The Great Race (1965)
Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 5
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Critic Reviews: 2
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 0
Average Rating: 3.8/5
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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
Jul 1, 1965 Wide
Jun 4, 2002
Warner Home Video
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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 Great Leslie: Are you a native of Boracho?
- Lily Olay: I ain't no native. I was born here!
- Max: 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!
- Max: Here come the Marines!
- Prof. Fate: Sh-sh-sh-sh-shut up!
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