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The Great Race
The movie with 20,000-mile or one-million-laughs guarantee!
Professional daredevil and white-suited hero, The Great Leslie, convinces turn-of-the-century auto makers that a race from New York to Paris (westward across America, the Bering Straight and Russia) will help to promote automobile sales. Leslie's arch-rival, the mustached and black-attired Professor Fate vows to beat Leslie to the finish line in a car of Fate's own invention.
God I am in love with this movie.
Slowly becoming my favorite comedy. It's either this, Being There, Tootsie, or I Heart Huckabees.
I usually say no comedy needs to be longer than 90 minutes.
This is the only exception.
I've been holding my ribs laughing for 2 1/2 hours straight.
This was a huge surprise. One of the funniest films I've seen in a long time. Loved every minute of it and every minute I found myself laughing my ass off. It's very much like a live action Looney Tunes cartoon and as hard as it is to bring cartoonish humor into live action form, this film does a perfect job doing just that. It has all kinds of comedy in all forms. It's got great slapstick, great sight gags, great jokes (etc) and it manages to be downright hilarious at every turn and a lot of that has to do with the performances. Tony Curtis is really brilliant and entertaining as the stereotypical perfect man. Natalie Wood is beautiful…
Jack Lemmon in a dual role is pure comedy gold, Natalie Wood is gorgeous, Tony Curtis is brilliant in his disgusting perfection and Peter Falk is adorable. A race to end all races.
A bit long in run time that drags a little in the middle, but the hilarity is unmatched and worth every second. Hands down favorite comedy of all time.
Two guys. Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon) and The Great Leslie (Tony Curtis).
2000 miles. An impossible west-bound trip 'round the world from New York to Paris in proto-Wacky Races vehicles.
One gal. A stern suffragette who tags along for the wild ride and whose alliance depends upon which guy notices her when she manipulatively bats her shiny, sleek, Natalie Wood eyes.
Will they make it?
Who will win?
Who will lose?
And why does the fate of our heroes depend upon their menage-a-quatre in the Arctic tundra while a polar bear hungrily looms above their heads?
These questions, and more, are at the heart of the certifiably insane comedy from Blake Edwards, The Great Race.
Professor Fate is the postmodern…
Blake Edwards' The Great Race could have had class. It could have been a contender. It could have been something, instead of a bomb, which is what it is, let's face it. I mean, the guy sets himself to succeed. The movie was intended to be his ultimate tribute to slapstick movies [and specifically to Laurel and Hardy, whom the film is dedicated to], a live-action cartoon, spoofing all sorts of genres from westerns, musicals and even period pieces along the way. He had three great leads to work with in the form of the gorgeous Natalie Wood and Some Like It Hot duo Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, who all give commendable one-dimensional character performances as a headstrong, eccentric…
Funny thing - I watched this movie a couple of weeks ago and somewhere between the closing credits and reaching the keyboard of my computer, I managed to completely forget the whole experience.
The Great Race has a terrific cast featuring the likes of Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk, Larry Storch and Ross Martin. The story revolves around two competing daredevils and the liberated lady-reporter who together engage in an auto race around the world. What results is nearly three hours of culture-clashes and literal mustache-twirling from Lemmon's villainous Professor Fate and his sidekick, Max Meen (Falk).
It's silly for sure, and for a car-culture movie coming on the heels of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, it's a bit of a step down. Even still, stargazers will find plenty of familiar faces, and if you like your comedy with a generous dose of slapstick, then this one will be for you.
There's a five-star movie that's 75 minutes long hiding inside this 240-minute three-star movie.
Too long by at least 45 minutes but this movie has so much amazing style and such an amazing cast that it's hard to hold that against it. If the third act prince story had been removed this would be a 10 but as it is we'll have to live with fantastical autos driven by larger than life characters racing around the world. And one damn awesome pie fight.
WE CAN MELT! WE CAN BLAST! WE CAN RISE ABOVE! WE ARE INVINCIBLE!
One of my all time favorite movies as I grew up watching it with my father. It just has that quirky 60's feel that I've always loved and it's something you just don't see anymore. Jack Lemon is an actor I've always like along with Natalie Wood so this one will always be in my top 10.
Impressive if for no other reason than it's crazy, elaborate production design. The movie as a whole though just left me a bit cold. It's WAY too long. There's absolutely no reason for it to be almost 3 hours long. I guess I'm just no a huge fan of this era of slapstick comedy. Honestly, I'd rather watch CANNONBALL RUN any day over this again.
This is precisely the kinda bullshit I live and breathe for.
I liked this so much more than I was expecting. I mean it's dumb as fuck but just looks so gorgeous and I was so won over by its corny throwback lunacy that I even laughed at a lot of the stupid jokes. Also Natalie Wood is more gorgeous than I ever realized.
Love Jack Lemmon's cackling laugh.
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Hilarious, slapstick fun from one of the masters of the genre, Blake Edwards. Of course, given the title, there is a "Great Race" at the turn-of-the-century, from New York to Paris using vehicles of the day. All the actors are at the top of their game in this comedy: Tony Curtis as the squeaky clean but man's man The Great Leslie; Jack Lemmon as the fiendish Professor Fate who will stop at nothing to sabotage Leslie; Natalie Wood as Maggie Dubois, a female reporter determined to cover the race and strike a blow for womanhood; Peter Falk as Max, Fate's assistant who is eternally loyal to his master. The entire supporting cast is great, including Arthur O' Connell, Vivian Vance,…
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