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The Great Race (1965)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 4, 2002

Budget $12,000,000

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Running Time
2 hours, 30 minutes

Country USA

Studio Blake Edwards Company, Warner Brothers

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• The Great Race
• Blake Edwards' The Great Race (1965)

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical, On The Road, Sports, Scams And Cons, Epic, Love, Kidnapping, Spoof, Slapstick, True Story, Satire, Outlaws

Tagline: The movie with 20,000-mile or one-million-laughs guarantee!

Plot: 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.

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 Directed by
Blake Edwards
Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther, Victor/Victoria
 Written by
Blake Edwards
City Heat, Soldier in the Rain, The Notorious Landlady
Arthur A. Ross
Creature from the Black Lagoon, Satan's School for Girls, The Creature Walks Among Us
Jack Lemmon
Some Like It Hot, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Apartment
Tony Curtis
Some Like It Hot, Sweet Smell of Success, The Celluloid Closet
Natalie Wood
Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story, The Searchers
Peter Falk
The Princess Bride, Shark Tale, The Sky Above Berlin
Keenan Wynn
Dr. Strangelove, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Last Unicorn
Arthur O'Connell
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Vivian Vance
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 Music By
Henry Mancini
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