Grand Prix Reviews

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January 5, 2015
Saw it in 66 when new and in 120 degree cinemascope. Amazing then ... still the best. Rush was interesting but too much CGI.
September 16, 2014
There are so many great things about this film ("You don't dance, you don't smoke, you don't drink ... what do you do?") ... oh, it's just perfect the way it is.
August 7, 2014
An epic of disproportion. There's a low-key Grand Prix championship plot against a long drawn out series of love triangles. It's way to long for such mundane themes despite some very good racing scenes.
July 29, 2014
This one moves a little slow at times and runs a little long. A fair bit of time is spent on developing the characters of the main drivers. The last half picks up quite a bit and is very good.
July 28, 2014
Look for a young Jessica Walters from Arrested Development. Wow.
July 21, 2014
For those in the know its my belief That director John Frankenheimer was the link between the old Hollywood studio system and the movie brats who followed in the 1970s.
Several of Frankenheimer films made in the 60s are rightly regarded as classics of there time and even his lesser works have plenty to keep most folks interested.

The story here is of course the lives and loves of several drivers competing in the F1 Grand Prix's.
James Garner is the American driver with a point to prove after causing a massive shunt at the start of the film .
Garner did most of his own driving and he really could of had a career as an F1 driver.
Yves Montard is great as the driver who ahs seen it all and just wants to survive and Brian Bedford plays the driver with a unfaithful wife and the shadow of his dead brother playing havoc with his career.
The truth is these domestic issues take away from the films best quality and that the racing consequences .
Even in todays real of CGI Frankenheimer and Saul Bass really give you a terrifying insight in to how deadly F1 was in the 60s
The Monza sequence alone is pretty hair raising and its to the directors credit that all the race featured feel different despite the fact its just cars going round a track.
Saul Bass works alongside the director and his montages add plenty of excitement to already heady mix of thrills and spills.
So if you can bypass some iffy script problems this one is a real podium finish .
½ June 24, 2014
a proper racing film
April 9, 2014
"Grand Prix" is a visual and exhilarating ride! Filmed in 1966 and directed by the talented John Frankenheimer of "Manchurian Candidate" fame, "Grand Prix" is a must see film about racing. I recently saw this wonderful movie and was completely awestruck at the cinematography and brilliant direction. The film incorporates actual formula 1 racing and has famous drivers such as Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Juan Manuel Fangio making cameo appearances. The film begins with Aerial shots of the "Circuit de Monaco" and cameras mounted on the hood and back of a Ford GT40 driven by Championship driver Phil Hill, makes this an authentic film complete with heart stopping footage. The audience is immediately placed in the driver's seat as formula 1 kisses every curve through beautiful Monaco, France, and the famous Monza racetrack in Italy. The story follows four Formula 1 drivers: Pete Aron, played by James Garner trying to make a comeback, English driver Scott Stoddard (Brian Bedform) recovering from a car crash and strongly resembling famous race car driver Jim Clark, actor Yves Montand as the seasoned French driver Sarti who gets involved with American Journalist played by Eva Marie Saint and Italian newcomer race car driver Nino Barlini played by Antonio Sabato. The film runs a bit long on their personal stories. Romantic leading ladies in the story line include actress Jessica Walter and French singer, Franoise Hardy. Shot in Super Panavision 70, "Grand Prix" was presented in theaters in 70mm Cinerama (curved movie screens). "Grand Prix" won three Academy Awards for Best Sound, Best Sound Effects, and Best Film Editing. Frankenheimer, a real car racing enthusiast was nominated for Outstanding Director by the Director's Guild of America. Doing much of his own driving was James Garner, who after making the film took up racing. His skills on the set impressed formula 1 drivers Graham Hill and Jack Brabham to such a degree, they told him he could have been a successful Grand Prix driver had he not gone into acting.
March 19, 2014
Great motor racing movie, possibly the best non-documentary motor racing ever. (If you include documentaries, however, "Senna" takes it).

Excellent racing scenes. Every race was seat-of-your-pants stuff. Nothing was predictable: by the time of the last race there were still several possibilities open to how the movie was going to end.

The last race was one of the more intense 15 minutes or so in cinema history. There was a huge feeling of impending doom, but you did not know for whom (or even that it was for only one person).

Great cinematography during the racing scenes. It was like being there. Plus you get to feel what it is like to be someone in the crowd, or in the pits, or in the press.

