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      Grand Prix

      Released Dec 21, 1966 2 hr. 59 min. Drama List
      92% 12 Reviews Tomatometer 88% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score The most daring drivers in the world have gathered to compete for the 1966 Formula One championship. After a spectacular wreck in the first of a series of races, American wheelman Pete Aron (James Garner) is dropped by his sponsor. Refusing to quit, he joins a Japanese racing team. While juggling his career with a torrid love affair involving an ex-teammate's wife, Pete must also contend with Jean-Pierre Sarti (Yves Montand), a French contestant who has previously won two world titles. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 14 Buy Now

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      Alec B If you can get passed the predictable melodrama the editing, cinematography, direction, and Saul Bass montage designs will more than see you through the lengthy running time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/09/24 Full Review Klaudia K Fantastic film about Formula 1 Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 08/01/23 Full Review jrnation5788 A terrific time capsule for 60's Formula 1 racing with expert cinematography, a solid story, and character performances to go along. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/05/22 Full Review Christopher B Grand Prix is considered one of the greatest films made about professional auto racing, mainly due to it's numerous camera angles, a variety of different and thoroughly captivating split screens as well as some of the most intense and engaging driving (A lot of it actually recorded at real Formula One races) sequences recorded on film. There is a lot to like here in the racing elements and a majority of the film is the races, however a downside is the bland and mindless romantic stories tied in between them. The only interesting element is the dilemma of risk-taking and what you have to give to compete in such dangerous professions, the men involved all make many sacrifices as well as their loved ones. The cast all does a good job and Toshiro Mifune as well as many others make up the great supporting cast as well. For the driving sequences captured alone, the film is worth a watch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/02/22 Full Review philip r Having finally seen this film after seeing parts of it forty years ago, I have to agree with many of the other comments here. Visually, it's absolutely stunning and remains one of best looking films I've seen from the 1960's. The cast is first class and overall the acting is pretty good. The problem is the story and pacing. Outside of the racing scenes, it's a fairly standard story line and it lags terribly in spots. This is by no means John Frankenheimer's best work but It remains however a must see for anybody interested in racing films or in 1960's cinema. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I saw this after the death of James Garner. The idea was good, but this was not one of his better movies. The concept was interesting-a mixture of Formula One racing and the intrigues and romances of the people involved. Trouble is, the movie tries to include too much and ends up overlong and tedious. We do get a feel of what it is like to be in the race-the high speeds, the tight curves, the dangers of other drivers or cars that break down, leading to serious accidents. We also see the strains and divided loyalties of the drivers and their respective friends and spouses. We also see the rocky relationships between drivers and their employers. But the film becomes overlong because it just tries to incorporate too much. It is easy to see why most films try to simplify their stories as much as they can. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Pauline Kael The New Republic There’s so much plain and fancy hard work involved in a production like Grand Prix that it begins to seem almost cruelly flippant to watch it for the same reasons we’d watch a lousy old movie on television. Sep 19, 2023 Full Review Nathanael Hood Unseen Films It's a rowdy, roaring, ecstatic hallelujah of movement and speed. Rated: 9/10 Jun 8, 2020 Full Review Penelope Houston The Spectator Frankenheimer can make one feel that there's no more exhilarating place to put a camera than on a Formula One. Jul 9, 2018 Full Review Tim Brayton Alternate Ending Turns a high-speed death-defying stunt into a collection of beautiful pictures assembled with visceral effectiveness,. Rated: 4/5 Aug 30, 2017 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A decent formula motor racing film. Rated: B Dec 31, 2014 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation It's still the gold standard for racing movies, a film which was decades ahead of its time in terms of on-track realism. Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 3, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis The most daring drivers in the world have gathered to compete for the 1966 Formula One championship. After a spectacular wreck in the first of a series of races, American wheelman Pete Aron (James Garner) is dropped by his sponsor. Refusing to quit, he joins a Japanese racing team. While juggling his career with a torrid love affair involving an ex-teammate's wife, Pete must also contend with Jean-Pierre Sarti (Yves Montand), a French contestant who has previously won two world titles.
      Director
      John Frankenheimer
      Executive Producer
      Kirk Douglas, John Frankenheimer, James Garner
      Screenwriter
      Robert Alan Aurthur
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Cherokee Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Joel Productions
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 21, 1966, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 18, 2010
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