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The Great Race
United States of America 1965
Director: Blake Edwards
Screenplay: Blake Edwards, Arthur A. Ross
Producer: Dick Crockett, Martin Jurow
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk, Keenan Wynn, Arthur O'Connell, Vivian Vance, Dorothy Provine, Larry Storch, Ross Martin, George Macready, Marvin Kaplan, Hal Smith, Denver Pyle, William Bryant, Ken Wales, Charles E. Fred
Genre: Comedy

Running Time: 150
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Anamorphic Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Thai
Features: Theatrical trailer(s)
All-new 2001 digital transfer
Soundtrack newly restored and remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
Documentary "Behind the Scenes with Blake Edwards's The Great Race" (15 min.)
Widescreen anamorphic format
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 Unrated
DVD Release:  Jun 2002 Discs:  1 (Cloud) []
Reviews:  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.

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