American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard. While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for the Japanese team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard’s estranged wife.
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The racing sequences are as thrilling and daring as one might expect from the director of masterworks like Seconds and The Train, but the dramatic scenes are pure soap opera and kill any momentum the film might have been gaining stone-dead.
John Frankenheimer's first color movie. It's an epic drama with motorsports or Formula One contents. It featured an ensemble international casts. Frankenheimer succeed to give a thrilling racing sequence. Thanks to its amazing cinematography and editing. That makes Grand Prix good. Unfortunately, there's nothing special in its drama. Although he didn't dress up as a samurai, Toshiro Mifune still looks bad-ass...
This is garbage cinema at both its dullest and most bombastic, revolving around a story of men who are either driving cars real fast or negotiating their ownership of women. Frankenheimer's not even a bad director, but there isn't a decent moment in this over-long movie.