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Encyclopedia > Grand Prix (film)
Grand Prix

Original movie poster
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Produced by Edward Lewis
Written by Robert Alan Aurthur
Starring James Garner
Eva Marie Saint
Yves Montand
ToshirĂ´ Mifune
Music by Maurice Jarre
Release date(s) December 21 1966 (U.S. release)
Running time US: 179 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

Grand Prix is an action film released in 1966. It was directed by John Frankenheimer with music by Maurice Jarre. It starred James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford and Antonio Sabato. ToshirĂ´ Mifune has a supporting role as a race team owner. It was photographed in Super Panavision 70 by Lionel Lindon, and presented in 70 mm Cinerama in premiere engagements. The unique racing cinematography is one of the main draws of the film. Image File history File links GrandPrix_op. ... John Michael Frankenheimer (February 19, 1930 – July 6, 2002) was an American film director. ... James Garner (born Norman, Oklahoma, April 7, 1928) is an American film and television actor of partially Cherokee Indian descent. ... Marie Saint in North by Northwest. ... Yves Montand Yves Montand (October 13, 1921 – November 9, 1991) was a French/Italian actor, born Ivo Livi in Monsummano Alto, Italy. ... Toshiro Mifune in Yojimbo Toshiro Mifune (三船 敏郎 Mifune Toshirō) (April 1, 1920 - December 24, 1997) was a charismatic Japanese actor who appeared in almost 170 feature films. ... Maurice Jarre (born in Lyon, France, September 13, 1924) is a French composer of film scores, noted for his use of the Ondes Martenot, and for the scores of many films including a series of David Lean films, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ryans Daughter (1970) and A... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // Events Top grossing films North America Thunderball Dr. Zhivago Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? That Darn Cat! The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming Academy Awards Best Picture: A Man for All Seasons - Highland, Columbia Best Actor: Paul Scofield - A Man for All Seasons Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... John Michael Frankenheimer (February 19, 1930 – July 6, 2002) was an American film director. ... Maurice Jarre (born in Lyon, France, September 13, 1924) is a French composer of film scores, noted for his use of the Ondes Martenot, and for the scores of many films including a series of David Lean films, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ryans Daughter (1970) and A... James Garner (born Norman, Oklahoma, April 7, 1928) is an American film and television actor of partially Cherokee Indian descent. ... Marie Saint in North by Northwest. ... Yves Montand Yves Montand (October 13, 1921 – November 9, 1991) was a French/Italian actor, born Ivo Livi in Monsummano Alto, Italy. ... Brian Bedford is an English actor, he is most famous as the voice of Robin Hood in the 1973 movie. ... Toshiro Mifune in Yojimbo Toshiro Mifune (三船 敏郎 Mifune Toshirō) (April 1, 1920 - December 24, 1997) was a charismatic Japanese actor who appeared in almost 170 feature films. ... Super Panavision 70 was the marketing brand used to identify movies photographed with Panavision 65mm cameras and spherical optics between 1959 and 1970. ... Cinerama is the trademarked name for a widescreen process which works by simultaneously projecting images from three synchronized 35 mm projectors onto a huge, deeply-curved screen, subtending 146° of arc, and for the corporation which was formed to market it. ...


Although not a big commercial success, Grand Prix did win Academy Awards for Best Effects, Best Editing and Best Sound in 1967 and gained cult status among racing fans.


The film was released on DVD on July 11, 2006. This article is becoming very long. ... July 11 is the 192nd day (193rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 173 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Plot summary

The film follows the fate of four Formula One drivers through a fictionalised version of the 1966 Grand Prix season: Formula One - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...

  • Jean-Pierre Sarti (played by Montand) - a Frenchman, previously twice world champion, who is nearing the end of his career.
  • Pete Aron (played by Garner) - an American, who is on the come-back trail.
  • Scott Stoddard (played by Bedford) - a Scotsman, recuperating from an almost fatal crash, and trying to emulate the success of his older brother.
  • Nino Barlini (played by Sabato) - an Italian, who is a promising rookie.

Sub-plots revolve around the women who try to live with these men with such dangerous life-styles.


