Cover image for Blake Edwards' The great race
Title:
Blake Edwards' The great race
Author:
Lemmon, Jack, actor.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2002]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (160 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Comedy about a turn-of-the-century automobile race from New York to Paris.
General Note:
Widescreen version.

Original story by Blake Edwards and Arthur Ross.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1965.

For specific features see interactive menu.

Closed-captioned.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA: Not rated.
ISBN:
9780790765341
UPC:
085391109129
Format :
DVD

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Tony Curtis stars as The Great Leslie, a hero among heroes whose purity of heart is manifested by his spotlessly white wardrobe. Leslie's great rival, played by Jack Lemmon, is Professor Fate, a scowling, mustachioed, top-hatted, black-garbed villain. Long envious of Leslie's record-setting accomplishments with airships and sea craft, Professor Fate schemes to win a 22,000-mile auto race from New York City to Paris by whatever insidious means possible. The problem is that Fate is his own worst enemy: each of his plans to remove Leslie from the running (and from the face of the earth) backfires. Leslie's own cross to bear is suffragette Maggie Dubois (Natalie Wood), who also hopes to win the contest and thus strike a blow for feminism. The race takes all three contestants to the Wild West, the frozen wastes of Alaska, and, in the longest sequence, the mythical European kingdom of Carpania. This last-named country is the setting for a wild Prisoner of Zenda spoof involving Professor Fate and his look-alike, the foppish Carpanian king. When Leslie and Fate approach the finish line at the Eiffel Tower, Leslie deliberately loses to prove his love for Maggie. Professor Fate cannot stand winning under these circumstances, thus he demands that he and Leslie race back to New York. The supporting cast includes Peter Falk as Fate's long-suffering flunkey Max, Keenan Wynn as Leslie's faithful general factotum, Dorothy Provine as a brassy saloon singer, Larry Storch as ill-tempered bandit Texas Jack, and Ross Martin as Baron Von Stuppe. The film also yielded a hit song, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's The Sweetheart Tree. The Great Race was dedicated to "Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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