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The Racers (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Sport | 24 May 1955 (Japan)
Follows the professional and personal life of race car driver Gino Borgesa (Douglas), as he struggles on the track and in his love life.


Henry Hathaway


Charles Kaufman, Hans Ruesch (novel)




Cast overview:
Kirk Douglas ... Gino Borgesa
Bella Darvi ... Nicole
Gilbert Roland ... Dell'Oro
Cesar Romero ... Carlos Chavez
Lee J. Cobb ... Maglio
Katy Jurado ... Maria Chávez
Charles Goldner Charles Goldner ... Piero, Mechanic
John Hudson ... Michel Caron
George Dolenz ... Count Salem
Agnès Laury Agnès Laury ... Toni
John Wengraf ... Dr. Tabor
Norbert Schiller ... Dehlgreen, the Photographer


Follows the professional and personal life of race car driver Gino Borgesa (Douglas), as he struggles on the track and in his love life.

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Theirs was a love that never looked back...never stopped for breath! See more »


Drama | Sport


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Third and final of Bella Darvi's Hollywood films, after which she continued her career in Europe. See more »


On the starting grid at the Nurburgring, one of the drivers looks to his left and waves at someone in the pits. The Pit area at the Nurburgring is on drivers' right. See more »


Opening Narrator: The playground of the world, Monte Carlo, is calling. The city of white villas, of sand and sea and gambling. This is how it looks once a year when even the roulette wheel seems to spin more slowly. This is how it looked on a Spring afternoon in the early fifties, the day before the annual race through its winding streets. As in every great sport, motor racing has its traditions and its heroes. As in bullfighting, the presence of death gives a special intensity to their lives. For these are the...
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Version of The 20th Century-Fox Hour: Men Against Speed (1956) See more »


I Belong To You
Music by Alex North
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Sung by Peggy Lee
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Poor Film
28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Racers, The (1955)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Extremely poor racing film about a hot shot driver (Kirk Douglas) who tries to woo a woman (Bella Darvi) while pissing everyone off. Think Champion and take away everything great and you end up with this movie, which is pretty bad from start to finish. I'm really not sure what the point of this thing was but I can say it's the worst Douglas picture that I've seen to date. A lot of the film has various racing scenes, which were boring but they were the best thing about the movie. There's some nice crashes and stunt work but all the dramatic stuff sandwiched between is just deadly dull, lifeless and pointless. Douglas really sleepwalks through his role and it's probably the worst I've ever seen him. I'm not sure what was up with Darvi but she is one of the worst actresses I've seen in a major picture. Her sexy routine was just dreadful. The supporting cast includes Cesar Romero and Lee J. Cobb but neither are given much to do. The film was shown with a 2.55:1 ratio but I had to see it in 2.35:1, which makes for some nice shots but there's no meat with those shots.

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Release Date:

24 May 1955 (Japan) See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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