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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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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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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!

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Drama | Sport

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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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Yves Montand's character, Sarti, tells how he no longer slows down when he sees an accident. He uses the exact words of the real life driver Phil Hill, as quoted by Robert Daley in his book "The Cruel Sport". See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Pat Stoddard: Hugo, have you ever had ouzo?
Hugo Simon: I have had everything, my dear.
Pat Stoddard: I was with two Greeks last night and we drank lots of ouzo.
Hugo Simon: And where, may I ask, was your husband, while all this Greek and ouzo business was going on?
Pat Stoddard: Where he always is the night before a race: trying to sleep.
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Grand Prix
8 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although it is almost 40 years old, it is still the standard by which racing movies are judged. The good news is the plot doesn't interfere with the racing scenes. It's also great to see drivers like Graham Hill, Phil Hill (glad he didn't quit his day job), Chris Amon, Jimmy Clark, and others on screen. The cars are incredible, even with their lack of aerodynamics and their skinny tires. The opening scene with the engines starting and watching the throttles work is just too cool. These were the 3-litre engines and it was back when drivers actually had to clutch and shift! It's also great to see the tracks as they were back then, especially Spa. Unfortunately they were incredibly dangerous and have been updated for safety reasons, but they were good to see in their old form.


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