Grand Prix: Anniversary Celebration Of Frankenstein’s Masterpiece–Best Movie Ever Made about Racing

We have added Grand Prix to our List of Masterpieces

The 40th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition Debuts on DVD July 11, 2006 Warner Home Video’s Special Edition Has Four Never-Before-Seen Featurettes and the Archival Documentary Grand Prix: Challenge of the Champions, Plus a New Digital Transfer From Restored 65mm Elements and Soundtrack Remastered In Dolby Digital 5.1.


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Theatrical release poster

One of the greatest racing spectacles ever to reach the motion picture screen starring James Garner will debut on DVD July 11: Grand Prix: 40th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition from Warner Home Video.

John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate, Birdman of Alcatraz, Ronin) directs a superb international cast in this epic saga of four Formula 1 race car drivers gunning for glory on tracks around the world. Filled with high-octane excitement and authenticity, the film won three Academy Awards for Editing, Sound and Sound Effects.

The Special Edition boasts four never-before-seen featurettes, the archival documentary Grand Prix: Challenge of the Champions (taking viewers behind-the-scenes of ’60s racing), a new digital transfer from restored 65mm elements and a remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

Heading the all-star cast are James Garner (Move Over, Darling, The Notebook), Eva Marie Saint (North by Northwest, On the Waterfront), Yves Montand (Let’s Make Love, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), Toshir√¥ Mifune (Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood), Brian Bedford (Nixon), Jessica Walter (Play Misty for Me, TV’s “Arrested Development”), Antonio Sabato (Desert Warrior), Francoise Hardy (Masculine-Feminine), Claude Dauphin (Barbarella) and Genevieve Page (Belle de Jour).

Grand Prix was shot in stunning locations throughout France, Italy, Monaco, England and Belgium at a series of races, winding up at the British Grand Prix, where glory awaits one champion and tragedy another. The film also offers a rare glimpse inside the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.

The split-screen images in Grand Prix capture the overlapping drama involved in racing and you-are-there POV camerawork intensifies the hard-driving thrills.

Nearly 30 top drivers of the day took part in the excitement.

Special Features Disc One · New Digital Transfer from Restored 65mm Elements with a Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 · Theatrical Trailer

Disc Two Four new never-before-seen documentaries: ¬ß Pushing the Limit: The Making of Grand Prix – 40th Anniversary Making-of documentary ¬ß Flat Out: Formula One in the Sixties- A history of Formula One racing in the sixties ¬ß The Style and Sound of Speed – A look at the style of Saul Bass and the film’s sound design ¬ß Brands Hatch: Behind the Checkered Flag – Behind the scenes tour of the famous raceway used in the movie ¬ß Grand Prix: Challenge of the Champions – 1960’s Featurette behind-the-scenes at the Grand Prix ¬ß Speed Channel Promo Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.


James Garner as Pete Aron
Yves Montand as Jean-Pierre Sarti
Brian Bedford as Scott Stoddard
Antonio Sabàto as Nino Barlini
Toshiro Mifune as Izo Yamura
Paul Frees as Yamura’s voice
Adolfo Celi as Agostino Manetta
Claude Dauphin as Hugo Simon
Jack Watson as Jeff Jordan
Donald O’Brien as Wallace Bennett
Albert Rémy as a field doctor
Eva Marie Saint as Louise Frederickson
Jessica Walter as Pat Stoddard
Françoise Hardy as Lisa
Enzo Fiermonte as Guido
Geneviève Page as Monique Delvaux-Sarti
Rachel Kempson as Mrs. Stoddard
Ralph Michael as Mr. Stoddard


Directed by John Frankenheimer
Written by Robert Alan Aurthur
Produced by Edward Lewis
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Edited by Fredric Steinkamp, Henry Berman, Stewart Linder, Frank Santillo
Music by Maurice Jarre

Production companies: Joel Productions; John Frankenheimer Productions; Cherokee Productions

Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Release date: December 21, 1966

Running time: 179 minutes
Budget $9 million
Box office $20.8 million