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The Great Race [VHS] [1965]

4.3 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk, Keenan Wynn
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Writers: Blake Edwards, Arthur A. Ross
  • Producers: Dick Crockett, Martin Jurow
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: 19 Feb. 2001
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000058C9K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,186 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon star in Blake Edwards' comedy, an extravagant production chronicling the first New York-to-Paris auto race in 1908. Natalie Wood co-stars as a feisty journalist, who is covering the race for the New York Times. The film won an Oscar for Best Sound Effects and the song 'The Sweetheart Tree' also received a nomination.

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Format: DVD
Watching this was a pure nostalgia trip for me as I can only remember watching it on tv when I was about 6 years old one Christmas time. I could only vaguely recollect one or two scenes of the film but it is a joy to own on dvd some 30 odd years later. Jack Lemmon, physically unrecognisable in this film because of the great job done by the make-up dept, plays the Dick Dastardly role with Peter Falk his sidekick, played in the cartoon series by a dog called Mutley! Natalie Wood is gorgeous in the film which probably inspired the cartoon Penelope Pitstop. Tony Curtis plays his part of Lemmon's nemesis very well but for me, Lemmon, as he often has done in his career, steals the show with brilliant over-the-top humour.

It has great picture and sound quality, so if you want a film that is Silly with a capital "S", a great cast of acting, a huge food fight, a real polar bear and fun all the way from start to finish, this could be for you. Play it at Christmas time; the kids and the kid in you will love it.
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THE GREAT RACE may not be a masterpiece--but it is a perfect choice for a cold and rainy night: stylish, frothy, and often flatly hilarious, it makes for "comfort viewing" at its best.
One of the movie's several charms is that it draws heavily from Victorian cliches that still linger in the public mind, gives them a gentle comic spin, and then drops them into the tale of an early 1900s auto race from New York to Paris by way of Siberia. Add to this a heap of favorite character actors, a big budget, flamboyant period costumes, and the biggest pie fight ever filmed, and you have a movie where there is always something to enjoy on the screen.
The great thing about THE GREAT RACE are the performances, which are very broad but endowed with a sly humor. The comedy accolades here go to Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk as the notorious Dr. Fate and his bumbling sidekick Max--wonderful bits of acting that will have you hooting with laughter in every scene--and Dorothy Provine scores memorably in a cameo as Lily Olay, the bombshell singer who presides over the most rootin'-tootin' saloon this side of the Pecos.
But every one, from Tony Curtis and the lovely Natalie Wood down to such cameo performers as Vivian Vance, get in plenty of comic chops as the film drifts from one outrageous episode to another: suffergettes crowding a newspaper, the biggest western brawl imaginable, polar bears, explosions, daredevil antics, and a subplot lifted from THE PRISONER OF ZENDA agreeably crowd in upon each other. True, the film does seem over-long and may drag a bit in spots, but it never drags for very long, and it's all in good fun--and the production values and memorable score easily tide over the bare spots.
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Region Free import from USA has a wonderfully sharp and detailed image on Blu Ray framed in cinemascope 21:9 with DTS Master 5.1 sound to match. Blake Edward's tour de force comedy starring Tony Curtis and long-time screen partner, Jack Lemon ably assisted by Natalie Wood as a fiesty reporter will leave a smile on your face long after the closing credits. And Blake gives you a spin on "The Prisoner of Zenda" story as an added bonus. Recommended - and this is the version to buy!
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What needs to be said about this film? It is a classic. Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk make superb comic villians and must have given rise to the idea of Dastardly and Muttley. The custard pie fight is the biggest you're ever likely to see. In all, an excellent fun filled family film that can be watched time and again. Now the interesting stuff .....
I bought a Region 1 DVD copy from bestpricecds via Amazon. Yes it is NTSC but it plays quite happily on both my Region-Free DVD player and my Region 2 player. Ummmm! Maybe this is a Region 0 DVD as other Region 1 DVDs will not play on my Region 2 player!
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This has to be one of the funniest films ever made. I never fail to laugh at something that I have perhaps not noticed before or have merely forgotten; but whenever I watch the film I get real pleasure. Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis & Natalie Wood are the stars along with all the cars/stunts/songs - this is a real "feel good" film. They don't make 'em like this now!
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By A Customer on 25 Mar. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I saw the movie at the age of 15, almost daily singing along to Natalie Wood on guitar! :)
I had been looking for a copy of the movie for 4-5 years when I finally found it at Amazon. It's a classic with capital C, funny and unforgetable. Tony and Natalie look amazing and Jack proves that he is one of the best comedians ever!
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Bluray video and audio quality is superb and its region free. it comes under the excellent WB archive collection which never ceases to amaze with the qaulity. The Film itself is star studded, but a little dull. The 3 stars are for the film, The print would be 5 stars. Would still recommend it though
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Excellent film very funny and good star casting. Very funny and one of the best 'Slapstick' movies to be made, apparently, this film cost the most at the time to make and contains the most elaborate cakes and cream cakes to be made just for a memorable 'Pie fight with Jack Lemmon,Tony Curtis,Natalie Wood all getting well covered and very funny. Excellent film to watch and for any collection a must have.
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