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Great Race, The (DVD)
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.
One of the great comedies of that era. All the principal comedians are at their best.Published 2 months ago by Marcel Larocque
F U N, FUN, FUN. They don't make movies like that anymore. They should.Published 9 months ago by teleloulou
Digital dropouts half way through this Blu-ray movie have spoiled my rating for this wonderful comedy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robert Asgeirsson
A very good film to watch for pure entertainment. Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk are wonderful as the dastardly duo trying to thwart Tony Curtis in a trans-continental auto race... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nostalgia Guy
Good movie - great sendup of the "knight" and damsel in distress. Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk as the baddies are just plain wonderful. Those cars are pretty glorious too. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ann Hadaway