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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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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! See more »


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?


The film shows racing taking place on the banked oval section of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy, but in fact the oval section of that racetrack had not been used for the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix since 1961. This section of the track was still used, however, for races involving other classes of cars until 1969. The Monza 1,000 Kilometre, for example, reserved for the Sports, Prototype and Grand Touring categories, used the full 10KM course (including the high-speed banked oval section) from 1965 to 1969. Ironically, the tragic fatal accident in the 1961 Italian Grand Prix (which took the life of German driver Wolfgang Von Trips, and 14 spectators) did not occur in the banked oval section but just prior to the "Parabolic" curve, which is part of the Road Course section of Monza. This road course, with modifications for safety and since the retirement of the banked oval section, has comprised the entire circuit at Monza ever since. 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 »


Lisa: I'm leaving you
Nino Barlini: Leaving? For how long?
Lisa: For always you fool. Forever.
Lisa: I met a boy, an American who want to go to the Greek islands and dive for relics.
Nino Barlini: In the first place, diving is a great bore.
Lisa: How do you know? Have you ever done it?
Nino Barlini: Some things one can tell without doing them that they will be a great bore and the underwater is for fish not for people.
Nino Barlini: In the second place, they are not relics at all.
Nino Barlini: I have on authority from a close friend that things are manufactured and then dumped into the...
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Referenced in The Bunny Years (1999) See more »

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A thrill to watch 35 years later....
14 May 2001 | by (Planet ScottT) – See all my reviews

The best motorsports film made. Frankenheimer received cooperation from all the F1 teams in filming this movie, allowing it to avoid the cheesy typical Hollywood race movie(Days of Thunder, Driven). His desire to display the sport as it really is, made this movie spectacular. The race footage was way ahead of it's time, and still creates a thrill in me whenever I watch it.

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