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Grand Prix [HD DVD] (1966)

James Garner , Eva Marie Saint , John Frankenheimer  |  Unrated |  HD DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (410 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Toshirô Mifune, Brian Bedford
  • Directors: John Frankenheimer
  • Writers: John Frankenheimer, Robert Alan Aurthur, William Hanley
  • Producers: James Garner, John Frankenheimer, Edward Lewis, Kirk Douglas
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (410 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2J2WM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,983 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Grand Prix [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard. While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for the Japanese Yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard's estranged wife.

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117 of 121 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grand Prix- The first. The finest. August 15, 2003
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I saw this movie when it was first released in Honolulu at the Cinerama theatre in the true Cinerama format. I remember nearly falling out of my seat as the astounding race sequences played out before me. This is a truly organic race film, there are real drivers of the F1 era mixed in with the mostly European cast, though James Garner and Eva Marie Saint break the cross Atlantic barrier. This film is a wonderful technical masterpiece. It even has some fine dramatic moments in between the melodrama. Some might say this is the film's greatest short coming. That is true, but also where it really mirrors the emotional high that F1 has always worn on it's sleeve. F1 is a soap opera that is played out across the world, where the wealthiest mingle, though not too closely, with the proletariat for a few hours of high rev mania. Many of the courses in the film are still in existance, but they have been smoothed out and plundered of passion. Often the races held these days resemble a parade, but once in a while things go terribly wrong and a race ensues. And it is in capturing those glorious moments that the film really soars. You will feel the ripping of the air as a car tears through the streets of Monaco, and be stunned by the speed and savagery of a huge racetrack like The Spa in Belgium or the amazing high banked corners at the old track in Monza, Italy. The camera work is a virtuoso masterpiece of technical achievement. Many of the shots that we take for granted today on our live TV races were the brain children of the camera men who worked on the film. This film is the one all of that work we see on modern TV broadcast racing strives to emulate. You are in the race, in the cockpit, in the mind and the heart of the greatest racers in the world. Read more ›
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Racing Experience February 29, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
"Grand Prix" is the finest racing movie ever produced. The story involves the pursuit of the Formula 1 World Championship by four men: Jean-Pierre Sarti (Yves Montand), an aging former champion who grows weary from the acute physical demands of the sport and team politics; Nino Barlini (Antonio Sabato), a brash, fearless young lion; Scott Stoddard (Brian Bedford), a man broken in body yet driven to match the legacy of his deceased brother; and Pete Aron (James Garner), a stoic, pragmatic American fighting to restore a faltering career. The Ferrari Team Manager comments during the film, "Everyone wants to win...there is no distinction in that." What distinguishes these four men from others is the sheer force of will each exhibits to overcome his personal demons and to achieve his final destiny.
The drama unfolds amidst many of the great racing circuits of Europe...the narrow, twisting streets of Monte Carlo; the rain-slickened expanse of Spa; and the tortuous, high, concrete banks of Monza. John Frankenheimer's inventive split-screen imaging and on-board cameras put you inside the cockpit where you sense the raw power and road-pounding vibrations from these sleek racing machines. You are at once deafened by the high-pitched whine of superbly tuned engines as they roar off the starting grid...and then mesmerized by Maurice Jarre's soft, eloquent musical score set to compelling visual images of cars rising, falling, and turning through the racing circuit in a ballet of speed, grace, and beauty. I agree with an earlier review that DVD would materially enhance the appeal of this production and I sincerely hope DVD will be forthcoming. Regardless, "Grand Prix" will forever serve as the quintessential racing movie.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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Although racing films in general have never enjoyed overwhelming commercial success Grand Prix stands alone as the best racing film of all time!

The storyline isn't brilliant by any means and there are a few `unexplained' bloopers such as Jean Pierre Sarte's mysterious helmet change from one race to the next - which was due to John Surtees leaving the Ferrari team at mid-season and signing with Cooper for a bit before eventually signing with Honda - but if you're a diehard Formula 1 fan this film is a true blessing.

I already own the Laser disc and still own one of the original programs that were sold at the movie theaters and I have been waiting for this film to come out on DVD for ages, simply in the hopes of viewing the treasure-trove of behind-the-scenes footage.

Although the film did not receive the critical success many felt it deserved the historic importance of this film should not be underestimated because it's the only clear color film footage available anywhere in the world where you can see; Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, Jimmy Clark, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Richie Ginther, Jochen Rindt, Bruce McLaren, Maurice Trintignant, Mike Parkes, Joakim Bonnier, Lorenzon Bandini, Chris Amon, Guy Ligier and even the great Juan Manuel Fangio together on the big screen and in their crowning glory. - Be sure to watch closely during the Spa Francorchamps drivers meeting when Jochen Rindt playfully reaches out and trips Graham Hill (aka `Bob Turner') as he's trying to step past Rindt.

For fans and students of cinematography the camera angles and the technology invented to achieve many of those angles are a testament to the ground-breaking achievements that underscore the unique and visionary genius of John Frankenheimer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie for fans of F1. Be sure to crank up the volume on the surround sound!
Published 4 days ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific
Besides RUSH - this is probably the best racing movie ever!
Published 6 days ago by sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic film
Published 6 days ago by Lance C. Onan
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT MOVIE. WILL BE ENJOYED BY ALL.
EXCELLENT MOVIE. WILL BE ENJOYED BY ALL.
Published 11 days ago by Midcoast Vintage
5.0 out of 5 stars all the while invoking the power of love in a world sometimes...
The movie begins inside the darkness of a roaring tailpipe and then transforms to an art of driving fast and the need to fend off a sense of death, all the while invoking the power... Read more
Published 15 days ago by p.k. west
5.0 out of 5 stars "Grand Prix" is a great flick for those of us late "boomers" who...
"Grand Prix" is a great flick for those of us late "boomers" who remember the Formula One of the 60's and 70's. Definitely a movie for race aficionados!
Published 16 days ago by Christopher E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great movie.
Wife and I went to see this on our first date. Still a great movie.
Published 17 days ago by Virginian in LA
5.0 out of 5 stars The best racing film.. ever!
People either love this movie or dismiss it. If you enjoy racing, and want to see what real racing looks like from the driver's seat, this is for you. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Dennis E. Smirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT
Published 18 days ago by John O. Kinnick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great seller great product and super fast shipping everything A+++++++
Published 19 days ago by Kenneth R Dellett
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