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Grand Prix (2-DVD)

Cinerama sweeps YOU into a drama of speed and spectacle!
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DVD Features:

  • 4 New "Making-of" Documentaries
  • Vintage Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 56 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: July 11, 2006
  • Originally Released: 1966
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Special Edition
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Surround 5.1 English
    • Mono 1.0 French

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
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Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1966 - Best Film Editing
Academy Awards 1966 - Best Sound

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 10


User Ratings: 4,208
Rating: 4/5 -- The story alone is enough to almost make you become interested in auto racing.
Jun 26, 2006
Frankenheimer can make one feel that there's no more exhilarating place to put a camera than on a Formula One. Full Review
The Spectator
Jul 9, 2018
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Yes, the driving scenes dazzle, but Frankenheimer also embeds his 1966 Cinerama epic with some interesting commentary about risk-taking professions in general and the Formula One driver in particular. [Blu-ray] Full Review
Groucho Reviews
May 30, 2011
Rating: B -- A decent formula motor racing film. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Dec 31, 2014
Formula 1 in all its glory. Nothing before or since can match the spectacle of John Frankenheimer's race-car epic...
Wall Street Journal
Aug 12, 2011
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Still dazzling, and the movie Ron Howard's "Rush" is sure to be measured against. Full Review
Tribune News Service
Aug 3, 2012
3 stars out of 5 -- [T]he on-track stuff, as you'd expect from John Frankenheimer, is petrolhead heaven.
Total Film
Nov 1, 2006

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Nine races. One champion. James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford and Antonio Sabato portray Formula I drivers competing to be the best in this slam-you-into-the-driver's-seat tale of speed, spectacle and intertwined personal lives. Eva Marie Saint and Toshiro Mifune also star. John Frankenheimer (who 32 years later would again stomp the pedal to the metal for the car chases of Ronin) directs this winner of 3 Academy Awards, crafting split-screen images to capture the overlapping drama and orchestrating you-are-there POV camerawork to intensify the hard-driving thrills. Nearly 30 top drivers take part in the excitement, so buckle up, movie fans. Race with the best to the head of the pack!

Product Description:

GRAND PRIX is John Frankenheimer's film about the nine-leg world championship of Formula 1 auto racing, and stars James Garner as driver Pete Aron. During the opening race in Monaco, a collision sends Pete's car flying into the Monte Carlo harbor, and British driver Scott Stoddard (Brian Bedford) into a wall. While Pete survives unhurt, Scott may lose the use of his legs, and many hold Pete responsible. Jean-Pierre Sarti (Yves Montand), whose marital boredom has led to an affair with fashion editor Louse Frederickson (Eva-Marie Saint), wins the next race at Clermont-Ferrand. Afterwards Pete accepts the sponsorship of Japanese business magnate Izo Yamura (Toshiro Mifune), and begins to romance Stoddard's jaded young wife Pat (Jessica Walter). Pete wins the Belgian leg of the contest, but Sarti goes into a depression after skidding on a wet track and killing two children in a crash. After Pete also takes the German Grand Prix, Stoddard amazingly returns for the Dutch event, and, driving on sheer grit, pulls out a victory. He proves it's no fluke by also winning in Watkins Glen, N.Y. and in Mexico, making the championship competitive once again. Essentially a soap opera interspersed with racing footage, the film's existence was ascribed by Frankenheimer to his fascination with the sport and a desire to spend time in Europe. That said, the racing sequences are still among the most realistic ever put on film, jammed with wide-angle helicopter shots, you-are-there car-mounted cameras, and then-fashionable split-screen sequences. GRAND PRIX is a definitely a film or racing fans.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: Dec. 21, 1966
  • Shooting locations: Monano, Clermont-Ferrand, France, Monza, Italy, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Watkins Glen, N.Y., U.S., and Zandvoort, Netherlands.
  • Crash stunts were executed by firing a given car out of a hydrogen cannon at 125 m.p.h..
  • Frankenheimer decided to use the split-screen technique after watching its use the recent World Series, and from viewing the visual experiments of Charles Eames.
  • The 70mm car-mounted camera was so heavy that the rear suspension of the car had to be jacked up to accommodate it.
  • Most of the film was shot with 1000mm telephoto lenses.
  • Robert Redford turned down the James Garner part.

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