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Director: John Frankenheimer     Starring: James Garner
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 220215738
UPC: 883929096855
UPC 14: 00883929096855
Rating: NR
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American grand prix driver pete aron is fired by his jordan-brm racing team after a crash at monaco that injures his british teammate, scott stoddard. While stoddard struggles to recover, aron begins to drive for the japanese yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with stoddard's estranged wife.
Editor's Note
GRAND PRIX is John Frankenheimer's film about the nine-leg world championship of Formula 1 auto racing, and stars James Garner as driver Pete Aron. During the opening race in Monaco, a collision sends Pete's car flying into the Monte Carlo harbor, and British driver Scott Stoddard (Brian Bedford) into a wall. While Pete survives unhurt, Scott may lose the use of his legs, and many hold Pete responsible. Jean-Pierre Sarti (Yves Montand), whose marital boredom has led to an affair with fashion editor Louse Frederickson (Eva-Marie Saint), wins the next race at Clermont-Ferrand. Afterwards Pete accepts the sponsorship of Japanese business magnate Izo Yamura (Toshiro Mifune), and begins to romance Stoddard's jaded young wife Pat (Jessica Walter). Pete wins the Belgian leg of the contest, but Sarti goes into a depression after skidding on a wet track and killing two children in a crash. After Pete also takes the German Grand Prix, Stoddard amazingly returns for the Dutch event, and, driving on sheer grit, pulls out a victory. He proves it's no fluke by also winning in Watkins Glen, N.Y. and in Mexico, making the championship competitive once again. Essentially a soap opera interspersed with racing footage, the film's existence was ascribed by Frankenheimer to his fascination with the sport and a desire to spend time in Europe. That said, the racing sequences are still among the most realistic ever put on film, jammed with wide-angle helicopter shots, you-are-there car-mounted cameras, and then-fashionable split-screen sequences. GRAND PRIX is a definitely a film or racing fans.
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Video Features Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/24/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 176 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1966
Video UPC UPC: 00883929096855
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Color Spec Video: Color
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Yves Montand
Video Cast Info Eva Marie Saint
Video Cast Info Enzo Fiermonte
Video Cast Info Toshirô Mifune
Video Cast Info Brian Bedford
Video Cast Info Adolfo Celi
Video Cast Info Jessica Walter
Video Cast Info Claude Dauphin
Video Cast Info Antonio Sabato
Video Cast Info James Garner
Video Cast Info Fredric Steinkamp - Editor
Video Cast Info Edward Lewis - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Alan Aurthur - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info William Hanley - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Sydney Guilaroff - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Milt Rice - Special Effects
Video Cast Info Lionel Lindon - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Maurice Jarre - Composer
Video Cast Info Richard Sylbert - Production Designer
Video Cast Info John Frankenheimer - Director

Professional Reviews

Premiere
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Containing the most exciting racing footage committed to a major motion picture, John Frankenheimer's GRAND PRIX strap you and its international cast into the driver's seat for a furious, adrenaline-fueled Cinerama experience." 11/01/2006 p.96

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he on-track stuff, as you'd expect from John Frankenheimer, is petrolhead heaven." 11/01/2006 p.131

Wall Street Journal
"Formula 1 in all its glory. Nothing before or since can match the spectacle of John Frankenheimer's race-car epic..." 08/12/2011

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