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Overview

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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:
The Great Race Is A Great Comedy See more (146 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
 
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)
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:
A moose head appears to hang on the wall of Professor Fate's (Jack Lemmon's oddly decorated dining room. However, when the Professor and Max run out the front door you can see that the rest of the moose stands in the foyer, with just his head poking through a hole in the wall. Ernie Kovacs originally did this gag on one of his TV shows. The fact that Jack Lemmon was a great friend of Kovacs' suggests that this wasn't a coincidence. In addition, the gag goes back at least as far as the Warner Bros.' cartoon Kitty Kornered (1946), in which a cat clinging to a moose head is being pulled by Porky Pig, and results in the entire moose being pulled through the wall.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the scene towards the beginning of the race where Professor Fate and Max put out their engine fire with the foamy fire extinguisher, the car in the background, which in a previous shot lost its wheels, now has the wheels reattached.See more »
Quotes:
Texas Jack:Now, can I get me some fightin' room?See more »
Soundtrack:
Toccata and Fugue in D MinorSee 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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29 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
The Great Race Is A Great Comedy, 22 May 2001

This is director Blake Edwards salute to the early days of films. It is quite long, but worth the time to see this masterpiece, and appropriate for all ages. Its basically the good guy vs the bad guy and the heroine theme but the roles are mixed up in a wonderful way to where each main character is both at different times. I love Maggie DuBois(Natalie Wood) the most because she is such a strong intelligent woman, and yet beautiful and sexy. She would do anything to stay in the race, and did. Professor Fate and Max are not Laural and Hardy but evoke their comedy team spirit strongly. They are the ones that make the bumbling mistakes that make them more human than the perfect Leslie(Tony Curtis). The prince is a silly compliment to Professor Fate, both brilliantly played by Jack Lemmon. Also worth seeing is Vivian Vance as the wife of the newspaper owner, and Larry Storch as the gunfighter. I really liked the submarine, rocket sled, pedaled air balloon, and the vintage cars. Visually, this movie is a work of art, and the music is perfect. The score features Henry Mancini's "The Sweetheart Tree." Yes, there's lust, love and romance here too. This is the quintessential epic comedy of the 60's.

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