The Great Race (Widescreen)
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Director Blake Edwards, fresh from the success of the first two Pink Panther movies, indulged his love of classic slapstick comedy with this long free-for-all, which throws in everything but Laurel and Hardy's kitchen sink. The film reunites Some Like It Hot stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, ably aided by a spunky Natalie Wood. The subject is a New-York-to-Paris auto race in the early years of the 20th century, pitting the Great Leslie (Curtis), a goody-goody dressed all in white--even his teeth sparkle--against the malevolent Professor Fate (Lemmon), whose coal-black heart is reflected in his handlebar mustache. He looks like a bill collector from a silent- movie melodrama. Lemmon does double duty, also playing the pampered, drunken king of a small European country, whose laugh sounds like the wail of a cat in heat. The film may be too long for its own good, and you really have to love Jack Lemmon to put up with his over-the-top performance, but it's side-splitting in spots. It's one of those movies, if seen in childhood, that stays in your mind for years afterward. Some of the bigger routines, such as a pie fight of epic proportions, don't work as well as the simple chemistry between the perpetually exasperated Professor Fate and his much-abused assistant, Max (a terrific Peter Falk). Push the button, Max. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Crank your engines! With a roar, a splutter and a pop (and more Academy Award® winning Best Sound Effects), and see drivers wheel westward in a wacky turn-of-the-century automobiles for a New York-to-Paris race (westward across America, the Bering Strait and Russia). Ahead lies 20,000 miles, a barroom brawl, a sinking iceberg, 2,357 pies in the face and incalculable laughs.
Blake Edwards turns a marvellous cast loose, on a round-the-world highway booby-trapped by some of the funniest gags ever. Jack Lemon and Peter Falk are nasty Professor Fate and his dim henchman Max. Tony Curtis is their good-guy nemesis The Great Leslie. And Natalie Wood is a cheroot-puffing suffragette reporter Maggie DeBois. All scored to the music of four-time Academy Award-winning composer Henry Mancini. And ravishingly brought to you in a brand new digital transfer, plus a revitalised digital audio from restored elements. ‘The Great Race’ is great fun!
FILM FACT: ‘The Great Race’ won an Academy Award® Oscar for Best Sound Effects for George Groves and was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Song "The Sweetheart Tree" with music written by Henry Mancini. ‘The Great Race’ was also nominated for the Golden Globe® Awards for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy and Best Actor, Musical or Comedy for Jack Lemmon. At the 4th Moscow International Film Festival, the film won the Silver Prize.Read more ›
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One of the movie's several charms is that it draws heavily from Victorian cliches that still linger in the public mind, gives them a gentle comic spin, and then drops them into the tale of an early 1900s auto race from New York to Paris by way of Siberia. Add to this a heap of favorite character actors, a big budget, flamboyant period costumes, and the biggest pie fight ever filmed, and you have a movie where there is always something to enjoy on the screen.
The great thing about THE GREAT RACE are the performances, which are very broad but endowed with a sly humor. The comedy accolades here go to Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk as the notorious Dr. Fate and his bumbling sidekick Max--wonderful bits of acting that will have you hooting with laughter in every scene--and Dorothy Provine scores memorably in a cameo as Lily Olay, the bombshell singer who presides over the most rootin'-tootin' saloon this side of the Pecos.
But every one, from Tony Curtis and the lovely Natalie Wood down to such cameo performers as Vivian Vance, get in plenty of comic chops as the film drifts from one outrageous episode to another: suffergettes crowding a newspaper, the biggest western brawl imaginable, polar bears, explosions, daredevil antics, and a subplot lifted from THE PRISONER OF ZENDA agreeably crowd in upon each other. True, the film does seem over-long and may drag a bit in spots, but it never drags for very long, and it's all in good fun--and the production values and memorable score easily tide over the bare spots.Read more ›
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I remembered watching this years ago, so the story was not new. As a first view, I think it rates higher than most, based on the length of story, and the great picture settings,... Read morePublished 2 days ago by H Taylor
Disc arrived in good shape and on time.
Lots of funny instances.
Fun for the whole family.
I would recommend it.
One of the great comedies of that era. All the principal comedians are at their best.Published 4 months ago by Marcel Larocque
F U N, FUN, FUN. They don't make movies like that anymore. They should.Published 11 months ago by teleloulou
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