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Comedy about an early 20th century car race across three continents. Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 08/22/2006 Starring: Jack Lemmon Natalie Wood Run time: 150 minutes Rating: Nr Director: Blake Edwards
Director Blake Edwards, fresh from the success of the first two Pink Panther movies, indulged his love of classic slapstick comedy with this long free-for-all, which throws in everything but Laurel and Hardy's kitchen sink. The film reunites Some Like It Hot stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, ably aided by a spunky Natalie Wood. The subject is a New-York-to-Paris auto race in the early years of the 20th century, pitting the Great Leslie (Curtis), a goody-goody dressed all in white--even his teeth sparkle--against the malevolent Professor Fate (Lemmon), whose coal-black heart is reflected in his handlebar mustache. He looks like a bill collector from a silent- movie melodrama. Lemmon does double duty, also playing the pampered, drunken king of a small European country, whose laugh sounds like the wail of a cat in heat. The film may be too long for its own good, and you really have to love Jack Lemmon to put up with his over-the-top performance, but it's side-splitting in spots. It's one of those movies, if seen in childhood, that stays in your mind for years afterward. Some of the bigger routines, such as a pie fight of epic proportions, don't work as well as the simple chemistry between the perpetually exasperated Professor Fate and his much-abused assistant, Max (a terrific Peter Falk). Push the button, Max. --Robert Horton
- The Great Race
A classic comedy movie with many great stars of the day. Adventure and comedy combined. Jack Lemmon plays an ecellent villian. While Tony Curtis potrays the noble and honest car racer. Natalie Wood brings spice and laughter to her character of the emerging importance of women rights. Peter Falk makes a great assistant(funny also)to the evil plans of Jack Lemmon....more info
- Classic that still holds today
I saw this film first when I was a kid, back in the 60's. And I liked it very much then, and still do.
It is fun, great actors, good story. And a kind of film you can see over and over again, even if you know exactly what will come.
Now I have kids of my own, they are 14 and 12 today, and we have seen this film since they where very young, on a old VHS recorded from TV
I was very happy when I found it on DVD.
I will certainly recommend this film to others. It is a bit of conrtrast to todays modern movies.
- Best farce movie of this decade
I loved this movie when it was first released and I always have a DVD copy with me in my house. My kids and grandkids love it. The Henry Mancini music is great and the over the top acting is a visual and audible treat. Every movie gag is in this movie and in my family we all know them by heart. More Pies!!...more info
- A Classic Forever
I loved this movie as a child and my kids love it now. An all time classic that never gets old. Buy it and enjoy....more info
- Can you say CLASSIC?
This movie is indeed a CLASSIC! Jack Lemmon is wonderful in all he does! The two characters he plays in this movie, are incredibly well done. They are night and day, and very diverse! I wont ever get tired of watching this movie. It has lots of antics, and funny situations. You cant help but laugh a lot. I am glad I finally purchased it, for it is a movie I can watch again and again! A True Classic movie in its own right! You cant help but love this movie! ...more info
- The Great Race
A classic for all time and all ages. The very best of the 1960 comedies. Jack Lemon is at his comedic best as the dastardly professor and want to be Great Lesley. At the brunt of nearly every laugh it is a performance you will never forget. This classic stands up refreshingly well against today's comedies. While not as sophisticated and smart as today's films it has that timeless old style good/white/clean and noble vs. bad/black/dirty and dishonest. The old style innocence and lavish styling on this movie make it a winner across the board, something for everyone old or young with the pi¨¨ce de r¨¦sistance --- the biggest pie fight ever filmed! A worthy addition to any collection and a sure fire winner when it is rerun night for America's funniest videos...more info
- The Great Race
The second pairing of Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon is a good, funny movie but not quite up to the level of their first, Some Like It Hot. Tony Curtis is our hero, The Great Leslie, dressed in white, teeth gleaming, never dirty. Jack Lemmon is our villain, Professor Fate, dressed in black, always scheming, always failing hilariously. Natalie Wood is our heroine, Maggie Dubois, lovely, emancipated & sexy. Our supporting cast has Peter Falk, Max Meen, Professor Fate's henchman, dumb & prone to failure; & we have Keenan Wynn, Hezekiah, The Great Leslie's assistant, loyal & obedient.
