Grand Prix

1966

Action / Drama / Sport

3
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 88%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 6640

Synopsis


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Cast

Eva Marie Saint as Louise Frederickson
James Garner as Pete Aron
Paul Frees as Izo Yamura
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1.25 GB
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23.976 fps
2hr 56 min
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2.66 GB
1920*864
English
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23.976 fps
2hr 56 min
P/S 4 / 5

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Naught Moses 6 / 10

Back Story

Phil Hill earned every second of the onscreen time he was given here. Because in some respects, "Pete Aaron" =is= Phil Hill, America's first Formula One world champion. The final race in the film at Monza (in '64 for the filming; in '61 in real life) =is= what happened with point leader Hill and runner-up Wolfgang von Trips when Hill won the title. And though Hill never caused any other driver to be seriously injured so far as I know, the years that followed his triumph were troubled when the Ferrari team blew apart, and the ATSs and Coopers her drove thereafter were third-rate. The drama is no better here than it was in "The Racers" with Kirk Douglas in '53, but we do get to see five-time champ Juan Fangio, then current champ Graham Hill, Richie Ginther and others get some well-deserved cameos. That's Graham Hill battling with John Surtees in the terrific opening race scenes at Monte Carlo, btw.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 5 / 10

Great racing scenes; a shame about the rest

I'm a big fan of director John Frankenheimer's work and I think he's made some of the best action sequences in Hollywood. GRAND PRIX is his racing car drama that sees ROCKFORD star James Garner involved in a terrible accident on the track which causes his career to spiral out of control before he makes efforts to turn things around. The story suffers from a huge amount of long-winded relationship drama; the running time is near enough three hours and easily half of that running time could have been excised in order to focus on what's important; namely, the racing scenes. These are superbly staged and as good as they come. Frankenheimer refused to shoot his car races slow and speed them up, rightly believing the effect looked fake, so what you see here is all real. Garner did his own driving and the camera follows him every inch of the way. Frankenheimer captures the speed and excitement perfectly and his use of in-car cameras reminds one of the energy of something like BEN HUR's chariot race. You can tell this is the same guy who shot RONIN thirty years later. It's just a pity that the rest of the story is so sluggish and manages to waste the star calibre of somebody like Toshiro Mifune.

Reviewed by Lugo1989 8 / 10

Way ahead of its time

What an incredible achievement considering that Grand Prix came out in 1966. The racing footage has not been surpassed to this day more that 50 years later which puts the film way ahead of its time. There were a few racing films with sometimes decent stories made over the years but the actual racing scenes never felt right or real. They definitely do here. It is absolutely exhilarating watching those cars speed down those classic race tracks such as Spa, Monza and Monaco. The drivers in those days were true gladiators and had to have much more between their legs than drivers nowadays. The sound of the cars and the entire film is fantastic as well. The story itself is not that great and some acting feels a bit wooden. It is enough to hold the film together and the real stars are those beasts of a car anyway.

Essential film for every Formula 1 and racing fan. Try to watch it with really good headphones or great speakers, relax and fell the roar of the engines!

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