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Overview

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Director:
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:
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:
Lemmon's most underrated role See more (142 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 ... Man in Saloon (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)
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)
John Truax ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Driver-Contestant in Green Car, #3 (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Barfly (uncredited)
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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)
 
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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:
The name of the Western town where Dorothy Provine sings is "Boracho". "Borracho", pronounced the same way, means "drunkard" in Spanish. Since the reason the race stops in the town is to fuel the cars, or to give the cars a "drink", an additional significance of the name occurs.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the scene on the beach in the tent when Leslie and Maggie DuBois drink champagne, Leslie puts on a phonograph record of "The Desert Song." The film is set in about 1908; "The Desert Song" did not premiere until 1926.See more »
Quotes:
Maggie DuBois:And because I consider myself sexually free and morally emancipated, I am still a responsible, discriminating woman who does not intend to jump into bed with the first wavy-haired, muscle-bound, egocentric male who thinks he can seduce me by agreeing with some of the things I believe in.
Leslie:I only wanted to kiss you!
Maggie DuBois:Why?
Leslie:Because I love you, that's why!
Maggie DuBois:Ha!
Leslie:You don't believe me, huh?
Maggie DuBois:I do not!
[Leslie stops the car, inches from the finish line]
Maggie DuBois:What are you doing?
Leslie:Proving that I love you.
[...]
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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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40 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Lemmon's most underrated role, 10 March 2003
Author: markcarlson2222 from San Diego CA

Now I've read most of the comments on this film and while I might agree with some of the more specific comments regarding the looser and less plausible plot in the last third of the film and that Natalie Wood might have been more of a contribution and less of a distraction, these are moot points. The film is funny, enjoyable and a great tribute to the heyday of silent villains and heroes in a way that doesn't overdo it. Curtis' flashing smile, Wynn's turn-of-the-century mechanic character, the harried and frazzled O'Connell as Goodbody, and especially Falk's on-again, off-again sycophant/lackey/nobody's fool Max are memorable and fun. But as much as I like the main movie, my fave bits are the early scenes in which Professor Fate, always in black and macabre emblems, tries to outdo the stunts of the gleaming white, perfect and popular Great Lesile Gallant III. The stunts are fun, witty and totally unbelieveable. The plane pickup, the rocket train, the garishly painted torpedo with a mawkishly wonderful gramaphone speaker on top are priceless Victorian images of a time that we all imagine existed but never really did. Lemmon is a gem as Fate, right from the great use of his eyes under thick brows and black hat, to the spooky house in his own Munster's décor to the crème de la crème, the Hannibal Twin 8 race car. That car is a masterpiece of mechanical and artistic design. I wonder where it is now. Even the sound it generates in the film, that sinister and harmonious hum are perfect for Fate's élan.

What I've never understood is why I never heard more of Lemmon's comments on this film. It had to be fun to make and work with Curtis, but the role of Fate is so underrated. You never see it mentioned in Biography or any anthologies of Lemmon's work. I still roll in peals of laughter at his dizzy 'Let's see the Great Leslie try THAT one on for size...' as he passes out in the mud. Or when Max breaks off the moustache in the freezing storm, and all you see is Fate's astonished look of shock followed by a sideways glare that could cut glass. The last part of the film, the entire Prince Hapnik and Potsdorf sequences are less than helpful, and they really aren't needed, despite a record pie fight, but it does serve to give Lemmon another role, diametrically different from Fate. Again he uses his eyes and his voice to great effect. `Baron Rolf von SHTUPP!!'(Any relation to Lilly von Shtupp in Blazing Saddles?) With perfect timing. I mean it. Try it some time and you'll never match that unique panache which Lemmon displayed. All in all, a wonderful and fun film. No deep message, just good turn-of-the-century atmosphere, great gags and lively dialogue. Enjoy, and don't take it too seriously. After all, it's not PEARL HARBOR, is it? **** our of **** for me.

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