Does this all sound trite, hackneyed & done before? Possible, but never done with tongue so much into cheek. Lemmon actually has two roles, Professor Fate & Prince Hapnick, the latter being an exact look alike (different mustache), a drunk & more inept than Max. These two characters are involved in a minor subplot where Gen. Kuhster (George Macready) has them switched so that the Prince will abdicate & make him Chancellor of Potzdorf.
This movie pays homage to the history of Hollywood & its films. There are touches of the Keystone Cops, Robin Hood, Dick Dastardly, a western barroom brawl & many more. The sword duel between The great Leslie & Baron Von Stuppe (Ross Martin) is lifted directly from The Adventures of Robin Hood, even to the point of showing the shadows only dueling. One can even see some of the Roadrunner & Wile E. Coyote in the film. Jack Lemmon is completely over the top as Professor Fate, in fact, all the characters in the movies are caricatures, complete exaggerations of the real thing.
The movie is directed by Blake Edwards, one of Hollywood's most versatile directors who had a knack for comedy. His list of credits include acting ,writing, producing & directing. His directing credits include: Operation Petticoat, Breakfast at Tiffanys, The Pink Panther & most sequels & The Wild Rovers. His passion for comedy & Hollywood's history is very apparent, including the pie fight scene (a la Three Stooges) near the end of the movie. EVERYONE gets hit with a pie including Natalie Wood. Through it all The Great Leslie remains spotless, the pies are flying fast & furious & yet he doesn't even get a ricochet crumb. Well, that is, he finally gets one in the face at the end of the scene.
The film is actually done in two parts, there is an intermission. The first half of the film is mostly farce, the second half is more like a traditional costume adventure movie, though the pie fight scene reverts the movie to a farce. The only complaint I have is that the movie is too long, it clocks in at 160 minutes. The movie has been beautifully remastered, there are subtitles in eight languages & a behind the scenes documentary....more info
- Sound error fixed
The Great Race
The sound sync error mentioned in earlier reviews here and elsewhere online were apparently fixed at some point. Specifically, the alternating cheers and boos for Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon during the opening credits are correctly placed on the copy I just received from Amazon....more info
- Classically Entertaining
This is one of my favorite classic movies. This is a very funny and interesting way to see the world and relationships grow between men and women, and even enemies. So many places and people bring this film together in classical style I'm so glad that it was made before big time computer generated action. The Great Race is clean and stylish from the language to the costumes....more info
- Not So Great
In theory I should have loved this Blake Edwards film. I'm a big fan of slapstick comedy. And I understand what type of movie Edwards was trying to make but "The Great Race" seems to be too many things at once. And that hurts it.
The first half hour or so of the film reminds me of the wilde coyotte/road runner cartoons. We see Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon) try out his inventions just to see them one by one fail. The opening scenes are built around a single joke at the end. It's set-up punchline, set-up punchline, set-up punchline. And this goes on for a half hour. That's wasted film. They didn't have to show us the same thing over and over. We're smart, we get the picture. We understand who these characters are from the very beginning. Because we know what Edwards is doing. Tony Curtis (The Great Leslie) is the hero. How do we know? Because he wears white, women like him and when he smiles his teeth sparkle. Jack Lemmon is the villian. How do we know? Because he wears black and has a mustache. Remember all the villians in those 1920 comedies always had a mustache. So it's all very easy.
I going to let you in on a little secret, but you have to promise not to tell anyone. I'm actually not a big Blake Edwards fan. You may find this odd but I find that I enjoy his more serious films more. I think "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a great film. I enjoy "Days of Wine & Roses", and I like "Victor\Victoria". This is a comedy I suppose but I always think of it more so as a musical. I never really had too much with his "Pink Panther" movies. I enjoyed the first two "A Shot in the Dark" and "The Pink Panther" but I think Edwards made too many sequels. He tried his hardest to cash in. I don't like "A Fine Mess" or "Switch" either. So I guess I'm not the right audience for this movie.
