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by Ryan on 1/16/2007

Great movie, funny and a lot of fun to watch! It's very silly and long though. But still great to watch!

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Classic Comedy

on 12/29/2012

Jack Lemmon stars as Professor Fate and Tony Curtis portrays the Great Leslie, two daredevils in 1908, who enter a race to go from New York to Paris. Maggie DuBois [Natalie Wood] is a reporter/suffragette, who enters the contest herself so she can cover the race and prove that a woman can do a man's job. Peter Falk is excellent as Fate's sidekick, Max and it was also nice to see Vivian Vance, who plays Hester Goodbody.

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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 40167627
UPC 085391109129
UPC 14 00085391109129
Format DVD
Release Date 8/22/2006
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Name Lemmon,Jack
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Name Blake Edwards
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Cast & Crew
Arthur O'Connell - Actor
Jack Lemmon - Actor
Keenan Wynn - Actor
Tony Curtis - Actor
Vivian Vance - Actor
Natalie Wood - Actor
Peter Falk - Actor
Blake Edwards - Director
Russell Harlan - Director of Photography
Ralph E. Winters - Editor
Henry Mancini - Musical Score
Dick Crockett - Producer
Martin Jurow - Producer
Blake Edwards - Story By
Arthur A. Ross - Writer
Oscar (1966) Treg Brown, Winner, Best Effects, Sound Effects,Russell Harlan, Nominee, Best Cinematography, Color,Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer, Nominee, Best Music, Song ("The Sweetheart Tree")
Golden Globe (1966) Jack Lemmon, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical,Henry Mancini, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score,Johnny Mercer, Nominee, Best Original Song In A Motion Picture
Product Attributes
Actor Arthur O'Connell / Blake Edwards / Dorothy Provine / Jack Lemmon / Keenan Wynn / Larry Storch / Lemmon,Jack / Marvin Kaplan / Natalie Wood / Peter Falk / Ross Martin / Tony Curtis / Vivian Vance
Composer Henry Mancini
Director Blake Edwards / Russell Harlan
Label Warner Home Video
Video Format DVD

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