Grand Prix (Blu-ray)

Directed By: John Frankenheimer Starring: James Garner

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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 220215738
UPC 883929096855
UPC 14 00883929096855
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/24/2011
Rating NR
Personal Triumph
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Editors Note
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.
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
John Frankenheimer
James Garner
Cast & Crew
Yves Montand - Star
Eva Marie Saint - Star
Enzo Fiermonte - Star
Toshirô Mifune - Star
Brian Bedford - Star
Adolfo Celi - Star
Jessica Walter - Star
Claude Dauphin - Star
Antonio Sabato - Star
James Garner - Star
Fredric Steinkamp - Editor
Edward Lewis - Producer
Robert Alan Aurthur - Screenwriter
William Hanley - Screenwriter
Sydney Guilaroff - Costume Designer
Milt Rice - Special Effects
Lionel Lindon - Director of Photography
Maurice Jarre - Composer
Richard Sylbert - Production Designer
John Frankenheimer - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1966
UPC 00883929096855
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 176 minutes
Color Color
Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
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Video Format Blu-Ray

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