"The Great Race" starts off with a caption "For Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy" is those names mean nothing to you, you too are no the right audience for this movie. As I first started watching the movie I wonder how is this even related to Laurel & Hardy's comedy. Then I noticed Lemmon and Peter Falk (Lemmon's trusted sidekick Max) are Laurel & Hardy.
As I said "The Great Race" wants to be too many things at once. It wants to be a slapstick comedy\adventure\romance and I think if they had more time secretly it also wants to be a musical. Edwards has too much on his plate. The movie never quite sets a proper tone. And I have to admit, no matter how mad people get, I didn't find the movie all that funny.
But this is not to say the movie is a complete dud. It's not. I like Lemmon's performance as Prince Hapnik. It's a little over the top, and too cartoonish, but in a movie like this he fits right in. I also enjoyed Natalie Woods' performance, who spends much of the second half of the film in her underwear (wink, wink). And if you're going to make an old-fashion comedy like this you just gotta have a great pie fight. And I like the score by Henry Mancini, who's music is always pleasing. But that about does it.
I see I'm the odd man out here, everyone seems to like this movie. But if I went along with the parade I wouldn't be honest with myself. I'm simply think the movie is too long, not funny, and tries to do too many things at once. I don't hate this movie, but I don't like it either. I'm sort of in the middle of the road.
Bottom-line: Not a very funny Blake Edwards comedy. Goes on way too long and combines too many different genre without setting a proper place. One of the best things about the film is Natalie Woods in her undies....more info
- "Push the Button, Max!!!"
This movie is to modern slapstick what "Dr Strangelove" is to black comedy. It virtually defines the genre. It's got everything, and owes a little something to many, ranging from Laurel & Hardy to Rocky the Flying Squirrel. The endless attempts of Professor Fate to foil the Great Leslie belong to the ages, and we cheer as Leslie adroitly turns aside each attempt. Until, near the end (spoiler coming up!) the Great Leslie finally gets his in the greatest pie fight in the history of cinema. Worth watching over and over, I have the VHS and have just ordered the widescreen DVD....more info
- A Big Ole Moose Butt
A classically structured old time villian vs the good guy film, with the obligatory sidekicks and the beautiful love interest, who will eventually succumb to the charms of The hero. More about that later. OK, the stereotypes are there, but that's what the movie was about. Charging from the gate with the player piano, boos and hiss when the cast boards are shown, the movie brings the viewer up to speed very fast with humor and great slapstick. Following a PR auto race in the early days of the 20th century, the film follows the main characters through the landscape of the US and Europe. Sight gags abound and the scenery is often breathtaking. The plot is easy to follow and it's good fun. For the movie fan who doesn't want to disect a movies' every nuance, this is especially fun and worth seeing time and again. The characters will keep you laughing long after the soundtrack has ended,. I would comment more on the plot, but nearly 100 people already handled that - look, just take a chance on it. It's great fun....more info
- The Great Race is a Classic Comedic Thrill Ride!
This 1965 classic comedy by Blake Edwards is fantastic. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis were at the top of their forms in this melodrama. Curtis plays The Great Leslie, the hero, and Jack Lemmon plays Prof. Fate, the villain. Natalie Wood and Peter Falk have many great moments respectively as the heroine and the villain's sidekick. Prof. Fate and Leslie have a car race from New York to Paris to prove who is better. The cars and stunts are great. The film also includes the largest pie fight ever staged. It's all in good fun and great for kids to watch as well....more info
- Dashing hero, dastardly villain, beautiful lady
My family (children and grandchildren) have worn out a VHS of this movie, so I purchased the DVD for my grandkids to enjoy. Natalie Wood is delightful! Delivery service was great - and prompt!...more info
- A lot of fun, but not what it should have been.
