The Great Race

The Great Race
The Great Race
  • UR
  • 2h 40m
  • 1965
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Academy Award winner Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood star in a slapstick farce about a 22,000-mile road race from New York to Paris set in 1908. Dastardly, black-garbed Dr. Fate (Lemmon) dares the world's greatest hero, The Great Leslie (Curtis), to the race across the Wild West, through frozen Alaska and into the Kingdom of Carpania. Fate sets a series of nefarious traps for Leslie, but neither plans on the indefatigable suffragette Maggie DuBois--the object of both Leslie's and Fate's affection--to enter the race, determined to strike a blow for feminism.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Variety Staff

Lemmon plays it dirty throughout and for huge effect. Curtis underplays for equally comic effect....

June 21, 2017
Reel Film Reviews
David Nusair

A monumentally epic disaster...

June 25, 2017
Classic Film and Television
Michael E. Grost

Comedy masterpiece, and one of the few films to look at votes for women.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Perfect family movie is fun from beginning to end.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Great Race has some slapstick violence, and one character drinks too much. The reporter played by Natalie Wood is something of a caricature of feminism, more committed to shocking people than to any thoughtful concept of equality. But she has an unquenchable spirit, and she's courageous and resilient.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Action
  • Release Date:October 22, 1965
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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