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Grand Prix (1966)

Approved | | Drama, Sport | 21 December 1966 (USA)
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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.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Robert Alan Aurthur (screen story), Robert Alan Aurthur (screenplay)
Won 3 Oscars. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Pete Aron
Eva Marie Saint ... Louise Frederickson
Yves Montand ... Jean-Pierre Sarti
Toshirô Mifune ... Izo Yamura (as Toshiro Mifune)
Brian Bedford ... Scott Stoddard
Jessica Walter ... Pat
Antonio Sabato ... Nino Barlini (as Antonio Sabàto)
Françoise Hardy ... Lisa
Adolfo Celi ... Agostini Manetta
Claude Dauphin ... Hugo Simon
Enzo Fiermonte ... Guido
Geneviève Page ... Monique Delvaux-Sarti (as Genevieve Page)
Jack Watson ... Jeff Jordan
Donald O'Brien ... Wallace Bennett (as Donal O'Brien)
Jean Michaud Jean Michaud ... Children's Father
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Storyline

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. Written by Damian Penny <g0mb@unb.ca>

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An international cast of stars in a passionate adventure that races across Europe's glamorous capitals. Filmed in Monte Carlo, England, Belgium, Germany and Italy. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian | Japanese

Release Date:

21 December 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy verseny See more »

Filming Locations:

Farnborough Hall, Warwickshire See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

While all the male leads went through race car driving training, this was a special challenge for Brian Bedford and Antonio Sabato who had never driven any car before. See more »

Goofs

When Scott Stoddard's car crashes in the first Grand Prix race you can see a white tendril of smoke shooting out towards the car. This is the hydrogen pump used to propel the fake formula 1 car with a dummy in it to make the crash seem more realistic and should not be in the shot. See more »

Quotes

Agostini Manetta: The question is, Jean-Pierre, what are you doing to do about it?
Jean-Pierre Sarti: Do? I don't understand.
Agostini Manetta: The time for losing comes to every man, of course. I had not expected yours to come so soon.
Jean-Pierre Sarti: There have been problems with the car!
Agostini Manetta: Come, come, Sarti. I expect excuses like that from lesser men than you. You have been one of the best that ever lived, there is no question of that in my mind. Never a wrong move, concentration always there, 100 percent, till this woman.
Jean-Pierre Sarti: You have been misled, Sr. Manetta. Do ...
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Referenced in Ronin: Filming in the Fast Lane (1998) See more »

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A Technically Superb Film
12 April 2000 | by BikeBillSee all my reviews

I won't bore you with the plotline; you can get all that elsewhere. The main reason one should see this film is for the camera effects. And remember too -- these were all done the hard way; there was no computer imaging back in 1966!

If you get the chance to see this in a theater, DO NOT BE LATE!! The opening -- with the driver plugging his ears with cotton before putting on his helmet -- is aptly appropriate. The split-screen and multiple-image effects are first seen in the opening and crop up throughout the movie -- and always to good advantage, not just a "gee whiz, look what we can do" use of technique and technology. ESPN and the other networks, in their NASCAR telecasts, have just now started to adopt techniques first used by Frankenheimer 30-plus years ago.

One of the best scenes in the film is in the early minutes. You are actually *in* the cockpit of a F-1 car as it spins out of control, slides off the track, and launches itself into the harbor. I might add that this was *NOT* done with models, but used real, full-sized cars and took long hours to produce -- and these were truly "state-of-the-art" effects in 1966 (I won't give away the secrets here but will say that if you can locate a copy of the appropriate issue of "Popular Mechanics" [March 1966?] you will enjoy the article about the film and the techniques). The end result was about 15 seconds of some of the best racing footage committed to film. Needless to say, this is a very quick-running sequence!

I saw this picture in Cinerama in 1966, and I too echo the sentiment for a re-release of this picture to the large screen. More is the pity that Cinerama is no more. There are few pictures where Cinerama could be used to its fullest advantage; the in-car and on-track sequences of this film, however, were some of those.


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