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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.
Love Jack Lemmon's cackling laugh.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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,…
There's a race. And it's great. Good title then...
When Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon) keeps sabotaging his stunts, The Great Leslie (Tony Curtis) challenges Fate to a race in newfangled automobiles from New York to Paris. Soon, others enter the competition, including journalist and suffragette Maggie Dubois (Natalie Wood).
Rounding out the cast are the always great Peter Falk as Fate's henchman Maximillian Meanie, and Vivian Vance (best known as Ethel Mertz) as Hester Goodbody, the wife of a newspaper publisher.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), S.O.B. (1981), Victor Victoria (1982), and The Pink Panther series are comic masterpieces, but this film from Blake Edwards feels more like a film school assignment than a fully realized film. He crammed too many gags and homages into the movie, and Dubois is…
For the most part, The Great Race is a bit of a chore. It's trying far too hard to be funny, and only manages to succeed at it occasionally, and it's at least 60 minutes too long (it clocks in at an absurd 160 minutes). But what saves it from total mediocrity is Natalie Wood being wonderful. She's by far the best thing about the film, and completely outshines Tony Curtis (who is just a bit bland) and Jack Lemmon (who is extremely loud).
One of my most fav movie. Simply cant stop to rewatch it again and enjoy. Its a must watch for every movie buff
Blake Edwards's parody of/tribute to slapstick comedy is obscenely overlong and insistently hammy, but so what? It's highly inventive, self-conscious camp, made in 1965, well before the genre wore itself out in superciliousness. The story centers on a New York to Paris road race (think about that for a while) between the Great Leslie, a white-suited, teeth-flashing Tony Curtis, and the unscrupulous Professor Fate—Jack Lemmon in a Mack Sennett mustache. Very funny; creatively vulgar. 160 min.
The Great Race is a fun movie with many great gags but it has some problems.
The great humor in the movie comes mainly from Professor Fate's misadventures. The trouble is that the movie spends too much time in various subplots, making it drag. At 2 hours 40 minutes it's almost an hour too long. I guess long roadshow movies with intermission were very much in vogue in the sixties. But there just isn't enough story to support it.
The film could do without the suffragette subplot. In fact, as much as I love Natalie Wood, her character could go as well. The Great Leslie isn't very exciting, but he is necessary as a foil for the professor. Miss Dubois…
This is a pretty funny film at times, but for the most part it draaaaaaags on in a million different directions...it would've been better if they'd shaved 40 minutes off its 2Hrs-and-40Minutes Running Time...
"Ahead lie 20,000 Miles, a Barroom Brawl, A Sinking Iceberg, 2357 Pies In The Face"...and a Few Decent Laugh-Out-Loud Moments
Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk are the Deliciously Nasty Professor Fate and His Dim Henchman Max; Tony Curtis is their Good-Guy Nemesis, The Great Leslie; and Natalie Wood is Cheroot-Puffing Suffragette Reporter Maggie DuBois
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