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The Great Race

6.9
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Original title
The Great Race
Year
Running time
150 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Arthur A. Ross (Story: Blake Edwards)
Music
Henry Mancini
Cinematography
Russell Harlan
Cast
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Producer
Warner Bros
Genre
Comedy. Adventure | Road Movie. Car Movies. Steampunk
Synopsis / Plot
Professional daredevil and white-suited hero, The Great Leslie, convinces turn-of-the-century auto makers that a race from New York to Paris (westward across America, the Bering Straight and Russia) will help to promote automobile sales. Leslie's arch-rival, the mustached and black-attired Professor Fate vows to beat Leslie to the finish line in a car of Fate's own invention. The Blake Edwards style of slapstick and song originated with this movie. A dedication to Laurel and Hardy appears at the beginning of the film. Edwards' tribute to Stan and Ollie can be seen most clearly in the interaction between Professor Fate and his cohort Max, as well as in the operatic Pottsdorf pie fight.
Awards
1965: Oscar: Best Sound Effects. 5 Nominations
1965: Golden Globes: 4 Nominations, including Best Film - Comedy/Musical
1965: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Comedy Screenplay
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