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Grand Prix Reviews

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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.
January 21, 2014
The BEST AUTO RACING movie every. made, PERIOD.
Super Reviewer
½ January 17, 2014
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.
January 5, 2014
Great racing scenes coupled with very long, boring relational dialogue.
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!
September 17, 2013
greatest race movie ever made
despite coming out in 1966
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.
March 22, 2013
Fantastic, especially once you've been to some of these locations.
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.
November 25, 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*
½ August 22, 2012
Cringe-inducing dialogue in a badly written, overlong soap opera with cars in it. Well, the racing sequences are beautifully shot. So there's that...
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.
July 12, 2012
Awesome ... but not better than Le Mans! Still Awesome!
May 16, 2012
The racing scenes and European circuits of the era are reason enough to watch this Cinerama epic. Francoise Hardy doesn't hurt either!
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.
½ February 28, 2012
Long but great look inside Racing
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