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Overview

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Writers:
Arthur A. Ross (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 July 1965 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
THE GREAT LAUGH SHOW OF ALL TIME! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(73 articles)
User Reviews:
Nostalgic Comfort Viewing See more (148 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 Borracho

Denver Pyle ... Sheriff
William Bryant ... Baron's Guard (as Bill Bryant)
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 ... The Crown Prince's dance partner (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
Robert J. Miller .... sound recordist
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 .... stunts (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 .... stunt double: Tony Curtis in pie fight (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)
 
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:
Both the Leslie Special and the Hannibal 8 are now owned by the Stahls Automotive Foundation and are on display in its museum in Chesterfield, Michigan. Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk have autographed the cars.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Dr Fate's submarine would not operate under water using a paddle wheel as shown. The submarine would stay in one place.See more »
Quotes:
Leslie:Are you a native of Borracho?
Lily Olay:I ain't no native, I was born here!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Beautiful Blue DanubeSee 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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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Nostalgic Comfort Viewing, 1 April 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

THE GREAT RACE may not be a masterpiece--but it is a perfect choice for a cold and rainy night: stylish, frothy, and often flatly hilarious, it makes for "comfort viewing" at its best.

One of the movie's several charms is that it draws heavily from Victorian clichés that still linger in the public mind, gives them a gentle comic spin, and then drops them into the tale of an early 1900s auto race from New York to Paris by way of Siberia. Add to this a heap of favorite character actors, a big budget, flamboyant period costumes, and the biggest pie fight ever filmed, and you have a movie where there is always something to enjoy on the screen.

The great thing about THE GREAT RACE are the performances, which are very broad but endowed with a sly humor. The comedy accolades here go to Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk as the notorious Dr. Fate and his bumbling sidekick Max--wonderful bits of acting that will have you hooting with laughter in every scene--and Dorothy Provine scores memorably in a cameo as Lily Olay, the bombshell singer who presides over the most rootin'-tootin' saloon this side of the Pecos.

But every one, from Tony Curtis and the lovely Natalie Wood down to such cameo performers as Vivian Vance, get in plenty of comic chops as the film drifts from one outrageous episode to another: suffragettes crowding a newspaper, the biggest western brawl imaginable, polar bears, explosions, daredevil antics, and a subplot lifted from THE PRISONER OF ZENDA agreeably crowd in upon each other. True, the film does seem over-long and may drag a bit in spots, but it never drags for very long, and it's all in good fun--and the production values and memorable score easily tide over the bare spots. Lots of fun.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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