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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
Brian Bedford ...
Scott Stoddard
Antonio Sabato ...
Nino Barlini
Françoise Hardy ...
Agostini Manetta
Claude Dauphin ...
Hugo Simon
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Monique Delvaux-Sarti
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 <>

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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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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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James Garner was actually too tall for Formula One racing. In order to fit in the cars, the seats had to be removed and Garner sat on the frame with just a towel or a mat protecting his posterior. Additionally, the roll bars needed to be removed and fitted with taller bars, so they would look realistic and not be noticeably shorter than the top of his helmet. See more »


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 »


Jean-Pierre Sarti: I suppose what's wrong with me is my life. But I can't change it, or won't. So there's nothing you can do for me.
Louise Frederickson: What's wrong with your life?
Jean-Pierre Sarti: I've begun to see the absurdity of it. All of us, proving what? That we can go faster, and perhaps remain alive? Nino gambling his life for a trophy, then fills it with beer, and does tricks. Stoddard filling himself with drugs in order to drive, and still passing out with the pain. Don't you see how absurd it all is? Who cares?
Louise Frederickson: I thought you cared, for ...
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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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