The Great Race

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Tony Curtis stars as The Great Leslie, a hero among heroes whose purity of heart is manifested by his spotlessly white wardrobe. Leslie's great rival, played by Jack Lemmon, is Professor Fate, a scowling, mustachioed, top-hatted, black-garbed villain. Long envious of Leslie's record-setting accomplishments with airships and sea craft, Professor Fate schemes to win a 22,000-mile auto race from New York City to Paris by whatever insidious means possible. The problem is that Fate is his own worst enemy: each of his ...
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Overview

Tony Curtis stars as The Great Leslie, a hero among heroes whose purity of heart is manifested by his spotlessly white wardrobe. Leslie's great rival, played by Jack Lemmon, is Professor Fate, a scowling, mustachioed, top-hatted, black-garbed villain. Long envious of Leslie's record-setting accomplishments with airships and sea craft, Professor Fate schemes to win a 22,000-mile auto race from New York City to Paris by whatever insidious means possible. The problem is that Fate is his own worst enemy: each of his plans to remove Leslie from the running and from the face of the earth backfires. Leslie's own cross to bear is suffragette Maggie Dubois Natalie Wood, who also hopes to win the contest and thus strike a blow for feminism. The race takes all three contestants to the Wild West, the frozen wastes of Alaska, and, in the longest sequence, the mythical European kingdom of Carpania. This last-named country is the setting for a wild Prisoner of Zenda spoof involving Professor Fate and his look-alike, the foppish Carpanian king. When Leslie and Fate approach the finish line at the Eiffel Tower, Leslie deliberately loses to prove his love for Maggie. Professor Fate cannot stand winning under these circumstances, thus he demands that he and Leslie race back to New York. The supporting cast includes Peter Falk as Fate's long-suffering flunkey Max, Keenan Wynn as Leslie's faithful general factotum, Dorothy Provine as a brassy saloon singer, Larry Storch as ill-tempered bandit Texas Jack, and Ross Martin as Baron Von Stuppe. The film also yielded a hit song, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's "The Sweetheart Tree." The Great Race was dedicated to "Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2014
  • UPC: 888574077624
  • Original Release: 1965
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:40:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 2,928

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Lemmon Prof. Fate
Tony Curtis The Great Leslie
Natalie Wood Maggie DuBois
Peter Falk Max
Keenan Wynn Hezekiah
Arthur O'Connell Henry Goodbody
Vivian Vance Hester Goodbody
Dorothy Provine Lily Olay
Larry Storch Texas Jack
Ross Martin Baron Rolfe Von Stuppe
George Macready Gen. Kuhster
Marvin Kaplan Frisbee
Denver Pyle Sheriff
William Bryant Soldier
Ken Wales Soldier
Richard Alexander Extra
Greg Benedict
Paul Bryar Policeman
Blake Edwards
Charles Fredericks M.C.
Chuck Hayward Soldier
Clegg Hoyt Man
Frank Kreig Starter
Francis McDonald Russian
J. Edward McKinley Chairman
Joyce Nizzari Women in Western Scene
Joe Palma Conductor
Hal Riddle Baker
Johnny Silver
Paul Thatcher Smith Employee
John Truax Prison Guard
Art Stewart Man
Robert S. Carson Vice Chairman
Chester Hayes Man in Bear Suit
Hal Smith Lord Mayor
Technical Credits
Blake Edwards Director
Fernando Carrere Production Designer
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Martin Jurow Producer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Johnny Mercer Songwriter
Hermes Pan Choreography
Arthur A. Ross Screenwriter
Ralph Winters Editor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Thrill full of Laughs

    This movie is another hilarious comedy by the creator of the Pink Panther franchise; Blake Edwards. Putting the talents of Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wodd and Peter Falk is sure to make you roar with laughter each time you watch it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Edwards' epic salute to the great comedy classics sports a fine cast, witty script, and the expected comedy set-pieces suitable for the whole family.

    Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon (reteamed after Some Like It Hot) play it broad, fast and loose in this Black Edwards epic comedy. With an irresistible Natalie Wood as the girl reporter following their global motorcar race, this lengthy comedy tests endurance at times, but pays off in the end. Edwards has ample opportunity to show indulge in his visual comedy, his off-camera punchlines, and comic set pieces which have never been equalled. Spectacular wide-screen cinematogaphy, delightful Henry Mancini score, and first-rate support from Keenan Wynn, Arhtur O'Connell, Ross Martin and Vivian Vance all combine to make this a solid hit.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite All-Time Movie

    ''The Great Race'' - This has been my favorite movie for the last 16 years! There is so much slapstick humor in this movie that you have to pay attention or you might miss it. Jack Lemmon is a genious! I don't know how this cast held a straight face while filming!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Movie Has Everything!!!

    Cars, a bar brawl, sword fights, mistaken identities, romance, captures, escapes, good guys, bad guys, and even a pie fight. This movie is fun to watch no matter what your age! There is something for everyone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2002

    Great slapstick in the Great Race

    This has to be one of my favorite movies of all time. The cast is wonderful and working together, pull off this movie superbly. Jack Lemmon as the demented Professor Fate and his sidekick Max (Peter Falk) , do their best to derail anyone who gets in their way, Especially the Great Leslie, played by Tony Curtis. Natalie Woods is a reporter who covers the race and is also an entrant. Although a bit long near the end this movie is one worth watching. One I consider an unsung comedy classic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    Greatest Comedy Ever

    One of the greatest comedies ever made. Jack Lemmon is superb and even after seeing the movie more than six times, I roll over in laughter. Superb.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    Too much fun! Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk are the bumbling, funn

    Too much fun! Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk are the bumbling, funny villians. Tony Curtis is the dashing in white hero and Natalie Wood is the heroine! Best pie fight in film, and full of stars in cameo roles with tongue in cheek salutes to some older movies, this is a most enjoyable film! "Push the buttom, Max!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Race DVD a must for Great Race fans.

    The Great Race on DVD brings out the color and clarity of one of the funniest movies ever made. It is unfortunate that the soundtrack for the opening credits is out of sync for the english part of the DVD (the audience boos at the Great Leslie and applauds Prof. Fate). If you watch the french part of the DVD opening credits soundtrack is in sync. The opening credits are also missing the original first 13 seconds of the film which showed the film ''leader'' (this confused many a projectionist when the film was first released, to see the first reel with two ''leaders''. This must have also confused the technicians when they burned the master DVD). If these flaws were corrected, I would rate this DVD 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2001

    Rulezzzzzzz

    Professor Fate Rulezzz...Jack Lemmon is IMMORTAL..and this is one of the best movies any one can see..largest amount of easter egg jokes...

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