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Grand Prix

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Director: John Frankenheimer

Cast: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand


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There's a few million dollars' worth of star power and a nickel's worth of plot in the lavish race-car melodrama Grand Prix. Among the participants in this annual cross-continent competition are characters played by James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford, and Antonio Sabato. Interested parties include Toshiro Mifune (his voice dubbed by Paul Frees), Adolfo


There's a few million dollars' worth of star power and a nickel's worth of plot in the lavish race-car melodrama Grand Prix. Among the participants in this annual cross-continent competition are characters played by James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford, and Antonio Sabato. Interested parties include Toshiro Mifune (his voice dubbed by Paul Frees), Adolfo Celi, and Claude Dauphin, while the women who agonize on the sidelines include Eva Marie Saint, Jessica Walter, and Françoise Hardy. The racing sequences are top-rank, cleverly utilizing those 1960s devices of helicopter angles and multiple screens. Oscars went to editor Frederic Steinkamp (among others) and the sound-effects supervisor Franklin E. Milton. Filmed on location, Grand Prix made back its cost about half a week into its run.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Director John Frankenheimer, a Hollywood master of action and adventure films, vividly captures all the excitement of the Grand Prix auto racing circuit in this supercharged 1966 spectacular. James Garner portrays the principal American competitor, relentlessly focused on winning. Yves Montand plays a married French contestant who becomes attached to American divorcée Eva Marie Saint, while Brian Bedford turns in a memorable performance as a contender whose compulsion to ace the championship threatens to ruin his marriage to American actress-model Jessica Walter. Wisely, Frankenheimer imparts a semi-documentary quality to his depiction of the tension-filled races, breathtaking events that play out on Grand Prix courses throughout Europe and the U.S. He also successfully employs the split-screen technique to depict the simultaneous reactions of the principal drivers. The competition’s scope lends an epic feel of sorts to Grand Prix but it’s a tribute to Frankenheimer’s directorial ability that the drama inherent to the races doesn’t overwhelm the story’s human aspects, which focus on romantic entanglements of the principal competitors. A winner of three Academy Awards (for Sound, Editing, and Special Effects), this lengthy but fast-paced drama still holds up as rousing entertainment, especially for those with widescreen TVs that allow the film’s virtuosic cinematography and editing to shine.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although in no setting could Grand Prix be considered a masterpiece of the cinema, viewers fortunate enough to catch it on a widescreen in a movie house will get a great deal more enjoyment than those watching it at home. Clearly, Grand Prix is the kind of movie that loses a lot when shrunk from its Cinerama/Super Panavision origins. Lionel Lindon's exciting cinematography is thrilling, and the p.o.v. shots from the driver's seat are something to experience. Even more important is the superb work done by the four-man editing team, which is largely responsible for creating suspense and chills throughout and which plays the key role in pacing the entire film. Throw in further exceptional technical work from the sound department and a cast that mostly ranges from solid to pretty damn good, and it's hard to see how the movie could miss. But ultimately Grand Prix doesn't make it into the winner's circle, largely because of a terribly pedestrian screenplay and uneven work from the gifted director John Frankenheimer. Frankenheimer plays Grand Prix's racing scenes for all their worth, but he doesn't put nearly enough effort into the half-baked dramatics that play out between them. Even so, it's worth sitting through the overlong Grand Prix to experience the joyrides.

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Warner Home Video
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

5 roaringly in-depth featurette: ; Pushing the limit: The making of Grand Prix ; Flat out: Fomula 1 in the Sixties ; The Style and Sound of Speed; Brands hatch: Behind the checkered flag ; Grand Prix: Challenge of the champions ; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Garner Pete Aron
Eva Marie Saint Louise Frederickson
Yves Montand Jean-Pierre Sarti
Toshiro Mifune Izo Yamura
Brian Bedford Scott Stoddard
Jessica Walter Pat
Antonio Sabato Nino Barlini
Françoise Hardy Lisa
Adolfo Celi Agostini Manetta
Claude Dauphin Hugo Simon
Enzo Fiermonte Guido
Genevieve Page Monique Delvaux Sarti
Jack Watson Jeff Jordan
Donal O'Brien Wallace Bennett
Jean Michaud Children's father
Albert Remy Surgeon at Monte Carlo
Rachel Kempson Mrs. Stoddard
Ralph Michael Mr. Stoddard
Alan Fordney Sportcaster
Anthony Marsh Sportcaster
Phil Hill Tim Randolph
Graham Hill Bob Turner
Joakim Bonnier Actor
Jack Brabham Actor
John Bryson Photographer David
Evans Evans Mrs. Tim Randolph
Richie Ginther John Hogarth
Arthur Howard Claude
Bruce McLaren Douglas McClendon
Jim Russell Actor

Technical Credits
John Frankenheimer Director
Robert Alan Aurthur Original Story,Screenwriter
Henry Berman Editor
Joakim Bonnier Consultant/advisor
Gordon Daniel Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Lewis Producer
Richie Ginther Consultant/advisor
Guilaroff Giuliano Makeup
Sydney Guilaroff Costumes/Costume Designer,Makeup
William Hanley Screenwriter
Phil Hill Consultant/advisor
Maurice Jarre Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Giuliano Laurenti Makeup
Stu Linder Editor
Lionel Lindon Cinematographer
Alfio Meniconi Makeup
Milt Rice Special Effects
Frank Santillo Editor
Carroll Shelby Consultant/advisor
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
Richard Sylbert Production Designer


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Grand Prix 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No other "racing" film comes close to approaching Grand Prix, as the direction, cinematography, acting, and the story itself are head and shoulders above the rest. More so than any other movie, Grand Prix captures the intensity, glamour and tragedy of motorsports. I am certain that I am not alone in stating that this film was a major reason for my own dreams as a young boy to become a formula car racing driver, and though that effort ultimately failed, my life was made richer by having been so inspired. After you watch Grand Prix, if you don't understand why, I'll never be able to explain it. Having earned Enzo Ferrari's personal blessings, Grand Prix is simply epic!
TripOK More than 1 year ago
This movie was released in the 60's and when it was first released the theatre was packed. It had an Intermission,and a Recall to inform you when to return to the movie,that the Intermission was coming to an end. This movie just like Lemans put you in the Drivers Seat. If this came out in Blu-ray,the Effects Would bo ,"OUTSTANDING!" This Movie has Steve McQueen,and he did his own driving. As Must for Steve McQueen Fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Formula One World Cup racing at its best. Yes, its the 1960s, Lotus Fords, and so forth. But the filming is awesome, the cast terrific, and the mileu of international racing capured magnificently. Someone please get this classic on DVD!