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Arthur A. Ross (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 July 1965 (USA) See more »
When a popular daredevil proposes an automobile race across three continents, his arch rival vows to beat him, while an ambitious female reporter has her own plans for victory. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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  (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)
Brandon Beach ... Man in Hallway at Sentinel (uncredited)
Herman Belmonte ... Barfly (uncredited)
Greg Benedict ... Soldier (uncredited)
Bill Borzage ... Townsman (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Policeman (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Vice Chairman (uncredited)
Bill Catching ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Auto Worker (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Barfly (uncredited)
Joe Ferrante ... Barfly (uncredited)
Fritz Ford ... Cowboy (uncredited)
George Ford ... Man in Hallway at Sentinel (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)
Carey Loftin ... Saloon Brawler (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)
Fred Rapport ... Barfly (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)
Carl Sklover ... Townsman (uncredited)
Paul Smith ... First Employee (uncredited)
Tom Smith ... Barfly (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... Saloon Brawler (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)
George Tracy ... Barfly (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)
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)
Frank Stanley .... first assistant camera (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)
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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160 min | Spain:146 min (DVD edition)
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?

As the budget for this film ballooned from $3 million to $12 million, Jack L. Warner, the head of Warner Pictures, said Blake Edwards was spending money like water. Edwards, in turn, accused Warner of being "tight". Warner then served Edwards with legal papers to remove him from the picture. Edwards made several concessions to the studio, however, and continued with the project.See more »
Miscellaneous: As the Baron prepares to jump out the window after the sword-fight with Leslie, he attributes his parting quip to "a famous English gentleman" that starts out "He who fights and runs away . . . ". That passage, however, is from a poem by Oliver Goldsmith, a doctor from Ireland.See more »
Leslie:It's just that you bear an uncanny resemblance to someone we both know.
Prince Hapnick:Someone who looks like me?
Leslie:Yes, sir.
Prince Hapnick:[laughing, then comes silent pause] Poor fellow.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fearless Frank (1967)See more »
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30 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Worthy of modern restoration and DVD issue., 15 February 2001
Author: DB (alembic)

In the classic opening credit sequence just before where we are transported back to the days of the "Magic lamp" slide projection shows, we are given a hint of what is to come when a tribute salute " For Mr Laurel & Mr Hardy " appears on the screen. Yes this movie does owe something to the slapstick routines of those two gentlemen yet it has a life of it's own which in many ways far surpasses slapstick. For those people who can only see the sight gags then this movie will only provide mild appeal. Look deeper and appreciate the marvellous comedic talents of Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Peter Falk, Keenan Wynn and Natalie Wood.

Comedy is always a thing of personal taste. I suspect that there will be those who will rave about how wonderful The Great Race is while others will call it a waste of time and money. There will be few in the middle ground. I fall into the rave category. To me this movie is sheer FUN.

The visuals are splendid and awesomly huge. The costumes fabulous and the location settings vast. Everything is over the top, yet there is still room for small subtleties and in-jokes. The actors have a ball. Jack Lemmon just sneaks in as the best scene stealer but the able cast hold their own too. The Great Race just cries out for a restoration job and a release on DVD - please !

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