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January 1963 (USA) See more »
Actually Filmed at the Grand Prix Tracks of the World See more »
A former race-car driver-turned-writer decides to expose a ruthless, womanizing Grand Prix race driver in a book. However, his scheme explodes when his life is saved by this man, who is actually sensitive and misunderstood. | Add synopsis »
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Mark Damon ... Stephen Children

William Campbell ... Joe Machin

Luana Anders ... Henny
Patrick Magee ... Sir William Dragonet
John McLaren ... Lotus Team Manager
R. Wright Campbell ... Robert Machin
Milo Quesada ... Italian Driver
Anthony Marsh ... Announcer

Marie Versini ... Sesia Machin
Margrete Robsahm ... Lea
Christina Gregg ... Daphne
Béatrice Altariba ... Monique
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Clark ... Himself (uncredited)

Francis Ford Coppola ... (uncredited)
Bruce McLaren ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Corman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
R. Wright Campbell  writer

Produced by
Roger Corman .... producer
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sinclair 
Production Design by
Al Locatelli 
Art Direction by
Al Locatelli 
Makeup Department
Rachel Golan .... makeup artist
Production Management
Menahem Golan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francis Ford Coppola .... second unit director
Menahem Golan .... assistant director
Charles B. Griffith .... assistant director
Robert Towne .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Francis Ford Coppola .... sound
Music Department
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Other crew
Armondo Linus Acosta .... title designer (as Armand Acosta)
Menahem Golan .... production assistant
Mary Anne Wood .... production assistant

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84 min
Color (Pathécolor)
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All of Mark Damon's dialogue was looped by an uncredited William Shatner.See more »
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About much more than the racecars, 8 May 2009
Author: Gary Jackson from United States

Early 1960's newfangled, fast, agile, sleek, clean-lined, independent suspension formula one racers streak across the screen in glorious color. High-pitched, hi-revving engines scream DANGER HERE! This film delivers the typical 1960s male adolescent fantasy desire for a fast beautiful car, fast high-living, and the same kind of woman. At film's beginning, the characters are presented as mere stereotypes. In movie westerns, William Campbell was often typecast as a somewhat erratic bad guy, and in this movie he starts off in type as a bad guy 20th century playboy driver. He is egotistical, ruthless, detestable, married to a beautiful woman but still enjoys controlling, using, then callously discarding woman after woman (as he says, "the kind I get"). Mark Damon plays a writer who is also a driver and fiancée of one of the discards. But Damon's revenge is complicated by a growing friendship with Campbell as they compete on the racing circuit. Without being too obscure or complicated, the movie allows the excitement, danger, conflict, and searing emotions to cut thru the drivers' facades and expose their inner drives and fears, like a Bowie knife can carve up a tin of Boston baked beans. The characters become more than and different from what we thought. We increasingly understand and sympathize with the "bad" guy as he struggles with his fears and tries to become his better self. The plot climaxes, then accelerates promptly to a plausible resolution that leaves you with a good feeling. Enough fast action for any classic auto fan. Enough human element to get past the action into hearts and minds of the drivers "and the women who love them" (sorry, could not avoid inserting that cliché). Fans wanting more dwelltime should see James Garner's thrilling 1966 film "Gran Prix."

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