Grand Prix (1966)


“You have to remember that at Monte Carlo, because of the nature of the circuit, you have to shift gears over 2600 times during the race. That’s an average of once every three seconds. No reason to expect gear-box trouble… on the other hand, potential problems *are* in the back of your mind at all times. ” – Pete Aron

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A troubled auto racer tries to get back into the Grand Prix system how ever he can.

My Take on it – Interesting idea that works despite the very long run time of this film.

James Garner is great in the lead and they do a nice job showing how these three similar yet different personas all strive to win despite their various handicaps and faults in their personalities and ways of how they act.

The film opens with a 2 minute racing scene which is quite thrilling to watch since they make the viewer feel as if they are right behind the wheel of this car going at super speeds.

The problem here is that once the story begins to unfold, it feels a bit too soap opera-py for its own good and that makes things feel as if it drags a bit too much.

The intensity of the sport is shown really well and we get to see how the various racing teams work so differently despite all seeking the same goal.

Besides Garner, they have a great cast here that includes Yves Montand, Eva Marie-Saint, Brian Bedford and Toshirô Mifune who all add something to the way this story plays out.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Of the 32 professional racing drivers who participated or were seen in the film, five died in racing accidents within two years and another five in the following ten years. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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