Epics were in vogue in the Sixties, and even the early Seventies(although I can't really see a hippie watching any of them), and it was only natural that comedies would get the "big" bug. IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD and THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL make up two of the big three. The other is THE GREAT RACE, Blake Edward's 159 minute slapstick excursion, restored on DVD in complete roadshow fashion, with overture, intermission, entr'acte, and exit music. And yet, for a film of this type, it is less about the race than about the rivalry between Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon) and the Great Leslie (Tony Curtis). There is precious little racing, and though the film is far from boring and has much going for it (the finale to Part One is brilliant) one can't help but wonder what it would have been like if the other entries in the race regrouped after being snuffed out and made their mad dashes for the forefront. That would make it THE GREAT RACE. Also, the lack of other challenge leaves a depressing side effect; the film seems mildly unfinished and undernourished, like 2 hours and 40 minutes of a 3 plus hour movie. And yet, the film has so much going for it that to ignore it is rather unfair. What there is (I should note that due to the previously noted flaws, the chapters on the disc make it a more pleasing experience) is very well made, and one can appreciate what they put into it.
If only they put more.
Jamie Teller...more info
- An all time classic
An excellent film which never loses it's appeal. Although stated as a Region 1 I am from the UK (region 2) and it played perfectly. Extremely good picture and sound quality.
If you have never seen this film you are missing out on one of the most hilarious sequences ever filmed....more info
- Nostalgic Comfort Viewing Perfect for a Family Night
THE GREAT RACE may not be a masterpiece--but it is a perfect choice for a cold and rainy night: stylish, frothy, and often flatly hilarious, it makes for "comfort viewing" at its best.
One of the movie's several charms is that it draws heavily from Victorian cliches that still linger in the public mind, gives them a gentle comic spin, and then drops them into the tale of an early 1900s auto race from New York to Paris by way of Siberia. Add to this a heap of favorite character actors, a big budget, flamboyant period costumes, and the biggest pie fight ever filmed, and you have a movie where there is always something to enjoy on the screen.
The great thing about THE GREAT RACE are the performances, which are very broad but endowed with a sly humor. The comedy accolades here go to Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk as the notorious Dr. Fate and his bumbling sidekick Max--wonderful bits of acting that will have you hooting with laughter in every scene--and Dorothy Provine scores memorably in a cameo as Lily Olay, the bombshell singer who presides over the most rootin'-tootin' saloon this side of the Pecos.
But every one, from Tony Curtis and the lovely Natalie Wood down to such cameo performers as Vivian Vance, get in plenty of comic chops as the film drifts from one outrageous episode to another: suffergettes crowding a newspaper, the biggest western brawl imaginable, polar bears, explosions, daredevil antics, and a subplot lifted from THE PRISONER OF ZENDA agreeably crowd in upon each other. True, the film does seem over-long and may drag a bit in spots, but it never drags for very long, and it's all in good fun--and the production values and memorable score easily tide over the bare spots.
The DVD bonuses aren't anything to write home about, and the film has not been restored per se--the color seems a bit faded here and there--but the print is remarkably clean and the widescreen format is an essential. This would be an excellent selection for a family movie night--or for any evening when you're alone and feeling a bit blue. Break out the popcorn, curl up on you sofa, and... as Dr. Fate would say... "Push the button, Max!"
GFT, Amazon Reviewer...more info
- Be Careful you Idiot or you'll blow us all to kingdom come!
This movie starring Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis is a reflection of the MAD magazine "Spy vs. Spy", wherein the constant daredevil antics of "The Great Leslie" are played out with attempts to foil by Jack Lemmon as "Professor Fate". It is turn of the century madness where invention and challenge were the entertainments of the era. Lemmon will have you laughing with his eccentric behavior and constant harassment of his sidekick Max, which my son has compared to two kids playing at imaginary adventures inside a clubhouse,as he pits himself as a perennial loser against the perfectionist performance of Tony Curtis as our purified hero. There are added attractions such as Natalie Wood and a great supporting cast including Ross Martin as the Baron. The film attempts to re-create the colorfulness of 1900 in the scenery and travels the globe in the process respective to the film's plot of a world circling auto race during the time of automobile infancy. The film has a good musical score, lots of gags and is very entertaining and clean fun for children (of all ages). Somewhat dated now, made in 1965, but represents the outer bounds of lunacy that needs to be done every now and then!
