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The Great Race (1965)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 14 October 1965 (UK)
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A grand adventurous race takes place between the heroic Leslie and the despicable Professor Fate across three continents.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Arthur A. Ross (screenplay) (as Arthur Ross), Blake Edwards (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Professor Fate / Crown Prince Frederick Hoepnick
Tony Curtis ... The Great Leslie
Natalie Wood ... Maggie Dubois
Peter Falk ... Maximilian Meen
Keenan Wynn ... Hezekiah Sturdy
Arthur O'Connell ... Henry Goodbody
Vivian Vance ... Hester Goodbody
Dorothy Provine ... Lily Olay
Larry Storch ... Texas Jack
Ross Martin ... Baron Rolfe Von Stuppe
George Macready ... General Kuhster
Marvin Kaplan ... Frisbee
Hal Smith ... Mayor of Borracho
Denver Pyle ... Sheriff
William Bryant ... Baron's Guard (as Bill Bryant)
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Storyline

Professional daredevil and white-suited hero, The Great Leslie, convinces turn-of-the-century auto makers that a race from New York to Paris (westward across America, the Bering Straight and Russia) will help to promote automobile sales. Leslie's arch-rival, the mustached and black-attired Professor Fate vows to beat Leslie to the finish line in a car of Fate's own invention. Written by Jeanne Baker <jbaker@erim.org>

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Taglines:

New York to Paris via the Wild West, Alaska, Russia, the baronial halls of Europe, to the Eiffel Tower...with 1000 hair-raising adventures and 1001 roof-raising laughs along the way. From the producers of "My Fair Lady" in the same magnificent medium of Super Panavision "70" and Technicolor. Cost 14 Million Dollars to Make and for Laughs Alone Worth Every Cent of It. See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blake Edwards' The Great Race See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,333,333
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound System)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The actual Great Race winning car and trophy are on display in the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. The car is a 1907 Thomas Flyer and the trophy is a pyramid made with marble from each of the four countries that had cars entered in the race. See more »

Goofs

During the scene towards the beginning of the race where Professor Fate and Max put out their engine fire with the foamy fire extinguisher, the car in the background, which in a previous shot lost its wheels, now has the wheels reattached. See more »

Quotes

Max: [stumbling about in a blinding snowstorm] Professor, where are you?
Professor Fate: Behind the rock!
Max: Behind which rock?
[trips over Professor Fate]
Professor Fate: This rock, you idiot!
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros logo, opening credits, intermission and closing credits all appear in the form of a magic lantern slideshow (an early form of cinema), with each credit having a custom slide. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Great Race was licensed for showing in the Soviet Union in 1965. However, the whole episode where the race is going through Russia was cut. The Soviet authorities took it as a mockery of the 1908 Russian people. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Reptilicus (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

He Shouldn't-A, Hadn't-A, Oughtn't-A Swang on Me!
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by Dorothy Provine (uncredited)
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the best of everything!!!
11 February 2005 | by mcs66manorSee all my reviews

The best pie fight,bar room brawl,sword fight,comedic love story...wackiest villain...Saddened it's not mentioned as one of the greatest comedies ever or even mentioned as one of Jack Lemons greatest comedic roles.I'm guilty of quoting movie lines when the time is right and often quote from this movie. "Brandy,Brandy...","now you're using sex as a weapon..","RISE AND SHINE?","..now if you were the mens fencing champion...""NOW CAN I GET ME SOME FIGHTN' ROOM!" I can't believe Tony Curtis was a second choice to play "The Great Leslie".His all American do-gooder mentality is nauseatingly funny. Natalie Wood is beautiful and plays the ultimate suffragette. Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk are a fun duo as Leslies villainous rivals and truly set the tempo of the slapstick.Only Blake Edwards could have pulled off such an epic comedy.Who cares if the the drive around the world does'nt make sense.This movie is a true blue farce in every sense,nothing more and nothing less. Perfect casting and screenplay and the writers should be commended.


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