The Great Race (1965)
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In this expensive, expansive spoof of turn-of-the-century auto races, The Great Leslie is a hero among heroes. Leslie's great rival is Professor Fate. Long envious of Leslie's record-setting accomplishments, Professor Fate schemes to win a 22,000-mile auto race from New York City to Paris by whatever insidious means possible.
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Critic Reviews for The Great Race
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.
It's highly inventive, self-conscious camp, made in 1965, well before the genre wore itself out in superciliousness.
Comedy masterpiece, and one of the few films to look at votes for women.
Laughs aplenty! Lemmon is hilarious!
Both panned and praised when it was released, this zany cross-continental romp zooms ahead full throttle for all of its 157 minutes.
This is one of those spectacular comedy star vehicles which is perfectly watchable on a wet Sunday afternoon but which, looked at from almost any other perspective, is just a waste of celluloid.
Not a great film but one with some funny moments and line of stars.
Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk save this overblown comedy that tries too hard to be too slapstick.
Everything a farce should be, played straight while being seriously silly.
Goofy and overblown, but still hard to resist.
A lumbering behemoth of 160 minutes of overproduced, overbearing overkill.
An amiable comedy full of chase, chase, fall-down, chase.
...a boisterous, madcap chase film that overstays its welcome but provides enough laughs along the way to make up for its shortcomings.
Audience Reviews for The Great Race
The film does drag on somewhat slowly, it makes up for it for one lone reason and one lone reason only, JACK LEMMON AS PROFESSOR FATE!!! He is so damn funny to watch, and I think the comedy on how he acts comes from the Looney Tunes, particularly Daffy Duck, who I am inspired by quite a bit as well, and it really works with the comedy on this character, and is hysterical. The only thing I disliked about this film was Tony Curtis, mainly because how wooden he acts in this film, but I think it was intentional, I think he was trying to just act like that because he is just a stereotypical attractive dude that is just a character with no attitude or emotion., But Jack Lemmon works off of him so hysterically well, and he is someone who you just want to actually see win and not Tony Curtis.More
The fun of this tribute (of sorts) to the old silent films is watching the cast simply live it up. Curtis gets to hero it, Wood gets to sexy all American girl it, and Lemmon and the recently deceased Falk get to revel as the very bad guy and his untrustworthy assistant it. Plenty of shining moments by supporting actors in what is without a doubt one deliberately silly film, yes, but fun.More
I didn't know it was a kids movie when I started, but I really, really liked it. Why? Because Jack Lemmon is a comic genius and made me crack up more than I was ever expecting. Parallel only to the ever charming Natalie Woods and the oddly suave Tony Curtis.
It was a bit long, but the comedy and hijinks were so crazy that I didn't mind it! This is something that if I ever had kids, would have them watch. Loved it. And I would totally watch this again.
Oh, and greatest pie fight EVER.
The Great Race Quotes
- The Great Leslie:
- Are you a native of Boracho?
- Lily Olay:
- I ain't no native. I was born here!
- Here comes the marines!
- Maggie DuBois:
- Max, you little rat! I'll get you for this!
- Prof. Fate:
- She's his Achilles heel, she's our ace in the hole - she must not be left behind!
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