The race of "The Great Race" is nothing more than a clotheslines for hanging a magnificent series of set pieces in many filmatic styles. A mixture of early twentieth century daredevil thrill work combined with slapstick early in the movie gives the erroneous impression that it's what the movie's about. Some viewers who don't like that sort of Wile E. Coyote doings tune the movie off at that point. Others, who want it to continue throughout the movie, become bored. In fact, comedy is hard to sustain, so working the movie out through largely self-contained episodes was probably a good idea. The slapstick sections give way to a lighthearted western romp with a notable saloon brawl, then to an interlude on an ice floe that strengthens the bonds between the characters and allows character development that was impossible thus far, and finally to a subtle and mature adventure story largely based on "The Prisoner of Zenda". The controversial "Zenda" spoof dominates the second act (after the intermission). Some see the Pottsdorf segment as a huge mistake, while others view it as the point which the first act inextricably led. The culminating pie fight of this episode, the largest in history (and not particularly funny in itself, though it does provide more character development), gives some credence to the latter school. Perhaps Edwards created the whole segment, the whole movie, to give us the pie fight. The whole "Prisoner of Zenda" spoof is itself a remarkable achievement. The episodic quality of the movie made "The Great Race" one of the movies that worked best back in the 1960s and 70s when networks broke it up and aired it over two nights in prime time (as they used to do very long movies). And along the way "The Great Race" sends up many more topics, some of which, like suffragettes, are sacrosanct today.
What "The Great Race" is not, is a gag-a-minute clone of "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines". The race is important only as a McGuffin to get the action rolling and bring the characters together for their mutual interests. "The Great Race" is a clinic on various types of movie genres -- slapstick, western, adventure -- that were antiquated by the mid sixties (a time when most moviegoers probably had a nostalgia for those types of movies, which they'd have seen as children). "The Great Race" not funny in the way 1990's and 2000's movies are, with the unearthly wildness of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey or the "if-this-laugh-doesn't-work-another's-coming" approach of Abrahams and Zucker and the Farrelly brothers. Rather, the comedy is is the lighthearted approach to the various subjects introduced (though there are plenty of wisecracks to go around). The only problem is that, along the way in the "Prisoner of Zenda" spoof, Blake Edwards seemed to have forgotten he was making a comedy. Even that does not particularly detract from the movie as a whole, as Max (Peter Falk) comes into his own in this segment and Tony Curtis' "Great Leslie" proves he's more than just a pretty face, but will put his life on the line for Right with a dueling scene foreshadowed much earlier.
And there are two -- count 'em, two -- places where the movie pauses for a breather to give a fine Mancini/Mercer song. Mancini may be the best movie composer ever; certainly his incidental music is wonderful throughout this movie.
The cast makes the movie hit on all cylinders. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, reteamed a few years after their comedy success "Some Like it Hot", fully understand their roles and play them to the hilt (Lemmon's Fate is quickly tiresome, but since Lemmon has the duel role in the "Zenda" spoof he must work hard to differentiate the characters). Natalie Wood is refreshing and brings excitement to every segment she's in. Along the race route, some excellent supporting players make cameos: Arthur O'Connell, Vivian Vance, Marvin Kaplan (New York); Larry Storch, Denver Pyle, Hal Smith, Dorothy Provine (Boracho); Ross Martin (Pottsdorf). And, as the sidekicks of Leslie and Fate (respectively) Keenan Wynn and Peter Falk couldn't have been better chosen for their parts. Falk, whose part at first looks small and unrewarding, becomes one of the funniest characters in the movie; while Wynn's character, mostly buried in blustering, provides one of the biggest (and necessary at that point) laughs in the movie. And director Blake Edwards, just coming off "The Pink Panther" and "A Shot in the Dark", is at the pinnacle of his career.
If you haven't seen this movie in widescreen, you've never seen this movie. Repeated television showings have cropped fully a third of the movie by taking away both ends of the screen. To be fully appreciated, "The Great Race" requires viewing on the canvas Blake Edwards envisioned for it. The DVD is remarkably well done, with vibrant colors (Natalie Wood's wardrobe is one of the finest things in the movie), and the whole shebang looks good as new. The sound effects (for which, believe it or not, the movie won an Oscar) were given a good brush up and sound great. Extras for the DVD release are so disappointing they're barely worth mentioning; except to say that the original trailer is one of the worst I've ever seen. An audio track with Blake Edwards and Tony Curtis would've been welcome, and maybe a comment or two by Peter Falk if he'd do it.
