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The Great Race
The Great Race
Actors: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk, Keenan Wynn
Director: Blake Edwards
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts
UR     2002     2hr 40min

At the turn of the 20th century a host of colorful characters set out on a 20,000-mile auto race from New York to Paris, and hilarity ensues.

     

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Actors: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk, Keenan Wynn
Director: Blake Edwards
Creators: Russell Harlan, Blake Edwards, Ralph E. Winters, Dick Crockett, Martin Jurow, Arthur A. Ross
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Romantic Comedies, Classic Comedies, Blake Edwards, Jack Lemmon, Family Films, Musicals
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/04/2002
Original Release Date: 07/01/1965
Theatrical Release Date: 07/01/1965
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 2hr 40min
Screens: Color,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 39
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
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Member Movie Reviews

Katcha S. (Katcha) from FORT JONES, CA
Reviewed on 10/28/2015...
Very much a long time favorite and classic comedy that is also a satire on melodramas. Too many grin makers to count, one keeps happening right after the other. And the pie throwing scene has to be the BEST and most FUN to have been in that Hollywood EVER has made (or will either). My only disappointment with the dvd is that it is only in widescreen which reduces the detail too much. The old VHS version we had with its 'full screen' revamping was actually more fun to watch because character expression and details of costume, scenery etc. made it easier to follow and enjoy.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Julie R. from VANCOUVER, WA
Reviewed on 2/5/2014...
This is a classic with many hilarious, big-star actors and actresses in it! A family favorite, for sure.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Harald G. from WASHINGTON, IA
Reviewed on 10/19/2011...
This is an amazingly funny movie, with the best food fight I have ever seen in any movie.

Movie Reviews

Why isn't Blake Edwards given more credit..?
R. Gawlitta | Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA | 06/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The DVD version of "The Great Race" is long overdue. It's silly and fun; reunites Lemmon & Curtis; it's an homage to all the great slapstick that EVERYONE loves. What's wrong with having fun? I truly believe that Blake Edwards deserves more consideration that he's been given. Anyone remember "Operation Petticoat" or "The Pink Panther"? We're talking about a career of almost 50 years...and Hollywood doesn't take him seriously. Anyone remember "Victor/Victoria" or "That's Life"? How about "Breakfast at Tiffany's"? These are all films that are respected and admired, but Edwards seems to be on the back-burner when awards are handed out. It's a shame; Edwards has given us no more than pure entertainment, well-presented. His most nominated film is "The Great Race", so purely devoted to period detail, though it received no Oscar nominations for sets or costumes (it was nominated for Cinematography, Sound, Music, Song, Editing, and won for Sound Effects). Indeed, Mancini's score was gorgeous; the song, "The Sweetheart Tree" has become a standard/classic. The Oscar should have gone to Peter Falk. I saw this as a kid in its initial release, and, when I told my friends how much I liked it, my teenage peers told me how shallow I was, that I should see "The Pawnbroker" or "Ship of Fools". Well, for God's sake, I was a kid (and I did see and admire those films) but the pure, grand display of craziness that Blake Edwards presented to me has never been forgotten. I've gotten older, and have been subjected to a whole bunch of stuff in the meantime, and I've waited for the DVD release of "The Great Race". Let's not forget that Blake Edwards also directed "The Days of Wine and Roses" and "Experiment in Terror". He is not frivolous nor is he simple. He does crazy comedy as well as riveting drama. His comedies are wonderful, but none as totally overwhelming and enjoyable as "The Great Race". See and enjoy!!"
The lavish classic comes to DVD!
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 11/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"THE GREAT RACE is a lavishly-filmed comedy on the grandest scale. Director Blake Edwards' unmistakeable touch is all over this sprawling comedy about a long-winded race from New York to Paris, and is highlighted by Henry Mancini's delightful score.The Great Leslie (Tony Curtis) and Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon) challenge each other to win 'the great race', a foolish flight of fancy that will take them through the Wild West, fighting off polar bears in the Artic and thwarting Royal imposters in Europe.Coming along for the ride is feisty sufragette Maggie DuBois (Natalie Wood at her loveliest), and Fate's dimwitted assistant Max (Peter Falk). Watch the hopeless quartet as they attempt to win the greatest race of the century - with hilarious results!Featuring Vivian Vance and Dorothy Provine (as the sexy saloon singer Lily Olay). Henry Mancini's score includes "The Sweetheart Tree" and "He Shouldn't-a, Hadn't-a, Oughn't-a Swang on Me".The DVD presents the film in a wonderfully clean print, in its 2:35:1 cinema ratio, complete with the Overture, Intermission and Exit Music sequences. The soundtrack has been newly-remastered in dynamic 5.1 from the original session tapes.The DVD also includes a Making-of featurette and the trailer. (Single-sided, dual-layer disc)."