The Great Race

The movie with 20,000-mile or one-million-laughs guarantee!
The Great Race
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Format:  DVD
item number:  HQ3V
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DVD Features:

  • Documentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Languages: English & French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 4, 2002
  • Originally Released: 1965
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: MAKING OF THE GREAT RACE
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Filmographies: Blake Edwards - Director

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1965 - Best Sound Effects

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 23


User Ratings: 8,771
Rating: 5/5 -- Everything a farce should be, played straight while being seriously silly.
Killer Movie Reviews
Apr 27, 2003
Rating: C+ -- Not a great film but one with some funny moments and line of stars.
Jul 5, 2005
Comedy masterpiece, and one of the few films to look at votes for women. Full Review
Classic Film and Television
Jan 7, 2011
Rating: 1/4 -- A monumentally epic disaster... Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Aug 2, 2015
Rating: 3/5 -- Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk save this overblown comedy that tries too hard to be too slapstick.
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Jun 26, 2003
Rating: 3/5 -- Laughs aplenty! Lemmon is hilarious!
Tsunami Magazine
Oct 26, 2008
Lemmon plays it dirty throughout and for huge effect. Curtis underplays for equally comic effect. Wood comes through on a par with the two male stars. Full Review
May 6, 2008

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Crank your engines! With a roar, sputter and pop (and more Academy Award-winning Best Sound Effects), drivers wheel westward in wacky turn-of-the-century autos for a New York-to Paris race. Ahead lie 20,000 miles, a barroom brawl, a sinking iceberg, 2,357 pies in the face and incalculable laughs.

Blake Edwards turns a marvelous cast loose on a round-the-world highway booby-trapped by some of the funniest screen gags ever. Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk are nasty Professor Fate and his dim henchman Max. Tony Curtis is their good-guy nemesis, the Great Leslie. And Natalie Wood is cheroot-puffing suffragette reporter Maggie DuBois. Zestily scored by Henry Mancini and ravishing in a new digital transfer with revitalized digital audio from restored elements, The Great Race is great fun!

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

THE GREAT RACE is a Blake Edwards period comedy about a transcontinental auto race with a raft of memorable characters. Along the way, the racers encounter a polar bear, get into saloon brawls, challenge each other to duels, and have a colossal pie fight.


Production Notes:

  • Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis also teamed up in Billy Wilder's SOME LIKE IT HOT, the funniest American film ever made according to the American Film Institute's list.
  • The film is dedicated to Laurel and Hardy.
  • The pie fight is the biggest ever filmed, utilizing 2,357 pies.

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