Grand Prix (1966)



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There's a few million dollars' worth of star power and a nickel's worth of plot in the lavish race-car melodrama Grand Prix. Among the participants in this annual cross-continent competition are characters played by James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford, and Antonio Sabato. Interested parties include Toshiro Mifune (his voice dubbed by Paul Frees), Adolfo Celi, and Claude Dauphin, while the women who agonize on the sidelines include Eva Marie Saint, Jessica Walter, and Françoise Hardy. The racing sequences are top-rank, cleverly utilizing those 1960s devices of helicopter angles and multiple screens. Oscars went to editor Frederic Steinkamp (among others) and the sound-effects supervisor Franklin E. Milton. Filmed on location, Grand Prix made back its cost about half a week into its run.

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James Garner
as Pete Aron
Yves Montand
as Jean-Pierre Sarti
Brian Bedford
as Scott Stoddard
Eva Marie Saint
as Louise Frederickson
Toshiro Mifune
as Izo Yamura
Antonio Sabato
as Nino Barlini
Adolfo Celi
as Agostini Manetta
Claude Dauphin
as Hugo Simon
Geneviève Page
as Monique Delvaux Sarti
Jack Watson
as Jeff Jordan
Donald O'Brien
as Wallace Bennett
Jean Michaud
as Children's father
Albert Remy
as Surgeon
Rachel Kempson
as Mrs. Stoddard
Ralph Michael
as Mr. Stoddard
Alan Fordney
as Sportscaster
Anthony Marsh
as Sportscaster
Tommy Franklin
as Sportscaster
Phil Hill
as Tim Randolph
Graham Hill
as Bob Turner
Bernard Cahier
as Journalist
Bruce McLaren
as Douglas McClendon
Richie Ginther
as John Hogarth
Evans Evans
as Mrs. Tim Randolph
Paul Taylor
as Photographer David
Alain Gerard
as American Boy
Tiziano Feroldi
as Doctor at Monza
Raymond Baxter
as BBC Interviewer
Eugenio Dragoni
as Ferrari Official
Lorenzo Bandini
as Grand Prix Driver
Maasaki Asukai
as Japanese Interpreter
Paul Frere
as Izo Yamura
Jack Brabham
as Grand Prix Driver
Bob Bondurant
as Grand Prix Driver
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Critic Reviews for Grand Prix

All Critics (9)

Frankenheimer can make one feel that there's no more exhilarating place to put a camera than on a Formula One.

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Turns a high-speed death-defying stunt into a collection of beautiful pictures assembled with visceral effectiveness,.

Aug 29, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A decent formula motor racing film.

Dec 31, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Still dazzling, and the movie Ron Howard's "Rush" is sure to be measured against.

Aug 3, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

this idea that while anything's possible through technology, the debt of that ambition is paid out in blood.

Jun 14, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Yes, the driving scenes dazzle, but Frankenheimer also embeds his 1966 Cinerama epic with some interesting commentary about risk-taking professions in general and the Formula One driver in particular. [Blu-ray]

May 30, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Grand Prix


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.

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer

As the showpiece film for Formula One, Grand Prix is a cult favorite in the racing community. The racing sequences are tremendously exciting, shot from inside, in the air, along the track, in a chase car, pretty much everywhere that a camera can go. The fact that most of it was shot at high speed in real life, much of it at actual Formula One races, gives it a very authentic look. The personal stories, which seem to drag quite a bit, are filler in between races, but it's Frankenheimer's direction that puts you right behind the wheel. Photobucket

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

Frankenheimer sure knows how to shoot a car chase.Great looking film with spectacular races. The plot is ok. I miss SuperPanavision!

cody franklin
cody franklin

Super Reviewer

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