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The Great Race

4.8 15
Director: Blake Edwards

Cast: Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood


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Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis are bitter rivals in director Blake Edwards' hilarious road comedy The Great Race. Warner's work on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is stunning. With rich textures and dark black levels, this transfer appears to be a stunningly great reproduction of the original print. While a few slight instances of dirt and edge


Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis are bitter rivals in director Blake Edwards' hilarious road comedy The Great Race. Warner's work on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is stunning. With rich textures and dark black levels, this transfer appears to be a stunningly great reproduction of the original print. While a few slight instances of dirt and edge enhancement abound, overall this is a very pleasing image that will surely please fans. The soundtrack is presented in a newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround mix in English. While the film's age means a lack of directional effects, overall this new soundtrack is a very welcome addition to the disc. No excessive distortion or hiss is heard in any of the dialogue, music, or effects. Also included on this disc is a French Dolby Mono soundtrack, as well as Spanish, English, French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, and Portuguese subtitles. The extra features on The Great Race are small but entertaining -- included on this disc is a very funny and strange "behind-the-scenes" documentary from the 1960s (which features a hearty voice-over actor commenting on what's going on), some cast and crew highlights, and an anamorphic widescreen theatrical trailer for the film.

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Barnes & Noble - Bruce Kluger
With S.O.B., Victor/Victoria and the Pink Panther series, director Blake Edwards perfected the craft of extracting the ridiculous from the sublime, while managing to throw in a healthy dose of slapstick in the process. The Great Race was no exception to this winning formula, as Edwards assembled an all-star cast and a fast-paced script to create a textbook model of the big-screen comedy adventure. As a story, the movie skewers a real bit of history -- the turn-of-the-century automobile contests that were as emblematic of the times as bowler hats and bustles. In the film, do-gooder Tony Curtis (his pearly whites reflecting the sun's rays like diamonds) faces off against nefarious Jack Lemmon in a 22,000-mile auto race from New York to Paris (you read that right). Add to the mix a third driver, Natalie Wood as a suffragette out to prove that women can press the pedal to the metal like any man, and you've got a two-and-a-half-hour joyride that can stand among the big-screen spectaculars of the era. (The film arrived in theaters in 1965, only two years after It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and the same year as Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines.) In fact, just as you're thinking that Edwards has loaded up the film with everything but a free-for-all pie fight -- alas, one breaks out! And like everything else in this old-fashioned romp of a movie, it's joyfully over the top.

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

All-new 2001 digital transfer; Soundtrack newly restored and remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; "Behind the Scenes With Blake Edwards' The Great Race"; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Cast/filmmaker film highlights; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Português, Japanese, Chinese, Thai & Korean

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 Actor
Paul Bryar Policeman
Blake Edwards Actor
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 Actor
Paul 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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Overture [3:44]
2. Credits [2:55]
3. Balloon Basket Cases [3:36]
4. Not Far Enough Up [3:04]
5. Loudest Engine [2:28]
6. Highly Off Track [2:31]
7. Fate's Challenge [2:39]
8. Bombs Away...Not [2:36]
9. Push the Button, Max [2:19]
10. Emancipated Maggie [3:59]
11. Ups and Downs [2:53]
12. Champagne and Swordplay [4:54]
13. Maggie at Fate's Gates [4:31]
14. New Entrant [3:13]
15. Too Much Sabotage [5:45]
16. Frisbee Gets the Bird [1:47]
17. Hitchers and Indians [4:19]
18. Guests of Honor [2:59]
19. He Shouldn't-a, Hadn't-a, Oughtn't-a Swang on Me [5:07]
20. Texas Jack [5:44]
21. The Gas and the Girl [5:31]
22. Women's Wiles [5:04]
23. Double-Parked [3:33]
24. Close Quarters [2:55]
25. Rise and Swim; Intermission [1:59]
26. Entr'Acte [1:44]
27. Four on a Floe [4:47]
28. Kidnapped [3:51]
29. No Beads for the Russians [3:48]
30. Potzdorf [3:33]
31. Familiar Face [3:56]
32. Prince Hapnik [2:57]
33. Tucking in the Prince [4:15]
34. Fate's New Role [4:36]
35. Escaped With a Chicken? [3:56]
36. Invading the Castle [5:32]
37. Leslie vs. the Baron [4:20]
38. The Jig Is Up [3:31]
39. Pies Everywhere [4:56]
40. Emancipated Pair [3:36]
41. Paris [3:39]
42. The Winner [2:34]
43. Tumbling Down; Cast List [2:02]
44. Exit Music [1:51]


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The Great Race 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
LanceT More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Schmooby-Doo More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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...