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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Lydia
Walter McGinn ...
The Brother
Van Doude ...
The Flutist
Gérard Hernandez ...
Carlos Del Montanaro
Stephan Meldegg ...
Karl Holtzmann
Norm Nielsen ...
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Romolo Valli ...
Uncle Luigi
Jaime Sánchez ...
Delvecchio (as Jaime Sanchez)
Mickey Knox ...
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Dorothy James ...
Tourist
Guido Alberti ...
Priest In The Garden
Monique Lejeune ...
Catherine Modave
Steve Gadler ...
Bertrand Modave
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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 <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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He had to meet her - to find himself!

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3 November 1977 (Netherlands)  »

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Um Momento, Uma Vida  »

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The name of the racing car brand-name that Bobby Deerfield (Al Pacino) raced under was "Martini Brabham". See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in El rediezcubrimiento de México (1979) See more »

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Red Sails In The Sunset
Music by Will Grosz (as Hugh Williams)
Words by Jimmy Kennedy
Sung by Al Pacino
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Compelling and original
10 July 2002 | by (Warwickshire, England) – See all my reviews

Bobby Deerfield is not your average romantic drama especially when compared to the recent phase of Rom-Com's sweeping the screens at the cinemas.

Firstly, Al Pacino is at his best, highly intense and more importantly convincing as a character to accept. This is not surprising as his two other significant films of that decade were the masterful The Godfather and Godfather Part II. There seems to be something compelling in his role in this film which i cannot grasp to identify to you. Maybe because his co-star heightens our interest by their exchange of witty dialogue although i would point towards his stern expressions and calm voice which can explode in his characters few moments of glory.

Secondly, this film is not for the mass popcorn audience, the direction is obtuse and could be compared to the 'Art film' style that we struggle to view at all in popular culture. This is were the 'original' element of my comment of Bobby Deerfield spurs from. It is the fact that the mass audience wouldn't know what to do with the arbitrary meanings revealed. It is usually clear cut in 'Hollywood'.

To finish up, the romance and the character sparring is worth the time of a person who wants to be inspired or possibly take something away from a film that will last longer than the time it takes to see it.


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