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The Great Race (1965)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 1 July 1965 (USA)
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A grand adventurous race takes place between the heroic Leslie and the despicable Professor Fate across three continents.

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(screenplay) (as Arthur Ross), (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 overview, first billed only:
... Professor Fate / Crown Prince Frederick Hoepnick
... The Great Leslie
... Maggie Dubois
... Maximilian Meen
... Hezekiah Sturdy
... Henry Goodbody
... Hester Goodbody
... Lily Olay
... Texas Jack
... Baron Rolfe Von Stuppe
... General Kuhster
... Frisbee
... Mayor of Borracho
... Sheriff
... 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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The movie with 20,000-mile or one-million-laughs guarantee! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »

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1 July 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blake Edwards' The Great Race  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,333,333
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| (DVD)

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(RCA Sound System)| (70 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both the Leslie Special and the Hannibal 8 are now owned by the Stahls Automotive Foundation and are on display in its museum in Chesterfield, Michigan. Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk have autographed the cars. See more »

Goofs

Just before Maggie Dubois sings "The Sweetheart Tree," Hezekiah is playing the guitar left handed. After he puts it down, Maggie picks it up and immediately begins playing right handed without re-stringing it. See more »

Quotes

Leslie: It's been my experience, General, that there is little advantage to winning if one wins too easily.
Prince Hapnik: Rah! Oh oh, rah! Oh rah! Oh rah ah ah! What do you think of that, General?
General: An admirable point of view, for anyone but a soldier. In my profession, to win is imperative. To win easily is a blessing.
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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 »

Connections

Spoofs Destry Rides Again (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

The Desert Song
(uncredited)
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II
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One of the most underrated movies of all time.
19 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I cannot believe that "The Great Race" did not make it on AFI's 100 Funniest Movies list (well, actually I CAN believe it, since those lists seem very messed up to me). In fact, it has not gotten nearly as much recognition as it deserves.

It is simply one of the funniest movies I have ever seen! The whole cast shines (especially Lemmon, who should have won an Oscar for Best Scene Stealer). Besides the great slapstick, there are a million subtle details that you don't notice unless you are really paying attention. This is why the movie is still great after several viewings: each time you watch it, you are bound to catch some little joke you didn't see before.

Everything about this movie cracks me up. The contrast in character between Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon is just great, the chemistry between the different characters is great, the movie parodies are great, the sets are great, the slapstick is great, and the dialogue is great. Even the MUSIC is funny... every time that goofy theme music for Professor Fate starts playing, I start laughing.

If you haven't seen this, I highly suggest you rent it. Yes, it is long, but it is one of the few comedies I have seen that keeps up the laughs consistently... it never sags or has dull moments. It is downright hilarious from start to finish.

And to top it all off, it has some very cool cars.


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