Bobby Deerfield (1977)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  3 November 1977 (Netherlands)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anny Duperey ...
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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He had to meet her - to find himself!


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

3 November 1977 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Um Momento, Uma Vida  »

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Background shots and second-unit photography for this picture was filmed at real 1976 Formula One races by Sydney Pollack and a camera crew spending many weekends in such European countries as Spain, France, England, Belgium and Monte Carlo. 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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Referenced in El rediezcubrimiento de México (1979) See more »


Red Sails In The Sunset
Music by Will Grosz (as Hugh Williams)
Words by Jimmy Kennedy
Sung by Al Pacino
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This movie is somewhat different to a regular Pacino movie
30 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie is hard to locate and seems to be a true lost gem. Both Al Pacino and Marthe Keller are true hedonists who fall in love. But there's more. Keller is dying of cancer and Pacino is a racing driver who lives for the adrenalin buzz of speed and excitement. Both get to realise the reason behind their own "Live for today" motivations. Keller is the society girl who falls in love with Pacino and their manic lifestyles compensate one another. A very poignant and truly touching movie which will bring a lump to your throat.

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