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Weekend of a Champion (1972)

Filmmaker Roman Polanski spends a weekend with world champion driver Jackie Stewart as he attempts to win the 1971 Monaco Grand Prix, offering an extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers.

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Frank Simon, Roman Polanski (uncredited)

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Frank Simon
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jackie Stewart ... Himself
Roman Polanski ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Kelly ... Herself
Prince Rainier of Monaco Prince Rainier of Monaco ... Himself
Helen Stewart Helen Stewart ... Herself
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Filmmaker Roman Polanski spends a weekend with world champion driver Jackie Stewart as he attempts to win the 1971 Monaco Grand Prix, offering an extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers.

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The Woodstock of Car Racing

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1972 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Afternoon of a Champion See more »

Filming Locations:

Monaco See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,100, 22 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,100, 22 November 2013
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Anglo-EMI See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Actress Joan Collins only appears very briefly at one hour and seven minutes, at the Royal dinner given by the prince of Monaco and his wife Grace Kelly. See more »

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Great for F1 fans
28 January 2014 | by pfrank-4See all my reviews

This is a review of the 2012 version of this movie: It's great! If you know who Jackie Stewart is, and have a sense of his importance in the history of auto racing, you will totally enjoy this pic, because he talks in great detail about lots of aspects of F1 auto racing. There is a memorable sequence when he sits across a breakfast table with Polanski and discusses how to treat a motor car that is positively spiritual. We get to see in lots of detail the 1971 Monaco Grand Prix, including practice laps, driver shots, glamour hubbub, and the race itself from Stewart's viewpoint. We also see brief glimpses of various other competitors, famous drivers from the past (a fab moment with Fangio), and the Monaco Royalty giving out the prizes. Mostly done with hand-held, and pretty riveting for all that.

Then, in a final sequence shot in 2011, Stewart and Polanski get together again for a chat about how racing has changed. (And this is not a spoiler because the pic is a documentary!) Lots of discussion of safety, some footage of bad crashes, Stewart discusses his (lack of) formal education, in sum: 2 interesting oldsters reminiscing. In the rather slim genre of Formula 1 movies, this pic is among the best.


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