Cinema: Good Old-Fashioned Lunacy

He owns a casino. He's rich. He's nutsy. Donald Sinclair (John Cleese) is Howard Hughes with a cheerfully sadistic attitude. He puts $2 million in a duffel bag 700 miles from Las Vegas and sets six desperate, disparate groups in pursuit of the swag--winner take all. Meanwhile, to enrich himself further, he has a roomful of rich guys betting on the outcome.

You might say Rat Race is an updated variant of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, except that the new film was directed by a guy who actually has a sense of humor (Jerry Zucker) and written by...

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