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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 April 2016
In truth the plot of Grand Prix is pretty wafer thin, with not enough story to fully justify the gargantuan run time, yet it's both thrilling and fascinating all the same. Plot essentially centers around the 1966 Formula 1 motor racing championship, with James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford, Eva Marie Saint and Toshiro Mifune heading up the large ensemble cast list. It deals with the trials and tribulations of the drivers, both on and off the track.

The human drama is a bit soapy, of which there is much, yet these narrative characterisations help to make us care and understand the protagonists at the core of the story. And of course when the drivers are out there on the track, we know their psychological make-ups, their driving mirroring their motives and emotional fortitude.

The racing segments are superbly filmed by Frankenheimer, with multi-angles used to maximise the experience, while he also uses split screen sections to fully immerse us with the key characters. Two crash sequences are genuinely heart stopping, filmed with a clarity that makes us realise that people actually do die in this sport. While the sound work and editing is quite simply stunning.

See it on the biggest screen you can, and for home formats get the best possible disc available. 8/10
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on 6 August 2015
A very well crafted car-film. IN a way it's the bible of car-race films. All the private and sentimental scenes are superfluous and just slow it down without adding nothing special. But all the race scenes are absolutely spectacular and like never you've seen before or after (even the so well-reviewed Ron Howard's Rush is derivative and incomparable to this one, considering it's been made 40 years later). The bitter subtext of the story (loneliness and masculine challenge vs one's own limits and danger) is not so well developed and original, ma still this film rocks. Director John Frankenheimer will never be enough reconsidered even now that he's passed away, but he's the perfect example of a great professional and a director who, although never posing or being regarded as an author, introduced a lot of new ideas in editing and film direction and could basically do anything with just what's needed to shoot a film: direction, editing, sound, photography. See Seconds, Ronin, The Manchurian Candidate, The Train, French Connection 2. Stunning blu ray
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on 10 May 2017
Exceptional camera work, sound, lighting. Wonderful technical exercise for its day. Bit of a none story but all motor sport films tend to be thus. Absolutely essential viewing for any historic motor sport fan though for the footage of Europe's finest circuits before they were 'made safe'for the modern era. Brilliant
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on 19 August 2014
Fabulous film, anamorphic presentation, 176 minutes of 1966 cool & wonderfully realistic camerawork. Great extras & interviews, great to see people being honest & forthright on film. James Garner was not first choice for main character, thankfully he did take up the role because he is a sensation in it. Major F1 drivers in the film are show stoppers, anyone who is remotely interested in F1 will adore this film it captures the fashion & style of 1966, glamour of the lifestyles, but extremely realistic about the sheer danger of F1 driving & tracks of the day. Quality of presentation is amazing a 5 star film all round, James Garner is just so wonderful & there's a terrific clip in the extras of him from the 'water' scene, class in motion. I like James Garner as an actor, but, in this film, he is not always in his comfort zone & it is a wonderful opportunity to see an example of just what a talented & exceptional actor he was & he made this role his very own.
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on 23 May 2015
Probably the best ever film about formula one motor racing. It feels like a documentary at times with insights into that racing scene and the presence of actual drivers of the time like Graham Hill along with the actors. We also get to see the interior of the Ferrari factory - a first of. The shots of cars racing were very advanced for their time and still thrilling. The love stories are superb, in particular the performance of Yves Montand as the racing driver Jean-Pierre Sarti in a poignant love affair with Eve-Marie Saint. This is a really thrilling watch and a tribute to John Frankenheimer's genius !
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on 31 October 2017
Before special effects this was the closest you'd ever get to riding in a racing car. Some shots at 130+ mph, a real fire in James Garner's car at Brands Hatch. Great stuff for racing enthusiasts. The pacing is a little slow in places and the storyline a little disjointed at times but the overall premise is fairly sound. These were the guys who raced knowing that every race might be their last.
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on 27 May 2011
It may be over 40 years old now and some of the acting is a bit ham by modern standards but this is a truly amazing film. It reminds us all how dangerous motor racing was in the 1960s when drivers were killed in horrendous accidents on a regular basis. These days it seems incredible that anyone would have risked their lives in untried cars of such flimsy construction with absolutely no safety gear. I remember seeing it soon after it first came out and falling in love with Yves Montand and being in tears when his character was killed in a truly horrific (but only too realistic accident). Francois Hardy's throw away lines when being chatted up are brilliant and somehow capture the spirit of the 60s. If you're too young to remember what formula 1 was like when drivers lives were on the line every time they stepped into their cars you must watch this. If, like me, you are old enough to remember the days of standing by the track with only a few old tyres between you and the cars and drivers didn't even have crash helmets you should watch this and remember just how it was!
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on 23 June 2014
I have very fond memories of being taken to see this by my father when I was a boy. Re-watching it now I can well understand how my 8-year-old self would have loved the racing sequences. They are magnificent and stand up well, if not exceed, the equivalents in Rush. It's fascinating to see the "cars-eye" view of Monaco. Monza, etc. as they were nearly 50 years ago - minus many of the safety barriers - and to spot the cameos of the famous drivers of the time.

Much less fascinating, however, is the soap-operatic plot in-between the racing sequences, charting the complicated love-lives of several of the main characters who, unfortunately, do not exhibit much of the way of chemistry on-screen (probably at least partially the fault of the wooden dialogue).

At less than a tenner, however, this disc, with its perfect image quality and excellent sound is worth getting for the racing sequences alone. Play on as large a screen as possible with the sound turned up loud.
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on 19 December 2014
If you are a fan of the history of F1, particularly the Golden Years in the late 60s, aka the danger years, then check this film out for not only a fascinating selection of cameos of your favourite F1 greats, slouching around between races, champagne receptions after races (Graham Hill looks in his element!!), but also this film contains the best footage ever of a race. This film could never be made today, you'd never get the access to the cars this close up. The brilliant Phil Hill drove the car with a camera rig set up, so you are right in there with the actual F1 drivers of that age. Well done to Jackie Stewart, you can tell his tartan helmet a mile off. Brilliant. Even the story line isn't bad, James Garner is pure class, managing to sufficiently master a racing car for some of the best race scenes. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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on 27 May 2016
Still totally brilliant with truly extraordinary track camera work. You really feel you are driving! Dated in its off track storylines and could have been 20 minutes shorter but still a legendary movie. Ron Howard came close with Rush but I still think Grand Prix sets the benchmark and will probably never be bettered.
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