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Grand Prix (1966)

Approved | | Drama, Sport | 21 December 1966 (USA)
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American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard. While Stoddard struggles to recover, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louise Frederickson
Jean-Pierre Sarti
Izo Yamura (as Toshiro Mifune)
Scott Stoddard
Antonio Sabato ...
Nino Barlini (as Antonio Sabàto)
Françoise Hardy ...
Agostini Manetta
Hugo Simon
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Monique Delvaux-Sarti (as Genevieve Page)
Jack Watson ...
Jeff Jordan
Donald O'Brien ...
Wallace Bennett (as Donal O'Brien)
Jean Michaud ...
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American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard. While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for the Japanese Yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard's estranged wife. Written by Damian Penny <g0mb@unb.ca>

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CINERAMA sweeps YOU into a drama of speed and spectacle!


Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

21 December 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy verseny  »

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


While speaking about the war, Toshirô Mifune mentions he was a fighter pilot. James Garner comments he missed the war by a year. Garner was born in 1928, so he did not turn 18 until 1946, the year after the war ended, while Mifune was born in 1920 in China to Japanese parents. Mifune did serve in the Japanese Air Force during the war, but not as a fighter pilot- he worked in the aerial photography unit. See more »


During the Brands Hatch race, Phil Hill and Yamura are watching the action on track from the pit lane. They face the part of the circuit behind the pit lane. Pete Aron's car has developed a fault and Phil Hill shouts, noticing that Aron's car is leaking fuel. The cars continue around the circuit and come onto the pit-straight. Aron's car is now on fire. Phil Hill now proclaims 'it's on fire!' but he is still in the viewpoint that he was before, meaning that he would've been looking in completely the wrong direction and would not have seen the flaming car from that precise point. See more »


Agostini Manetta: The question is, Jean-Pierre, what are you doing to do about it?
Jean-Pierre Sarti: Do? I don't understand.
Agostini Manetta: The time for losing comes to every man, of course. I had not expected yours to come so soon.
Jean-Pierre Sarti: There have been problems with the car!
Agostini Manetta: Come, come, Sarti. I expect excuses like that from lesser men than you. You have been one of the best that ever lived, there is no question of that in my mind. Never a wrong move, concentration always there, 100 percent, till this woman.
Jean-Pierre Sarti: You have been misled, Sr. Manetta. Do ...
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Brilliant movie
4 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt, the greatest motor racing movie of all time! Steve McQueen's Le Mans doesn't come close. The storyline is OK but where this movie excels is in the groundbreaking cinematography. The shots of the old tracks particularly Spa and Monza are truly superb. Ever wanted to know what it's like to blast along the Masta straight down to Stavelot at Spa, you'll see it here. Want to know what driving on the steep Monza banking was like at 160+ mph, you'll see it here with in car footage. On top of that you've got circuits like Zandvoort in Holland which is not used for today's F1. These were the days when drivers partied the night before and after the race, when the sport was glamorous and exciting. The soundtrack is also brilliant. When oh when will we get the DVD version?

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