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The Great Race [Blu-ray] [1965]

  • SKU: 25715406
  • Release Date: 08/26/2014
  • Rating: NR
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (13 out of 13)

    Synopsis


    The Great Race
    Tony Curtis stars as The Great Leslie, a hero among heroes whose purity of heart is manifested by his spotlessly white wardrobe. Leslie's great rival, played by Jack Lemmon, is Professor Fate, a scowling, mustachioed, top-hatted, black-garbed villain. Long envious of Leslie's record-setting accomplishments with airships and sea craft, Professor Fate schemes to win a 22,000-mile auto race from New York City to Paris by whatever insidious means possible. The problem is that Fate is his own worst enemy: each of his plans to remove Leslie from the running (and from the face of the earth) backfires. Leslie's own cross to bear is suffragette Maggie Dubois (Natalie Wood), who also hopes to win the contest and thus strike a blow for feminism. The race takes all three contestants to the Wild West, the frozen wastes of Alaska, and, in the longest sequence, the mythical European kingdom of Carpania. This last-named country is the setting for a wild Prisoner of Zenda spoof involving Professor Fate and his look-alike, the foppish Carpanian king. When Leslie and Fate approach the finish line at the Eiffel Tower, Leslie deliberately loses to prove his love for Maggie. Professor Fate cannot stand winning under these circumstances, thus he demands that he and Leslie race back to New York. The supporting cast includes Peter Falk as Fate's long-suffering flunkey Max, Keenan Wynn as Leslie's faithful general factotum, Dorothy Provine as a brassy saloon singer, Larry Storch as ill-tempered bandit Texas Jack, and Ross Martin as Baron Von Stuppe. The film also yielded a hit song, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's The Sweetheart Tree. The Great Race was dedicated to "Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jack Lemmon
      Jack Lemmon - Prof. Fate
    • Tony Curtis
      Tony Curtis - The Great Leslie
    • Natalie Wood
      Natalie Wood - Maggie DuBois
    • Peter Falk
      Peter Falk - Max
    • Keenan Wynn
      Keenan Wynn - Hezekiah



    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

    100%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Fun for the whole Family

      Posted
      TXSweetPotato

      The adventure is fun... the story is exciting.... the story moves along making you want more... I first watched this film when I was a little girl & every year after I was so excited about seeing it again... We always watched it as a family.. My brother, sister, & I would lay in the floor actually mesmerized by what was going on in the movie... It's a long movie but it's worth every minute. I find myself craving to see this movie again & again... another good one for the family is 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' & 'Man's Favorite Sport'. Don't read the synopis if you haven't seen the movie.. It's a spoiler...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Great Race - Live-Action Cartoon

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      Tardo317
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      Jack Lemon and Tony Curtis are absolutely hilarious in their roles as Professor Fate and The Great Leslie. Natalie Wood and Peter Falk are equally delightful in their supporting roles as a reporter and Professor Fate's not-very-bright henchman. One of the other pleasures this movie offers is spotting all the movie and TV stars in small roles.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dad loved it

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      kasey
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      This was one of my dad's favorite movies when he was a kid, he was genuinely surprised to see it on blu-ray. Good video and audio on this release from Warner Archive.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A class movie

      Posted
      Rickspicks
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and Jack Lemon at their best in a very funny movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

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      Logistic488
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      Inenif the greatest Blake Edwards movies EVER TONY CURTIS NATALIE WOOD Great love affair

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good fun movie for me and my family

      Posted
      Dallas
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      Great production value Watched this as a child at least 20 times, now sharing it with my children Great melodrama

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fasten your seat belts!

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      DeeM
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      Laugh a minute and lots of adventure. The race of a lifetime with a lot of laughs along the way.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A great film finally on Blu-ray.

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      MP4K
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      While the transfer may be a bit aged, this is very well-made BD of The Great Race for any fan of the film.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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