Genre: Drama, Sport
Year : 1966
Cast overview :
James Garner .... Pete Aron
Eva Marie Saint .... Louise Frederickson
Yves Montand .... Jean-Pierre Sarti
Toshirô Mifune .... Izo Yamura
Brian Bedford .... Scott Stoddard
Jessica Walter .... Pat Stoddard
Antonio Sabato .... Nino Barlini
Françoise Hardy .... Lisa
Adolfo Celi .... Agostini Manetta
Claude Dauphin .... Hugo Simon
Enzo Fiermonte .... Guido
Geneviève Page .... Monique Delvaux-Sarti
Jack Watson .... Jeff Jordan
Donald O’Brien .... Wallace Bennett (as Donal O’Brien)
Jean Michaud .... Children’s father
There’s a few million dollars’ worth of star power and a nickel’s worth of plot in the lavish race-car melodrama Grand Prix. Among the participants in this annual cross-continent competition are characters played by James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford, and Antonio Sabato. Interested parties include Toshiro Mifune (his voice dubbed by Paul Frees), Adolfo Celi, and Claude Dauphin, while the women who agonize on the sidelines include Eva Marie Saint, Jessica Walter, and Françoise Hardy.
American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM 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 Yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard’s estranged wife.
The racing sequences are top-rank, cleverly utilizing those 1960s devices of helicopter angles and multiple screens.
Oscars went to editor Frederic Steinkamp (among others) and the sound-effects supervisor Franklin E. Milton. Filmed on location, Grand Prix made back its cost about half a week into its run.