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The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975)

Flåklypa Grand Prix (original title)
Reodor Felgen decides that he will enter a car race to defeat his former friend who has stolen his plans for a car.

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Credited cast:
Wenche Foss ...
Per Theodor Haugen ...
TV-reporter (voice)
Harald Heide-Steen Jr. ...
Leif Juster ...
Narrator (voice)
Henki Kolstad ...
Speaker (voice)
Toralv Maurstad ...
Ludvig (voice)
Rolf Just Nilsen ...
Ben Redic Fy Fazan / Roger Jurtappen / Ollvar O. Kleppvold / Hallstein Bronskimlet / Jostein Kroksleiven (voice)
Helge Reiss ...
Frank Robert ...
Reodor Felgen (voice)
Kari Simonsen ...
Solan (voice)
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100 miles north, a bit east and up, is Flåklypa... home of bicycle repairman Reodor Felgen and his two assistants - Solan Gundersen, morning bird and natural born optimist, and Ludvig who is a true pessimist. Sponsored by oil sheik Ben Redic Fy Fazan, they build the car "Il Tempo Gigante" and the race of the decade is a fact. Written by Ronny Arild <ronnya@stud.cs.uit.no>

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The Race of the Century ... Dazzling, Exciting, Incredible ... A Full Length Puppet Film! See more »


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28 August 1975 (Norway)  »

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Pinchcliffe Grand Prix  »

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The movie has sold over 5.5 million tickets in Norwegian theaters. The population of Norway is 4.5 million people. See more »

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Shadow from camera is visible during the car race. See more »

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Referenced in Into the Dark (2012) See more »

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Quite Simply, An Outstanding Film
17 November 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Flåklypa Grand Prix is the biggest selling and most watched film of all time in its homeland of Norway. In fact, its ticket sales in Norway is greater than the population of Norway: which should tell you a lot. It is a cultural phenomenon in Norway that is just as popular 30 years after its arrival, which was proved by the video game based on the film that became the biggest selling video game of all time in Norway: 25 years after the films debut. OK, enough "Hype and Wonderment", lets talk about the movie.

Set in rural Norway in the mid 20th century, it tells the tale of a bicycle mechanic and his friends who wind up entering a car race with a homemade automobile. It is a story of wonder, adventure, charm, "getting by against the odds" and most of all friendship. It is a family film, enjoyed equally by teens, young-lings and adults alike. The humor is accessible to all ages and types of people, and the emotions that emanate from the screen are always moving the story forward and deepening your involvement about the characters and their environment. It is quite simply, an outstanding film, that should not be missed.

To balance my obvious admiration for this piece of work, I will now look on the flip side of this shining coin. Firstly, the film does stereotype slightly, and does so from a 1970 point of view. This makes some characters and jokes seem outdated and "inappropriate" nowadays. However, this is a minor flaw from which most all films of age suffer. The second and final "critisism" is this question: why was a (proper) sequel never made???

This film has had influence on Hollywood without the major public knowing about it. From Back to the Future to Star Wars Episode I, which pod racing scene is almost an exact copy from Flåklypa Grand Prix. If you are an avid film enthusiast and want to have light bulbs appear over your head in regards to finding our where things came from in some major Hollywood productions, then you should watch this film.

What more can I say but go and see it :)


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