All in all, "The Great Race" is a superb movie, with the caveat that it must be taken for what it is, rather than judged by what it's not....more info
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- Great Race, Great Movie
Just as funny as I remembered it to be. This has the absolutely best pie fight ever....more info
- A classic
No it's not great cinema, but it is entertaining. I remember watching this movie many times as a kid ("Push the button, Max"), and thought my own kids would get a laugh. As with all thing that aren't new and hip, they were skeptical at first, but after a few minutes, they too were hooked. More brandy!!!...more info
- NATALIE shines
This DVD is worth having just to see the late NATALIE WOOD in a comedy. She worked well with Tony Curtis, and she even does a song in the film called "The Sweetheart Tree" (vocal by Jackie Ward, who did some of the singing for Natalie in the previous INSIDE DAISY CLOVER) that became a hit for Johnny Mathis. She is so luminous on the screen that you forget that the movie itself is, well, rather forgetable ~ some cute bits here and there,and a rather funny routine from Dorothy Provine as a dance hall Singer. This movie is worth a look....more info
- Great Race is "Great Fun" - 60's Nostalgia
This is a hokey/60's comedy with Tony Curtis as the Great Leslie and Jack Lemmon as a Great Villain character with his side-kick Peter Falk. No Blood and Gore / Good Clean Fun; and, a good musical score as well. I highly recommend it!!...more info
- Truly Great!
Whether you prefer comedy, romance, or just plain swashbuckling fun, "The Great Race" has it all. This film is one of the most enjoyable adventures I've ever had the pleasure to see.
Tony Curtis plays the famous Leslie --- The GREAT Leslie --- whose hair is always perfectly combed, whose clothes are always a pristine, unblemished white. He gets kissed by all the pretty ladies, and his teeth and eyes glint with the requisite *bling!* sound. His Houdini-style daredevil-dom has made him a famous man and his accomplishments make him formidable.
Enter the nemesis, Professor Fate (played by Jack Lemmon) --- a man who dresses in black, wears a sinister mustache...and whose schemes to outsmart The Great Leslie consistently fail.
When Leslie proposes a long race --- from New York to Paris --- Fate and his sticky sidekick Max gleefully enter, determined to beat Leslie at his own game.
Natalie Wood plays a determined sufragette eager to emancipate women from mental slavery --- "out of the kitchens, and off the pedestals!" She invades a newspaper office in order to secure a way of reporting the race from start to finish. Her own determined schemes get her entangled in the life of The Great Leslie in more ways than one!
And so, from New York to Paris, we follow our hero, heroine, and arch-enemy through many adventures, including a barroom brawl, a melting iceberg, a foreign prison, a duel with sabers, and the best pie fight in film history!
From the opening credits to the humorous ending, this film provides fun for anybody. Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood create good chemistry, Jack Lemmon is equally brilliant in BOTH his hilarious roles, and the supporting cast is fantastic. I highly recommend this film! You'll laugh your head off....more info
- Scene For Scene, One Of The Funniest Movies Ever Made
Blake Edwards' sprawling 1965 comedy takes the premise of "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and adds a twist to it. Though lacking the all star cast that that 1963 comedy had, "The Great Race" is every bit as funny and ranks up with "It's A Mad,Mad..." as one of the greatest slapstick comedies ever made.
Daredevil The Great Leslie (Tony Curtis) is loved by all: talented, handsome and kind, he is the ideal man for many woman and his stunts have made him a millionaire. Everyone loves him. Well, almost every one. Enter Leslie's arch nemesis, Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon). Along with his not very smart henchman (to put it mildly) Max (Peter Falk), Professor Fate will stop at nothing to top Leslie and become him. However, every attempt goes hilariously wrong. But he then hatches a scheme that he knows won't fail. He will complete against Leslie in a 20, 000 mile race from New York to Paris and beat him, thus winning the respect of the world. Also competing is beautiful suffragette newspaper reporter Maggie DuBois (Natalie Wood), who captures the eye of both Leslie and Fate. Everything culminates into a nonstop laugh riot, including the greatest pie fight in the history of entertainment.
