The Great Race (1-Jul-1965)
Director: Blake Edwards
Writers: Blake Edwards; Arthur Ross
Music by: Henry Mancini
Producer: Martin Jurow
Keywords: Comedy, Auto Racing
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Review by G Reynolds (posted on 13-Apr-2008)
This movie was one of those really fine "race" movies popular in the early to mid 1960s; others were "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" and its glorious sequel known as "Those Magnificent Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies." It is hard to believe how long ago this film came out. I saw it when I was 11 years of age, with my brother who was 14 at the time. Our folks dropped us off (at a theater they found in a phone book in a city we had never been to before) and they came back when it was over -- that would probably be considered "child endangerment" now, but back then it was quite normal and quite safe. Besides, we had "street smarts" enough to get us by, and we were much more sensible and more trustworthy than children of that age living in the present day.
The scene I remember best was sort of a "food fight" scene, with scores and scores of people getting themselves quite nastily messed up with large amounts of flying whatever-it-was, and with Tony Curtis sauntering about in the midst of the mayhem wearing a white shirt and white pullover sweater, white pants, white shoes and a magnificently aloof expression on his face and not a speck of anything on him, up until the very moment that he took a direct hit square in the face with whatever-it-was that everyone else had been tossing about for several minutes.
This movie is one I think of whenever I think of just how much times have changed in the last several decades. There were of course many things wrong with America then, but then again we never locked our doors and no one knew what a "terrorist" was. Kids went to school and did their homework, none of us knew anyone who had ever been in jail, and AIDS hadn't been invented yet.
If you want a perfect family film, pick this one up, along with the others at the top of this review. Enjoy!
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