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The Great Race

The Great Race(1965)

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  • Charlton Heston was originally offered the 'Curtis, Tony' role of The Great Leslie. He considered it a "funny script" but had to turn the part down when the production schedule for The Agony And The Ecstacy was delayed.
  • Features the largest pie fight ever staged.
  • Six Hannibal-8 cars were built for the movie. Three of these used the "lazy tongs" lifting mechanism. This mechanism was so fragile that it broke constantly.
  • The pies used during the pie throwing scene were real, containing fruit, custard, whipped cream and other ingredients. Following this scene the crew devoured more than 300 leftover pies.
  • The ice floe sequence was shot on the Universal studio back lot during a Southern California heat wave. Temperatures during the filming ran as high as 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The stars were unable to wear the heavy costumes for more than a few minutes at a time.

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