The Great Race [Blu-ray]

The Great Race [Blu-ray]

Director: Blake Edwards Cast: Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis
, Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
, Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood
, Peter Falk
Peter Falk
Blake Edwards
The Great Race [Blu-ray]

The Great Race [Blu-ray]

Director: Blake Edwards Cast: Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis
, Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
, Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood
, Peter Falk
Peter Falk
Blake Edwards


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Tony Curtis stars as The Great Leslie, a hero among heroes whose purity of heart is manifested by his spotlessly white wardrobe. Leslie's great rival, played by Jack Lemmon, is Professor Fate, a scowling, mustachioed, top-hatted, black-garbed villain. Long envious of Leslie's record-setting accomplishments with airships and sea craft, Professor Fate schemes to win a 22,000-mile auto race from New York City to Paris by whatever insidious means possible. The problem is that Fate is his own worst enemy: each of his plans to remove Leslie from the running (and from the face of the earth) backfires. Leslie's own cross to bear is suffragette Maggie Dubois (Natalie Wood), who also hopes to win the contest and thus strike a blow for feminism. The race takes all three contestants to the Wild West, the frozen wastes of Alaska, and, in the longest sequence, the mythical European kingdom of Carpania. This last-named country is the setting for a wild Prisoner of Zenda spoof involving Professor Fate and his look-alike, the foppish Carpanian king. When Leslie and Fate approach the finish line at the Eiffel Tower, Leslie deliberately loses to prove his love for Maggie. Professor Fate cannot stand winning under these circumstances, thus he demands that he and Leslie race back to New York. The supporting cast includes Peter Falk as Fate's long-suffering flunkey Max, Keenan Wynn as Leslie's faithful general factotum, Dorothy Provine as a brassy saloon singer, Larry Storch as ill-tempered bandit Texas Jack, and Ross Martin as Baron Von Stuppe. The film also yielded a hit song, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's The Sweetheart Tree. The Great Race was dedicated to "Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy".

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2014
UPC: 0888574077624
Original Release: 1965
Source: Warner Archives
Language: English
Time: 2:40:00
Sales rank: 4,171

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Curtis The Great Leslie
Jack Lemmon Prof. Fate
Natalie Wood Maggie DuBois
Peter Falk Max
Arthur O'Connell Henry Goodbody
Keenan Wynn Hezekiah
Vivian Vance Hester Goodbody
Dorothy Provine Lily Olay
Larry Storch Texas Jack
Ross Martin Baron Rolfe Von Stuppe
George Macready Gen. Kuhster
Marvin Kaplan Frisbee
Hal Smith Mayor of Boracho,Employee
Denver Pyle Sheriff
William Bryant Baron's Guard
Ken Wales Baron's Guard
J. Edward McKinley Chairman
Art Stewart Man
Maria Schroeder Woman in Tobelsk
Patricia King Woman in Western Scene
Joyce Nizzari Woman in Western Scene
Greg Benedict Soldier
Chuck Hayward Soldier
Francis McDonald Russian
Richard Alexander Extra
Robert S. Carson Vice Chairman,Vice Chairman
Frank Kreig Starter
Charles Fredericks M.C.
Clegg Hoyt Man
Charles Steel Freight Agent
Joe Palma Conductor
Paul Bryar Policeman
Chester Hayes Man in Bear Suit
John Truax Prison Guard
Johnny Silver Baker
Hal Riddle Baker
Victor Adamson Barfly
Leon Alton Townsman
Brandon Beach Man in Hallway at Sentinel
Herman Belmonte Barfly
Owen Orr Soldier
Bill Borzage Townsman
Blake Edwards Actor
Henry Mancini Composer

Technical Credits
Blake Edwards Director,Screenwriter
Martin Jurow Producer
Arthur Ross Screenwriter
Tregoweth Brown Sound Effects,Sound Effects
Linwood G. Dunn Special Effects
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