Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli, who is terminally ill.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter McGinn ...
The Brother
Van Doude ...
The Flutist
Gérard Hernandez ...
Carlos Del Montanaro
Stephan Meldegg ...
Karl Holtzmann
Norm Nielsen ...
The Magician (as Norm Nielson)
Romolo Valli ...
Uncle Luigi
Jaime Sánchez ...
Delvecchio (as Jaime Sanchez)
Mickey Knox ...
Dorothy James ...
Guido Alberti ...
Priest In The Garden
Monique Lejeune ...
Catherine Modave
Steve Gadler ...
Bertrand Modave


Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli, who is terminally ill. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <>

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Who is Bobby Deerfield? No one really knew. Not the crowds who cheered him. Not the women who made love to him. Not the family who reached out to him. No one until now. No one until her. See more »


Drama | Romance


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3 November 1977 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Um Momento, Uma Vida  »

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Publicity for this picture declared that the film's source sombre setting of a sanitarium nestled high in the forbidding peaks of the Swiss Alps also served as a backdrop for Guy de Maupassant's gothic horror tale "L'Auberge" ("The Inn"). See more »


Lillian Morelli: You're such a turtle!
Bobby Deerfield: Turtle?
[she nods]
Bobby Deerfield: Nobody's ever called me that before. A turtle.
Lillian Morelli: Perhaps you are the world's fastest turtle, but just the same, you are a ...
Lillian MorelliBobby Deerfield: turtle!
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Music by Carmen Lombardo and John Jacob Loeb
Words by Edward Heyman
Sung by Al Pacino and Marthe Keller
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A bit deep, but very good.
6 August 2002 | by (Lisburn, Northern Ireland) – See all my reviews

I must admit, I had heard of this film, but never got round to seeing it.

When I did, i just caught the start of it in time, flicking through channels for something to watch.

I was glad I did, as this was a really good film, not the usual hour and a half of rootin' tootin' and shootin' that Hollywood likes to push out from time to time, but a really good film, where the actors were the stars and not the special effects.

Pacino, as always was excellent, I like his sullen and silent roles, and there are few who carry this off better, I also like him when he talks, but in this film there were shades of Michael Corleone, not the menace, but the deepness.

Marthe Keller, the female lead, was ideal to counterpoint Pacino, he was dark, deep and thoughtful, and she was, witty, bright and a little bit off beat.

As for the storyline, a love story would almost cover it, but not quite.

The Motor racing angle is a hook, with a very small cameo from Bernie Ecclestone, Formula Ones supremo, it adds to the film but doesn't overtake it ( please pardon the pun!) but if you want a film with lots of race cars and aggression watch James Garner in Grand Prix instead.

This is well worth seeing, and I would recommend that you do.

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