Trivia

  • The F1 cars in the movie are mostly mocked-up Formula 3 cars made to look like contemporary F1 models, although the film also used footage from actual F1 races. Some of this was captured by Phil Hill, the 1961 World Champion, who drove modified camera cars in some sessions during the 1966 Monaco and Belgian Grands Prix. This was some of the earliest experimentation with in-car cameras for Formula 1.
  • Pete Aron's helmet is the one used by perenially luckless New Zealander Chris Amon; Scott Stoddard's is that of Scottish driver Jackie Stewart, who also drove for BRM at the time. Two times World Champion Graham Hill appears as the minor character Bob Turner. Jim Clark and Guy Ligier are among those seen in archive footage.
  • More coincidentally, in 1991 Eddie Jordan would set up a Jordan Grand Prix team. When the team were hunting for an engine deal in late 1992, mischievous rumours were circulated that the team would be linking up with the short-lived BRM sports car prototype, which would have resulted in a Jordan-BRM team, as in the film. There was however a more realistic Jordan-BRM outfit: in the late 1970s, after the demise of the BRM team, the late John Jordan, a club-level racing driver, purchased many of their assets, and financed the build of the 'P230' model (for racing in the Aurora AFX British national F1 series; arguably these cars were Jordan-BRMs!
  • Brian Bedford was rumoured to have been chosen for his physical resemblance to Jim Clark, although the Lotus team does not appear in the film. This is believed to be because various teams including Lotus were involved with a rival John Sturges project. In a scene set at the Stoddart family home, Scott Stoddart sits in his late brother Roger's old car - a Lotus 16 ("Roger had some great days in this") - and there is a specially-commissioned Michael Turner painting of Roger winning the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in a similar Lotus on the wall. The chances of the early front-engined Formula 2-based Lotus cars winning a Grand Prix were minimal!
  • Several different cars had to be used as the Yamuras during the filming. McLaren were originally going to run two cars in 1966, one for Bruce McLaren and one for Chris Amon (whose name and helmet provided inspiration for Pete Aron), but the Ford engine available to the team was inadequate; Amon never entered any races for McLaren, so Bruce wore a Chris Amon helmet (with the blue and red stripes reversed) that year; even Bruce missed some races due to the car's lack of performance and other cars such as Bob Bondurant's BRM were painted in 'Yamura' colours. (Bruce had originally intended his cars to be green on top and silver below the waist in 1966, with a broad yellow stripe separating green and silver; the film makers convinced him to paint them white to look "Japanese". The original poster for the 1966 German Grand Prix features a McLaren in the green/silver livery)
  • The Murasama car, which was the stand-in for the Honda in the game Grand Prix Legends, is painted white with a dark grey stripe and nose, similar to the Yamura in the film (which was the stand-in for Honda in the movie).
  • The level of driving ability of the stars varied wildly - Bedford couldn't drive at all, Sabato was very slow and nervous, Montand himself scared very easily early in filming and was often towed rather than driving the car, but Garner was highly competent and took up racing and entering cars as a result of his involvement in the film.
  • There was a joke campaign to nominate Graham Hill for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as 'Bob Turner'. This parallels the contemporaneous 'Dan Gurney for President' stickers.
  • Almost thirty years later, this film provided the main inspiration for the racing simulator Grand Prix Legends, which was released in 1998. Like its cinematic counterpart, this also proved no commercial blockbuster but gained popularity among racing fans due to its emphasis on racing realism.

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James Garner: Grand Prix - Movie (1223 words)
She played Kitty, the American visitor to Israel, and sometimes in GRAND PRIX she seems to be channeling all of "Kitty's" mannerisms, for both parts allow the US viewer to somehow enter, through her eyes, a complicated and complex European social system we might otherwise fail to register with.
The film comments on how the characters struggle to balance their personal lives with the demands of an increasingly voracious public clamoring for a vicarious thrill (much like we as viewers crave being a part of the exciting racing action depicted in the film).
Like, a previous viewer - I was privileged to see GRAND PRIX several times during its initial release (in my case at the Cinerama dome in Hollywood) where the 70 mm Cinerama print, the projection, the sound, and the screen allowed the optimal presentation of the film.
Grand Prix (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1018 words)
Grand Prix is an action film released in 1966.
The Murasama car, which was the stand-in for the Honda in the game Grand Prix Legends, is painted white with a dark grey stripe and nose, similar to the Yamura in the film (which was the stand-in for Honda in the movie).
Almost thirty years later, this film provided the main inspiration for the racing simulator Grand Prix Legends, which was released in 1998.
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