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Grand Prix (1966)

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

There's a few million dollars' worth of star power and a nickel's worth of plot in the lavish race-car melodrama Grand Prix. Among the participants in this annual cross-continent competition are characters played by James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford, and Antonio Sabato. Interested parties include Toshiro Mifune (his voice dubbed by Paul Frees), Adolfo Celi, and Claude Dauphin, while the women who agonize on the sidelines include Eva Marie Saint, Jessica Walter, and Françoise Hardy. The racing sequences are top-rank, cleverly utilizing those 1960s devices of helicopter angles and multiple screens. Oscars went to editor Frederic Steinkamp (among others) and the sound-effects supervisor Franklin E. Milton. Filmed on location, Grand Prix made back its cost about half a week into its run.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • James Garner
  • Eva Marie Saint
  • Yves Montand
  • Toshirô Mifune
  • Brian Bedford
  • Jessica Walter
  • Antonio Sabato
  • Françoise Hardy
  • Adolfo Celi
  • Claude Dauphin

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • In the scene at the reception after Sarti wins at Monaco, Hugo comments that Sarti can now talk to kings. Sarti replies that so can any man, but will the kings listen? Or something to that effect. This is an obvious paraphrase of a famous part of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I, Act III, Scene i, lines 53-55: Welshman Owen Glendower: "I can call spirits from the vasty deep." Harry Hotspur: "Why, so can I, or so can any man. But will they come when you do call for them?"
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Goofs

  • After Jean Pierre crashes he is helped out of his car. He pulls his goggles part way down as they are now just under his lip and covering his chin. The view then cuts to a close-up of Jean Pierre's face and the goggles are not over his face any more.
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Quotes

    • Jean-Pierre Sarti: The danger? Well, of course. But you are missing a very important point. I think if any of us imagined - really imagined - what it would be like to go into a tree at 150 miles per hour we would probably never get into the cars at all, none of us. So it has always seemed to me that to do something very dangerous requires a certain absence of imagination.
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63

The drama sputters through a 70-minute second half. [14 July 2006, p.4E]

Metacritic review by Mike Clark
Mike Clark
USA Today