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Grand Prix

James Garner wins all the races from Mon-AR-co to Monza in John Frankenheimer’s virtually plotless excuse to show lots of ’60s racing footage in widescreen (to say nothing of split screen – with up to eight separate frames at once, this is the Holy Grail for split enthusiasts). Also starring, unless we’re very much mistaken, Eva Marie ‘Waterfront’ Saint, Adolfo ‘Borgias’ Celi, a raft of real GP drivers including Brabham, Bandini, Bondurant and of course Graham ‘Brrm! Brrm! Pheep!’ Hill, and your very own Raymond ‘Tomorrow’s’ Baxter.

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  1. Tom

    May 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I always like the random shot of Jim Clark, named no less, halfway through. It’s like they think “Hey, we’ve got to have Jim in it, he’s the best one!” but at the same time it’s worse because they’re saying he does exist in the film’s universe but he’s just so shite he’s never anywhere near the leaders.

  2. Morgan

    August 22, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Severely disturbing scene of the mortality of the 60’s motor racer, rendered ridiculous by previous shoots of a boiler suit stuffed with socks, wearing a crash helmet being slung into a tree in an extreme example of “we spunked the money on locations and cameo parts.” film making.

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