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- Michael Whitty
An exciting ride through the race tracks of Europe, "Grand Prix" is a winner through its photography, editing, and characters. There are slower sequences which get a little too much time but the fast-paced races make up for that. Beginning with the Monaco Grand Prix we see about 15 minutes of non-stop racing with James Garner and Brian Bedford and Yves Montand competing. A big production made in the 60s with stress on camerawork "Grand Prix" concerns the drivers will-to-win and what they have to do to win. When you are moving 170 m.p.h. you better know what you're doing.....this movie does.
An exhilarating, exciting racing film. The film traces the lives of four Formula One racers and their relationships; which aren't as engaging as they should be. However, no one's going to see this film for the driver's women troubles, they're there to see the amazingly-choreographed races heightened by Oscar-winning Film editing, Sound and Sound effects. Like Nascar, this film will appeal to it's target audience. I give it a 3/5.
Fast Exhilarating "Grand Prix" Ride
"Grand Prix" is a visual and exhilarating ride! Filmed in 1966 and directed by the talented John Frankenheimer of "Manchurian Candidate" fame, "Grand Prix" is a must see film. I recently saw this wonderful movie on Turner Classics and was completely awestruck at the cinematography and brilliant direction. The film incorporates actual formula 1 racing and has famous drivers such as Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Juan Manuel Fangio making cameo appearances. The film begins with Aerial shots of the "Circuit de Monaco and cameras mounted on the hood and back of a GT Ford driven by Championship driver Phil Hill makes this an authentic film complete with heart stopping footage. The audience is immediately placed in the driver's seat as a formula 1 kisses every curve through beautiful Monaco, France, and the famous Monza racetrack in Italy. The story follows four Formula 1 drivers: Pete Aron, played by James Garner trying to make a comeback, English driver, Scott Stoddard (Brian Bedform) resembling famous race car driver, Jim Clark recovering from a serious car crash, actor Yves Montand as the seasoned French driver, Sarti who gets involved with American Journalist played by Eva Marie Saint and Italian newcomer race car driver Nino Barlini played by Antonio Sabato. Romantic interests include actress Jessica Walter and French singer, Franoise Hardy. Shot in Super Panavision 70, "Grand Prix" was presented in theaters in 70mm Cinerama (curved screens). "Grand Prix" won three Academy Awards for Best Sound, Best Sound Effects, and Best Film Editing. Frankenheimer a real car racing enthusiast was nominated for Outstanding Director by the Director's Guild of America. Doing much of his own driving, was James Garner who after making the film took up racing. His skills impressed formula 1 drivers Graham Hill and Jack Brabham to such a degree, they told him he could have been a successful Grand Prix driver had he not gone into acting.
To Rick (Great Movie Except). I advise you to check with your cable provider. Not likely a TCM problem. Could even be your TV.
Great Movie Except...
Great movie assuming TCM could show it proper. Twas on 2/18/13 and just pixilated and skipping on Cable TV. Nice job TCM! How to botch 3 hours of programming! Yeah!There is a reason I dont watch TCM much, this happens somewhat frequently. Not another channel do I have a problem with.
- Bruce C
An outstanding James Garner / Cherokee film ( he never made a bad movie). The Super Pan camera work is stunning. Film follows the lives of a band of four drivers across Europe, detailing the ups and downs of mixing racing and their personal lives. Has a stellar cast, offering to both sexes. The moviewas really about racing first and foremost, yet they did not neglect to work in the difficulties the womenof racer's faced. Jim actually is driving in almost all of his footage. Does not matter what it may or may not have grossed, it works and film buffs love it - really is all that matters. (Warning: there are some mature - very difficult scenes - especially concerning the young boys - way too close to the track).
Ultimate Sports Flick
- Marnie Howell
Even for non F1 fans, this film offers something to savour -unforgettable cinematography, top drawer performances by Montand and Garner leading a stellar cast, gorgeous locations, en exquisitely majestic film score, superior sound and film editing. Realistic and riviting, it gets my nomination for the best sports classic ever made. Realistically compelling in tragedy and trumph. While I always look forward to watching it on TCM, I emailed a local classic film venue requesting it be shown in a full scale theatre setting. Marnie Howell
Edge of your seat action. Probably the most technically accurate racing movie to date and all completed without Star Wars era computer animation. The story line is deep; a racer at the end of his career, one chasing the big win and one making a comeback. It also focuses on the technology of the teams and their owners and coaches hungry for the Grand Prix title.
Great racing movie
The plot is quite simple, like a soap opera, but the scenes from the racing tracks are absolutely great. The speed, the sound and no studio shots with backprojection or the like. Frankenheimer did a very god job, blending scenes from the real races with shots of his disguised F3 cars manuevered by the actors.
One of the top two racing flicks
- Tobin Gallawa
Great cinematography, good story with all the sub plots, well cast, outstanding racing movie. The synopsis is flat wrong. When Sarti crashes at Monza, the Enzo Ferrari character, Manetti, black flags Nino, calling him into the pits and withdrawing his team. He did not lift because he was stunned, he quit on the instructions of his team owner.
Motorsport time machine
- Bob Smith
A real plot and unbelievable access to the Formula 1 "Circus" allowed John Frankenheimer to create a master piece.Real F1 drivers mixed with great actors, racing circuts and cars blend together for a romantic look back to a mid 60's world championship season.Fiction and fact come together to create a story that is remarkable authentic.If you like F1 then you must watch this movie again and again.