The Great Race

The Great Race

DVD - 2002
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Comedy about a turn-of-the-century automobile race from New York to Paris.

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Jun 01, 2016

Overlong but amusing romp starring Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, and Jack Lemmon as turn of the 20th century competitors in a wild New York to Paris automobile race. Look for Peter "Columbo" Falk and Keenan Wynn in funny supporting roles as loyal if exasperated sidekicks, and Arthur O'Connell and Vivian "Ethel Mertz" Vance as a harried newspaper publisher and his suffragette wife. Ross Martin is a debonair, Basil Rathbone-ish villain and Dorothy Provine, (Lemmon's "Good Neighbor Sam" co-star), is the sexy saloon gal who sings the hilarious "He Shouldn'tna, Hadn'tna, Oughtna Swang on Me."
Wood is fetching and spirited and Curtis is fine as Handsome Hero, but the standout here is the versatile Jack Lemmon in dual roles as the perennially outraged Professor Fate and the perennially tipsy Crown Prince Fredrick. Blake Edwards ("Breakfast at Tiffany's," The Pink Panther," "10," etc.) directs with a rather loose hand.

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aranworld
Jun 08, 2015

Be warned that the film is about 45 minutes too long. Scenes are generally dragged out too long. Between the first hour and the final 30 minutes is quite a bit of fluff. My child was disappointed by how little actual racing occurs in the film. On the other hand, the "romance" of the film is pretty well done and provided some pretty nice discussion points about changing attitudes about the roles of women in society.

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MichelleBees
Dec 30, 2014

i completely agree with garycornell. they don't make 'em like this anymore. watched this a hundred times with my dad. such warm and fun memories!

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garycornell
Jul 12, 2014

I have said it before and I will say it again, "they don't make movies like this anymore". The leads here though are not comics. We have Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood staring in a race from New York to Paris. Car races like this were once a national pastime. It is a wonderful recreation of just such a race and the troubles that befall such a group of racers. A Five Star Family Film!

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bstudent
Oct 19, 2011

fair. more slap-schick than i remember.

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MarkDPickens
Dec 09, 2010

A fun film for the whole family. Features an historic pie-fight, and great musical score. Great cars and great movie stars!

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ElectricMayhem
Dec 02, 2010

This reminds me of the movie “Around the World in 80 Days” because they are in a race around the world. Tony Curtis is the charming hero in white suits and a sparkling smile and Natalie Wood is the feminist love interest. This is fun for the whole family.

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aranworld
Jun 08, 2015

aranworld thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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