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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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Izo Yamura (as Toshiro Mifune)
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Scott Stoddard
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Pat
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Nino Barlini (as Antonio Sabàto)
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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)
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Jeff Jordan
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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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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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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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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Steve McQueen was the early choice for the lead role. A first meeting with producer Edward Lewis went very badly and McQueen showed no further public interest in the role. However, privately he was fuming, and he chose not to speak with his friend, and next-door neighbor, who just happened to be James Garner, for the next four years. He later starred in another racing movie, Le Mans (1971). See more »

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Prior to the start of the race at Monza, there is a flag ceremony at the starting line. The US flag has 48 stars instead of the 50 it should have had in 1966. See more »

Quotes

Jean-Pierre Sarti: The danger? Well, of course. But you are missing a very important point. I think if any of us imagined - really imagined - what it would be like to go into a tree at 150 miles per hour we would probably never get into the cars at all, none of us. So it has always seemed to me that to do something very dangerous requires a certain absence of imagination.
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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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