"The Great Race" is a classic comedy that is guaranteed to make anyone laugh. I highly recommend it....more info
- The Good and the Bad Guys.
The Great Race
As a youngster I loved to watch Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in their Film. Full of loughs. The good guy always wins !!?? Fun....more info
- The Sweetheart Tree
Loved Natalie Wood singing The Sweetheart Tree song. It is a happy song with happy words.
Cinematography, soundtrack and acting are excellent....more info
- The Great Race
Fun and exciting, with action and good music. Great 1960s era film with an excellent cast of talented actors. Jack Lemmon plays two totally different characters that are over the top....more info
- "It Is I, Professor Fate!"
If you like campy, slapstick, over-the-top vintage comedies Hollywood style then you'll love `The Great Race' from '65 starring the incomparable Tony Curtis as the Great Leslie, the demure and lovely Natalie Wood as Maggie Dubois and the sinister and demented Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate.
`The Great Race' is loaded with lots of familiar faces and plenty of laughs to spread liberally along the way as the Great Leslie and the lovely Ms. Dubois battle Professor Fate and his assistant Max in a trans-continental automobile race of outrageous proportions. There's lots of fun to be had for the whole family in this oldie but goodie. Gentlemen, start your engines!
My Rating: -4 1/2 Stars-....more info
- A good time was had by all.
This is one of those movies that is a joy to watch. Everybody involved was obviously enjoying themselve immensely. with the possible exception of Natalie Wood. So you should enjoy it too....more info
- We enjoyed this
We enjoyed this slapstick humorous adventure of a New York to Paris car race. The story takes place around 1910. The good guy wears white and is all good. The bad guy wears black and is all bad (and amazingly inept). Our kids loved the physical humor: pie fights, falling into the water, crashing into manure. Parents of younger kids might want to preview the movie first; there are a couple of scenes with a fair amount of female skin and a couple of scenes where people are obviously drunk. We felt it was okay because it is about what our kids see when visiting the beach. Overall, we really enjoyed this movie....more info
- The Great Race
What a great movie. The characters are perfectly cast. Tony Curtis the dashing hero, Natalie Woods the feisty heroine, Jack Lemmon a truely great villian, and Peter Falk the bumbling sidekick Max an excellent "Igor". The film is loaded with walkons by great character actors. It contains the action of a race at the beginning but quickly becomes a mano-to-mano race between The Great Leslie and Professor Fate. Classic saloon brawl, great death defying stunts by both Leslie and Fate, and the greatest pie fight ever filmed. Even my 18 month old grandaughter stops what ever she is doing when it comes on. Jack Lemon should have won an academy award for his performance in multiple rolls.
This is a great sitback and unwind to a very funny film. Everyone regardless of age will enjoy this movie time and time again.
- One of the few 60's comedies that is still funny
As the other reviews say, The Great Race is simple, silly, fun -- evil plots that go disastrously wrong, a barroom brawl, even a pie fight. Hero all in white, villain all in black.
Unlike most 60's comedies, it wears well. I think it's really a parody of the tiresome "hey I'm funny" school of 60's comedies starring idiots like Buddy Hackett or Terry-Thomas. Jack Lemmon's villain is so (deliberately) overdone that it's a parody all by itself. The rest of the leads are primarily actors, not comedians or comic actors, and they get all the best laughs. This is not to say that Lemmon and Falk's riffs on Laurel & Hardy, or huge brawls, or melodramatic swordplay, or pie fights, aren't funny. But they aren't the soul of this movie.
Time has not been kind to 60's movie comedies. "Those Magnificent Men," "Mad, Mad, World," even "Cat Ballou" are tedious, almost embarrassing. "The Great Race" makes the short list of those that can still make us laugh....more info
- Must-have for any Natalie Wood fan
This is the other half of the knockabout comedy duo she starred in with Tony Curtis (see also _Sex and the Single Girl_, which has a multiple-auto chase sequence as zany as any scene in this film). Truth to tell, I spent so much time mooning after Natalie in her gorgeous 1900's costumery - some of the prettiest I've seen in any film set in that period - that I had to back up again and watch the movie to catch all the funny bits. ...more info