsement, Ricky might be ready to face the track again. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:November 3, 2006


Awarded by
Chicago Film Critics Association Sacha Baron Cohen Most Promising Performer 2006 Winner


Will Ferrell
as Ricky Bobby
John C. Reilly
as Cal Naughton Jr.
Sacha Baron Cohen
as Jean Girard
Gary Cole
as Reese Bobby
Michael Clarke Duncan
as Lucius Washington
Leslie Bibb
as Carley Bobby
Jane Lynch
as Lucy Bobby
Amy Adams
as Susan
Andy Richter
as Gregory
Molly Shannon
as Mrs. Dennit
Greg Germann
as Larry Dennit Jr.
David Koechner
as Hershell
Jack McBrayer
as Glenn
Ian Roberts
as Kyle
Jason Davis
as Waffle House Manager
Dick Berggren
Luke Bigham
as 10-Year Old Ricky
Austin Crimm
as 10-Year Old Cal
Adam McKay
as Terry Cheveaux
Pat Hingle
as Mr. Dennit Sr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
as Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Houston Tumlin
as Walker
Grayson Russell
as Texas Ranger
Ted Manson
as Chip
Danny Vinson
as Texas Ticket Seller
Larry McReynolds
as Larry McReynolds
Darrell Waltrip
as Darrell Waltrip
Dan Cox
as Bartender
Rob Riggle
as Jack Telmont
Ruffin Copeland
as Doctor
Richard Benjamin
as Reporter
Matt Day
as Pizza Delivery Boy
Christoph Sanders
as Pizza Delivery Boy
Pete Burris
as Police Officer
Frank Hoyt Taylor
as Frank
Conrad Ricamora
as DMV Officer
Angie Fox
as Waitress
Jim Wise
as Jim Bohampton
Rebecca Koon
as Car Wash Customer
Elvis Costello
as Elvis Costello
Mos Def
as Mos Def
Benny Parsons
as Benny Parsons
Jack Blessing
as Jarvis
John Baker
as Ted Beamen
Jake Johnson
as 5 Year-Old Ricky


Adam McKay
Judd Apatow
Jimmy Miller
Adam McKay
Will Ferrell
Oliver Wood
Brent White
Hal Willner
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alex Wurman
Composer (Music Score)
Brent White
Clayton R. Hartley
Production Designer
Virginia Randolph-Weaver
Art Director
Andrew Jay Cohen
Associate Producer
Josh Church
Associate Producer
Adam McKay
Executive Producer
Will Ferrell
Executive Producer
Ryan Kavanaugh
Executive Producer
David B. Householter
Executive Producer
Richard Glover
Executive Producer
Sarah Nettinga
Executive Producer
Barbara Mesney
Set Designer
Casey Hallenbeck
Set Decorator
Susan Matheson
Costume Designer
Mark Ulano
Sound/Sound Designer
Matt Rebenkoff
First Assistant Director
Allison Jones
The Picture Mill
Title Design
Butch West
Construction Coordinator
Spiro Razatos
Stunts Coordinator
Spiro Razatos
Second Unit Director
Bill Bowling
Location Manager
David Heron
Special Effects Coordinator
Michael Hofacre
Visual Effects Editor
Igor Meglic
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Melissa Bretherton
Additional Editing
Cate Hardman
Script Supervisor
Joseph B. Conmy IV
Visual Effects Supervisor
Scott Maginnis
Properties Master
Ty Warren
Production Supervisor
George Anderson
Supervising Sound Editor
Andy Gill
Stunts Coordinator
Dana Hart
Costumes Supervisor
Steve Kelso
Stunts Coordinator
Courtenay Miles
Second Assistant Director