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Great Race (1965)

Director: Blake Edwards     Starring: Jack Lemmon Tony Curtis
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40167627
UPC: 085391109129
UPC 14: 00085391109129
Rating: NR
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The movie with the 20,000-mile or one-million-laugh guarantee!
Crank your engines! With a roar, sputter and pop (and more Academy award-winning Best Sound Effects), drivers wheel westward in wacky turn-of-the-century autos for a New York-to-Paris race. Ahead lie 20,000 miles, a barroom brawl, a sinking iceberg, 2,357 pies in the face and incalculable fights. Blake Edwards turns a marvelous cast loose on a round-the-world highway booby-trapped by some of the funniest screen gags ever. Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk are nasty Professor Fate and his dim henchman Max. Tony Curtis is their good-guy nemesis, the Great Leslie. And Natalie Wood is cheroot-puffing suffragette reporter Maggie DuBois. Zestily scored by Henry Mancini and ravishing in a new digital transfer with revitalized digital audio from restored elements, The Great Race is great fun!
Editor's Note
A tribute to masters of slapstick Laurel and Hardy, Blake Edwards's spectacular farce stars Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood. In 1908 New York, the evil, black-clad Professor Fate (Lemmon) challenges the Great Leslie (Curtis), a heroic daredevil who wears only white, to a 22,000-mile New York-to-Paris race. As the race gets under way, Fate eliminates all the other contestants through nefarious means except for feminist Maggie Dubois (Wood). But when her car breaks down on its own, she's forced to ride with Leslie, who has his hands full trying to avoid being obliterated by the artillery-laden Hannibal 8 that carries Fate. After getting into a brawl in the wild West and riding an ice floe across the Bering Strait to Siberia, Fate kidnaps Maggie, and the racing teams make an extended soujourn in Carpania as Edwards parodies THE PRISONER OF ZENDA. Then the dastardly Baron von Shtuppe (Ross Martin) tries to take advantage of Fate's resemblance to their ruler, Prince Hapnick, to start a revolution. This enjoyable, out-of-control spectacle, loaded with hysterical sight gags and routines from the silent comedy era, features good work from Lemmon, Martin, and Peter Falk as Fate's henchman, Max. The film was the basis for the WACKY RACES animated children's series.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/22/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 160 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1965
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 11091
Video UPC UPC: 00085391109129
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Arthur O'Connell
Video Cast Info Jack Lemmon
Video Cast Info Keenan Wynn
Video Cast Info Tony Curtis
Video Cast Info Vivian Vance
Video Cast Info Natalie Wood
Video Cast Info Peter Falk
Video Cast Info Blake Edwards - Director
Video Cast Info Russell Harlan - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Ralph E. Winters - Editor
Video Cast Info Henry Mancini - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Dick Crockett - Producer
Video Cast Info Martin Jurow - Producer
Video Cast Info Blake Edwards - Story By
Video Cast Info Arthur A. Ross - Writer
Plot Summary
THE GREAT RACE is a Blake Edwards period comedy about a transcontinental auto race with a raft of memorable characters. Along the way, the racers encounter a polar bear, get into saloon brawls, challenge each other to duels, and have a colossal pie fight.


Oscar (1966)
Video Award Name Treg Brown, Winner, Best Effects, Sound Effects
   Video Award Name Russell Harlan, Nominee, Best Cinematography, Color
   Video Award Name Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer, Nominee, Best Music, Song ("The Sweetheart Tree")

Golden Globe (1966)
   Video Award Name Jack Lemmon, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
   Video Award Name Henry Mancini, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score
   Video Award Name Johnny Mercer, Nominee, Best Original Song In A Motion Picture

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Lemmon,Jack
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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