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.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2002]
Edition: DVD edition widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780790765341
Branch Call Number: 791.4361 GREAT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (160 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Blake Edwards' the great race


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ArapahoeKaren Sep 26, 2020

This is a nostalgic, old-fashioned, zany comedy melodrama. It is complete with an off-beat romance, sight gags, pratfalls, a saloon brawl, sword fights, and a glorious pie fight. This is a great movie for stressful times. You can just sit back, relax and enjoy the silliness. So, pop some popcorn and enjoy the movie. (Suitable for all ages.)

Nov 16, 2019

The movie was OK, but had it's dull moments.

The comedy that has practically everything, the greatest pie fight, the greatest saloon fight, and the greatest sword fight on the screen. Well, you could argue about that last one. It reprises the entire plot of "The Prisoner of Zenda," and there are even some witty lines. Many miss this one: "Carpania is full of woods, and the woods are full of Gypsies, and the Gypsies are full of sh…enanigans." Shot at great expense on location, it looks beautiful, and it does go on for a while. But…don't miss the gag at the end. "Push the button, Max!"

May 24, 2019

I Simply adore Tony Curtis, which is what drew me to this classic film and he definitely doesn't disappoint. Who knew how sexy he'd look dressed all in white? My problem with this movie isn't the length, but in how long it took for it to peak my interest. Pretty slow moving in the beginning but once the race was underway, so were the laughs. Sadly, they were few. Tony was the only actor who really stood out here. I didn't really care for Natalie Wood as the suffrage reporter, but she did a good job. However, this movie is definitely a lot of fun and should provide for some great entertainment. Just wasn't one of my favorite movies.

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.

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.

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!

Oct 19, 2011

fair. more slap-schick than i remember.

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!

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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ArapahoeKaren Sep 26, 2020

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Jun 08, 2015

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