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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Louise Frederickson
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Jean-Pierre Sarti
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Brian Bedford ...
Scott Stoddard
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Pat
Antonio Sabato ...
Nino Barlini
Françoise Hardy ...
Lisa
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Agostini Manetta
Claude Dauphin ...
Hugo Simon
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Guido
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Monique Delvaux-Sarti
Jack Watson ...
Jeff Jordan
Donald O'Brien ...
Wallace Bennett (as Donal O'Brien)
Jean Michaud ...
Children's Father
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Storyline

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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Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

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)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Crowds can be difficult to manage simply because of the effort needed to maintain their concentration. During the filming of Grand Prix (1966) there was a scene where a flaming car is driven into the pits. It was about 4 o'clock in the afternoon and the director, John Frankenheimer, was disgusted by the crowd's lack of reaction to the dramatic action during the rehearsals. They appeared to be more interested in their tea break. Frankenheimer called his special effects man over and told him to 'blow up the tea van' when given the signal. The unit went for a take. The flaming sports car came into the pits. The crowd looked on. The signal was given and the tea truck exploded. The crowd reacted and Frankenheimer got his shot' This is an extreme example of how to direct crowds. (from "Production Management for Film and Video" by Richard Gates) See more »

Goofs

After Jean Pierre crashes he is helped out of his car. He pulls his goggles part way down as they are now just under his lip and covering his chin. The view then cuts to a close-up of Jean Pierre's face and the goggles are not over his face any more. See more »

Quotes

Nino Barlini: And what do you think of this man? In the middle of the race, he decides to take a swim! It cost me two seconds!
Jean-Pierre Sarti: Pete, do you ever get tired, of the driving?
Pete Aron: No.
Jean-Pierre Sarti: Lately, I sometimes get very tired, you know? Very tired.
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Featured in The Man Who Makes the Difference (1968) See more »

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No comparison with other race flicks...
21 February 2000 | by (rochester ny usa) – See all my reviews

Forget about cinematic technique or even plot: This movie will blow you away. Yeh, the plot is cookie-cutter, but they took the trouble to hire performers who could make it work well enough to not detract from the outrageously realistic action sequences. Part of the whole point is that personal lives become somehow smaller (and thus dearer) next to something like the Grande Prix F1 circuit.

I don't recommend pairing this in a screening with _Days of Thunder_ for two reasons: First, GP is LONG; second, DoT will pale by comparison.

BTW, if you can rent it in DVD, get it that way and watch it on as big a TV as you can find. The soundtrack is incredible and the widescreen work is like nothing you'll ever see anywhere else.


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