However, the non-racing scenes detract from the quality of the movie. Yes, they show the private lives of the racers and make them more human, but they aren't done very well. The non-racing stuff doesn't develop the characters much, even though with all that time spent (and it is a lot) you'd think it would.

In the end the non-racing stuff just feels like padding, blowing out the running time and making it boring in stretches.

Good performances from James Garner and Yves Montand. However, nobody else really measures up. Jessica Walter was unconvincing and Eva Marie Saint, for all her talent (thinking North By Northwest), just seems a bit spare. Francois Hardy does a decent job, and looks stunning doing it, but has little screen time, or impact on the movie.
Super Reviewer
½ June 17, 2011
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 inbetween them. The only interesting element is the dilema 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.
November 3, 2013
John Frankenheimer nos presenta esta gigantesca película que demuestra su talento como director y como experimentador formalista que gira en torno a la fórmula 1. Las escenas dramáticas son algo letárgicas, pero su contraste con las espectaculares escenas de carrera hacen de esta cinta de acción deportiva toda una experiencia audiovisual.
October 22, 2013
Saw this on the plane to Canada last summer. Just EPIC!
½ March 29, 2013
The racing scenes are just spectacular. Unfortunately they're embedded in a 3 hour melodrama that's less than stellar. The film's worth watching, especially on the really spectacular Blu-Ray, but it's a tough slog at times.
½ February 17, 2013
I love old Formula One racing, and this movie is a series of character vignettes that are well edited into a series of races that makes them all the more exciting. It feels as if they are creating a real world of racing and you can't help but become a fan. The end is genuinely shocking yet altogether predictable. It also helps that it's got an all-star international cast, highlighted, in particular, by James Garner, Yves Montand, and Toshiro Mifune.
February 16, 2013
Get the Blu-Ray edition. Totally bad ass. Don't miss this movie. James Garner, who did ALL his own driving, and Yves Montand are awesome (despite the fact that Montand got towed around by a GT40 doing 130mph). F3 cars dressed up as F1s, all shot on location in Europe at several F1 venue. Awesome cinematography by John Frankenheimer and really-cool-for-the-day opening title sequence. Best. Racing. Movie. Ever. Period.
January 7, 2012
Epic-length man-soap opera.
½ September 7, 2012
Frankenheimer's legendary technical marvel is still a rush to watch some 46 years later, thanks to the ultra realistic in-the-cockpit racing sequences. Overall, Grand Prix is a brilliant up-close and personal look at F1 as a sport (footage was shot at actual F1 events) that mixes seamlessly within a fictional story line, really half-documentary, half-motion picture -- and talk about motion. Five-stars if scoring just on the daring and inventive cinematography, including the actual actors racing behind the wheel. While the shot-for-Cinerama, three-hour flick drags in spurts (predictably, the non-racing sequences) Frankenheimer does a nice job overall of interweaving each driver's personal tale, including examining their respective motivations for undertaking such a daring occupation. A snapshot of racing just before huge sponsorship would change it forever, Grand Prix is exciting for even non-fans. A real thrill ride without a hint of CG. *viewed on HD-DVD*
August 19, 2012
John Frankenheimer has a really mixed filmography that includes some true classics ("The Manchurian Candidate" or "Seven Days in May") but also includes some stinkers ("Dead Bang" or "Reindeer Games"). "Grand Prix" is something of a mixed bag in and of itself. The race scenes are brilliantly directed and stand up today as absolutely thrilling. The race scenes are wonderfully edited and the use of split screen is used to great effect. Unfortunately, the race scenes are interrupted by a tedious soap opera that surrounds the lives of the many drivers. There's a great cast, including the unfortunately dubbed Toshiro Mifune, but they can't salvage this boring and tedious script. Definitely worth watching for the races but absolutely must be seen widescreen, probably best on a giant television since you're not likely to catch it in a movie theater.
½ March 17, 2012
Longish but intense at moments. John Frankenheimer makes great action sequences.Decent casting but Toshiro Mifune is always a pleasure to watch.
March 5, 2012
Pesee muuten 99% nykyajan autoleffoista. Ei niillä tietokoneanimaatioilla kovin kummoista jälkeä saa aikaiseksi. Terväväpiirtoversiona 60 luku suorastaan piirtyy olohuoneeseen.
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