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Writers:
Jack Davies (written by) &
Ken Annakin (written by)
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Release Date:
16 June 1965 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Sabotage efforts damage an international air race. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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10 greatest flying movies
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Actor Jean-Pierre Cassel Dies
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stuart Whitman ... Orvil Newton

Sarah Miles ... Patricia Rawnsley

James Fox ... Richard Mays

Alberto Sordi ... Count Emilio Ponticelli

Robert Morley ... Lord Rawnsley

Gert Fröbe ... Colonel Manfred Von Holstein (as Gert Frobe)

Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Pierre Dubois

Irina Demick ... Brigitte / Ingrid / Marlene / Françoise / Yvette / Betty

Eric Sykes ... Courtney

Red Skelton ... The Neanderthal Man

Terry-Thomas ... Sir Percy Ware-Armitage

Benny Hill ... Fire Chief Perkins

Yûjirô Ishihara ... Yamamoto (as Yujiro Ishihara)
Flora Robson ... Mother Superior
Karl Michael Vogler ... Captain Rumpelstoss

Sam Wanamaker ... George Gruber
Eric Barker ... French Postman
Maurice Denham ... Trawler Skipper
Fred Emney ... Colonel

Gordon Jackson ... MacDougal
Davy Kaye ... Jean

John Le Mesurier ... French Painter
Jeremy Lloyd ... Lieutenant Parsons

Zena Marshall ... Countess Sophia Ponticelli

Millicent Martin ... Airline Hostess

Eric Pohlmann ... Italian Mayor
Marjorie Rhodes ... Maid

Norman Rossington ... Assistant Fire Chief
William Rushton ... Tremayne Gascoyne
Graham Stark ... Fireman
Jimmy Thompson ... Photographer
Michael Trubshawe ... Niven
Tony Hancock ... Harry Popperwell

James Robertson Justice ... Narration Spoken by (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerald Campion ... Fireman (uncredited)
Pauline Chamberlain ... Woman in Dover Scene (uncredited)
Robin Chapman ... Postman (uncredited)
Cicely Courtneidge ... Muriel, Colonel's Wife (uncredited)

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Member of the French Team (uncredited)
Maurice Dunster ... French Policeman (uncredited)
Gary Graham ... Child at Air Show (uncredited)

Max Howard ... Boy in crowd (uncredited)
Judy Huxtable ... Girl on Beach (uncredited)
Nigel Kingsley ... Youngest Child of Ponticelli (uncredited)
Ferdy Mayne ... French Official (uncredited)
Bill Nagy ... American Journalist (uncredited)
Steve Plytas ... Continental Journalist (uncredited)
Nicholas Smith ... Fireman (uncredited)
Ronnie Stevens ... R.A.C. Officer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ken Annakin 
 
Writing credits
Jack Davies (written by) &
Ken Annakin (written by)

Produced by
Jack Davies .... associate producer
Stan Margulies .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ron Goodwin 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
Gordon Stone 
 
Casting by
Stuart Lyons 
 
Production Design by
Thomas N. Morahan  (as Tom Morahan)
 
Costume Design by
Osbert Lancaster (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Biddy Chrystal .... hairdresser
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist (as William Partleton)
Barbara Ritchie .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Colin M. Brewer .... unit manager (as Colin Brewer)
Patrick Clayton .... unit manager (as Pat Clayton)
Denis Holt .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clive Reed .... assistant director
Don Sharp .... second unit director
Jake Wright .... assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Jim Morahan .... associate art director
Arthur Taksen .... set dresser
John Bodimeade .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... dubbing editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound (as Gordon McCallum)
John W. Mitchell .... sound
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Richard Parker .... special effects
Ron Ballinger .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Jimmy Harris .... special effects (uncredited)
Fred Heather .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Malcolm King .... special effects (uncredited)
Nick Middleton .... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Ward .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Roy Field .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Gilbert Chomat .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Derek Piggott .... stunt pilot: Stuart Whitman (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Reid .... stunt player (uncredited)
Bill Sawyer .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Silk .... stunt driver (uncredited)
John Sullivan .... stunts (uncredited)
David Watson .... stunt pilot: Karl-Michael Vogler (uncredited)
Allen Wheeler .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Skeets Kelly .... second unit cameraman
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator
Mike Fox .... focus puller: aerial unit (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Ralph Ayres .... animation
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dinah Greet .... associate costume designer
 
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
 
Other crew
Joy Mercer .... continuity
Ronald Searle .... titles designed by
Allen Wheeler .... technical adviser (as Air Commodore Allen H. Wheeler)
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
138 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)

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The beginning and ending sequences marked the final feature film appearences for Red Skelton.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Orvil and Patricia stop for a bite to eat in the cafe she asks about the type of aeroplane he flies. He says that it's a Curtiss with an Anzani engine. In fact, his aeroplane is a Bristol Boxkite which itself was a British derivative of the French Farman biplane of 1909.See more »
Quotes:
Fire Chief Perkins:Leave my fire engine alone!See more »
Soundtrack:
LA CALUNNIA UN VENTICELLOSee more »

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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
It Was The Machines That Were Magnificent, 28 August 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This was a fairly long but interesting story of an early 20th century airplane race taking place between London and Paris. The actual race only takes place for the last 45 minutes, and that's fun to watch. The terrain also is nice to view.

Before that, you get profiles of the competitors of the race. You really get the typical stereotypes of movies: the French men woo all the women; the Germans are make to look too militaristic and stupid; the English are portrayed as very stiff upper-lipped and the Italians are all too emotional, etc.

Stuart Whitman and James Fox both battle for Sarah Miles' affections and Terry Thomas has some funny lines as a villain.

I loved the airplanes in this film - really cool "flying machines," as they are labeled here. They came in all sizes and shapes. In the very beginning of the movie, they show actual footage of early flight failures and they are familiar but still fascinating. Interspiced in the actual footage are closeups of Red Skelton playing the part of some of those unsuccessful fliers. Since he had no lines, Skelton reminded me of some of the great silent film comedians.

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