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Director:
Writers:
Arthur A. Ross (screenplay)
Blake Edwards (original story) ...
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Release Date:
1 July 1965 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
THE GREAT LAUGH SHOW OF ALL TIME! See more »
Plot:
Comedy about an early 20th century car race across three continents. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Greatest pie fight on the silver screen See more (141 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Lemmon ... Professor Fate / Crown Prince Frederick Hoepnick

Tony Curtis ... The Great Leslie

Natalie Wood ... Maggie Dubois

Peter Falk ... Maximilian Meen

Keenan Wynn ... Hezekiah Sturdy

Arthur O'Connell ... Henry Goodbody

Vivian Vance ... Hester Goodbody

Dorothy Provine ... Lily Olay

Larry Storch ... Texas Jack

Ross Martin ... Baron Rolfe Von Stuppe

George Macready ... General Kuhster

Marvin Kaplan ... Frisbee

Hal Smith ... Mayor of Boracho

Denver Pyle ... Sheriff
William Bryant ... Baron's Guard
Ken Wales ... Baron's Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Adamson ... Barfly (uncredited)
Richard Alexander ... Barfly (uncredited)
Leon Alton ... Townsman (uncredited)
Greg Benedict ... Soldier (uncredited)
Bill Borzage ... Townsman (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Policeman (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Vice Chairman (uncredited)
Bill Catching ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Barfly (uncredited)
Joe Ferrante ... Barfly (uncredited)
Charles Fredericks ... Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)
Silver Harr ... Barfly (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man in Hallway at Sentinel (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Executive Board Member (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Barfly (uncredited)
Chester Hayes ... Man in Bear Suit (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... Soldier (uncredited)
Bob Herron ... Palace Guard (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... Texas Jack's Henchman / Baker in Pie Fight (uncredited)
Clegg Hoyt ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Townsman (uncredited)
Patricia King ... Woman in West (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ... Starter (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Bettor (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Townsman (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Russian (uncredited)
Rod McGaughy ... Barfly (uncredited)
J. Edward McKinley ... Chairman (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Reporter (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)
Richard Mosier ... Boy Eating Popcorn (uncredited)

Hal Needham ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)
Joyce Nizzari ... Woman in West (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Conductor (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... Cowboy Shooting Gun in Saloon (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)
Jack Perkins ... Texas Jack Henchman (uncredited)
Raoul Retzer ... Mayor-Domo (uncredited)
Hal Riddle ... Baker (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ... Cowboy / Dancer (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Barfly (uncredited)
Danny Sands ... Barfly (uncredited)
Maria Schroeder ... Woman in Tobelsk (uncredited)
Jerry Schumacher ... Auto Worker (uncredited)
Charles Seel ... Freight Agent (uncredited)
Sarah Selby ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Alex Sharp ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)

Johnny Silver ... Baker (uncredited)
Paul Smith ... First Employee (uncredited)
Tom Smith ... Barfly (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Bishop at Coronation (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Townsman (uncredited)
Art Stewart ... (uncredited)
Frank D. Strong ... Trombonist in Marching Band (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Reporter (uncredited)
John Truax ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Driver-Contestant in Green Car, #3 (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Barfly (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
 
Writing credits
Arthur A. Ross (screenplay) (as Arthur Ross)

Blake Edwards (original story) &
Arthur A. Ross (original story) (as Arthur Ross)

Produced by
Dick Crockett .... associate producer (as Richard Crockett)
Martin Jurow .... producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph E. Winters 
 
Production Design by
Fernando Carrere 
 
Art Direction by
Fernando Carrere (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Costume Design by
Donfeld  (as Don Feld)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles creator: Miss Wood
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
 
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... unit production manager
Chuck Hansen .... unit production manager (as Charles Hansen)
Jack McEdward .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Cunningham .... assistant director
Richard Landry .... assistant director (as Dick Landry)
Mickey McCardle .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Reg Allen .... decorative consultant
Jack Stevens .... decorative consultant
Mentor Huebner .... conceptual artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
M.A. Merrick .... sound
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
George Brown .... special effects (uncredited)
Danny Lee .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... photographic effects (as Linwood Dunn)
James B. Gordon .... photographic effects (as James Gordon)
Albert Simpson .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Odile Astie .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Catron .... stunts (uncredited)
Philip Crawford .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
Howard Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Dial .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Stephanie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Geary .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke Green .... stunts (uncredited)
Johnny Hagner .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Hall .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Sharon Lucas .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Melton .... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Sharp .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunt double: Tony Curtis/Ross Martin (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Mary Statler .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
Helen Thurston .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Verbois .... stunts (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harold E. Wellman .... photographer: second unit (as Harold Wellman)
Richard Doran .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bobby Greene .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael A. Jones .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... clothes: Miss Wood
 
Music Department
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone soloist
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
Vinton Vernon .... score mixer (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Jackie Ward .... singing voice: Natalie Wood (uncredited)
John Williams .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott)
Hermes Pan .... choreographer
Ken Wales .... dialogue supervisor
Dean Jeffries .... car designer (uncredited)
Ken Mundie .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Oliver Hardy .... dedicatee (as Mr. Hardy)
Stan Laurel .... dedicatee (as Mr. Laurel)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Blake Edwards' The Great Race" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
160 min | Spain:146 min (DVD edition)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (RCA Sound System) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Natalie Wood's singing voice on 'The Sweetheart Tree' was provided by 'Jackie Ward (1)', famous for the La-la-la sections of the Pat Boone 1962 hit 'Speedy Gonzales'.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Leslie and the Baron are fencing they first use foils then they decide to use sabers, but when we see them fighting they are still using foils.See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Professor Fate:[shouts] Maaaax!
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Swindle (2013) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Big Night TonightSee more »

FAQ

Is this movie based an an actual event?
Was "The Great Race" eventually turned into a cartoon series?
What happened to the cars driven by The Great Leslie and Professor Fate? Were they real cars? Are they still around?
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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Greatest pie fight on the silver screen, 21 May 2004
Author: grendelkhan from Xanadu

The Great Race is a marvelously entertaining cartoon of a movie. Everyone is a broad character and slapstick abounds. The actors are great and the comedy is lively. If it has a fault, it's that it is a bit longer than necessary. However, it never slows down too much to make you lose interest.

Jack Lemmon steals the show as the deliciously despicable Professor Fate. Lemmon brings melodramtic greatness to what would normally be the Terry Thomas role (and I love Terry Thomas). His partner in crime is Peter Falk, as the harried, but loyal Max. Together, they make this film great.

Tony Curtis is the perfect true-blue hero, even if that becomes a bit obnoxious. He's so great that you just can't wait for Prof. Fate to get one up on him.

Natalie Wood gets a bit annoying, too, as Maggie Dubois. Her strident proclamations about equality start to get on your nerves fairly rapidly. She's not quite intrepid enough for Nellie Bly, and not quite smart enough for Gloria Steinum. She has some good comedic moments, though.

The film is episodic in nature and a bit uneven, but there a great moments throughout. Scenes to look for: The early daredevil rivalry between the Great Leslie and Prof. Fate, the saloon brawl in Borracho, the Prisoner of Zenda send-up, and the pie fight.

Hollywood doesn't make great slapstick farces like this anymore. Humor now revolves around groin injuries and stupid one-liners and catch phrases. We don't see great character pieces anymore. It's a shame as these kinds of movies hold up well; especially as family fare.

The DVD is pretty bare-bones. It would have been nice to have some commentary from Blake Edwards and Tony Curtis. Warner Brothers has but out some pretty substandard DVD packages, this one included. Still, it's worth the price just to watch the movie.

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