Whip It

October 2nd 2009
  • Action/Comedy,
  • PG-13,
  • 111 min,
  • Fox Searchlight
  • Cast: Zoe Bell, Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis, Ellen Page, Alia Shawkat, Marcia Gay Harden, Eulala Grace Harden Scheel, Daniel Stern, Carlo Alban, Landon Pigg, John Eatherly, Jonas Stein, Max Peebles, Jimmy Fallon, Eve Jeffers, Drew Barrymore, Andrew Wilson, Will Brick, Ari Graynor, Danny Mooney, Brent Kyle
  • Director: Drew Barrymore
  • Writer: Shauna Cross
  • Producers: Drew Barrymore, Barry Mendel, Barry Juvonen
  • Co Producers: Karyn McCarthy, Nicole Brown, Kelli Konop, Jason Lust
  • Executive Producers: Nancy Juvonen, Drew Barrymore, Peter Douglas, Kirsten Smith, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake, Chris Miller
  • Castings: Justine Baddeley, Kim Davis, Kathy Mooney
  • Costume Design: Catherine Thomas
  • D.O.P.: Robert D. Yeoman
  • Editor: Dylan Tichenor
  • Makeup: Eryn Krueger
  • Music: The Section Quartet
  • Production Design: Kevin Kavanaugh
  • Set Decoration: Meg Everist


"Whip It," the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore, stars Ellen Page ("Juno") as Bliss, a rebellious Texas teen who throws in her small town beauty pageant crown for the rowdy world of roller derby. Marcia Gay Harden ("Mystic River," "Pollock") plays Bliss' disapproving mother, while Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live") and Juliette Lewis ("Old School") play roller-derby stars. Also starring Eve, Jimmy Fallon, and Daniel Stern.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Michigan, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual content including crude dialogue, language and drug material
  • Production Budget: $10 million
  • Production Companies: Vincent Pictures, Babe Ruthless Productions, Barry Mendel Productions, Flower Films, Mandate Pictures, Rye Road Productions
  • Production Schedule: July 2008 - September 2008

Featured Articles


Ellen Page dropped out of Drag Me to Hell (2009) to be in this film.

"Whip It" was written by Shauna Cross, a former Roller Derby skater with the Los Angeles Derby Dolls. Cross skated under the name Maggie Mayhem with a team of rouge cops called the Sirens. Many of the teams, skaters, names and plot lines were inspired by Cross' time with the Derby Dolls.

The fictional TXRD team 'Hurl Scouts' were based on the 'Tough Cookies' from Los Angeles: both teams share a green uniform and theme based on the Girl Scouts of America.

The Manson Sisters were played by Rachel Piplica and Kristen Adolfi - better known as Iron Maiven and Krissy Krash of the Los Angeles Derby Dolls. Ironically, the pair skated for the Hurl Scouts in the film and in real life skate for the Tough Cookies, the team on which the Scouts were based.

Despite acting in feature films since the age of 5, "Whip It" is 'Drew Barrymore''s feature film directorial debut.

The track used in the movie was built and lent to be used in the movie by a banked track roller derby league from Oklahoma City called Red Dirt Rebellion Rollergirls.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 8 October 2009: Australia
  • 1 January 2010: Bulgaria
  • 15 January 2010: Norway
  • 5 February 2010: Finland