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149 Ratings

The Great Race

Directed by Blake Edwards
United States, 1965


Comedy about an early 20th century car race across three continents.

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The Great Race Directed by Blake Edwards

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1966 | Winner: Best Effects, Sound Effects

1966 | 4 nominations including: Best Cinematography, Color

Writers Guild of America

1966 | Nominee: Best Written American Comedy (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1966 | 4 nominations including: Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Critics reviews

Frank Tashlin may have been more original, Jerry Lewis more outrageous, Woody Allen and Mel Brooks more intellectual, but there’s a case to be made for Blake Edwards (1922-2010) as the pre-eminent Hollywood comedy director of his generation… A live-action cartoon, full of jokey names (a lustful Baron von Stuppe, a Western town called Boracho), “The Great Race” is surprisingly light on its feet.
October 02, 2014
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Blake Edwards’s parody of/tribute to slapstick comedy is obscenely overlong and insistently hammy, but so what? It’s highly inventive, self-conscious camp, made in 1965, well before the genre wore itself out in superciliousness.
January 01, 1980
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The film is disappointing enough; yet The Great Race is the film of which Edwards has been dreaming for a very long time, the pure animated cartoon that the earlier films foretold. Was he wrong to tend always more towards the cartoon? …Edwards, who always liked lightness and unconstraint in his characters, this time wanted them insipid and inconsistent, less important than their colours, their costumes, their machines.
January 01, 1966
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