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Grand Prix (1966)

Approved | | Drama, Sport | 21 December 1966 (USA)
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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Louise Frederickson
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Jean-Pierre Sarti
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Izo Yamura (as Toshiro Mifune)
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Scott Stoddard
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Pat
Antonio Sabato ...
Nino Barlini (as Antonio Sabàto)
Françoise Hardy ...
Lisa
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Agostini Manetta
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Hugo Simon
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Guido
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Monique Delvaux-Sarti (as Genevieve Page)
Jack Watson ...
Jeff Jordan
Donald O'Brien ...
Wallace Bennett (as Donal O'Brien)
Jean Michaud ...
Children's Father
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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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An international cast of stars in a passionate adventure that races across Europe's glamorous capitals. Filmed in Monte Carlo, England, Belgium, Germany and Italy. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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Approved | See all certifications »
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21 December 1966 (USA)  »

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A nagy verseny  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.20 : 1
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Toshirô Mifune's own voice was heard in his performance as Izo Yamura at the film's premiere, but afterward he was dubbed by Paul Frees in all general release and roadshow prints. See more »

Goofs

When Scott Stoddard's car crashes in the first Grand Prix race you can see a white tendril of smoke shooting out towards the car. This is the hydrogen pump used to propel the fake formula 1 car with a dummy in it to make the crash seem more realistic and should not be in the shot. See more »

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[Addressing Pete Aron in the cockpit]
Jeff Jordan: Let's try to get the season off to a good start. Shall we? Drive the car! Don't try to stand it on its bloody ear!
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Referenced in Rush (2013) See more »

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a period piece-- but of a great period
17 January 2000 | by (Toronto, Ont.) – See all my reviews

It's hard to rate this film. Its got a soap opera plot pasted on to some really fine cinematography, editing, music and racing sequences. The real stars of this film are the cars, the beautiful F1 'cigar' cars of the 60's with their exposed engines and elegant lines. Within a handful of years aerodynamics and advertising would change the look of racing forever. Even the plot hints at the change taking place at the time-- from the gentlemen's league of the 50's to the ravenously commercial and brutally competitive environment that Formula 1 was to become. Frankenheimer followed the tour through a season, to the storied old tracks such as Nurburgring, Spa and Monza (before safety and television considerations changed them to much shorter, less idiosyncratic shadows of their former selves). There are cameos by Graham Hill, Bruce McLaren, Jim Clark and Lorenzo Bandini, names tinged with tragedy in retrospect. Technically this film is quite an achievement. Many of its developments, however, did not really take, such a multiple images, and the splicing of soft music to intense action scenes. The film, then, is not one of great importance in movie history. But there are a lot of racing fans who hold a special, if not top, place for Grand Prix in their lists of favourite films.


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