The Great Race
The Great Race (1965)

Tony Curtis stars as The Great Leslie, a hero among heroes whose purity of heart is manifested by his spotlessly white wardrobe. Leslie's great rival, played by Jack Lemmon, is Professor Fate, a scowling, mustachioed, top-hatted,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: July 1, 1965
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Lemmon plays it dirty throughout and for huge effect. Curtis underplays for equally comic effect. Wood comes through on a par with the two male stars.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Comedy masterpiece, and one of the few films to look at votes for women.

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TV Guide

Both panned and praised when it was released, this zany cross-continental romp zooms ahead full throttle for all of its 157 minutes.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's highly inventive, self-conscious camp, made in 1965, well before the genre wore itself out in superciliousness.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Perfect family movie is fun from beginning to end.

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This is one of those spectacular comedy star vehicles which is perfectly watchable on a wet Sunday afternoon but which, looked at from almost any other perspective, is just a waste of celluloid.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A monumentally epic disaster...

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Clint Morris
Tsunami Magazine

Laughs aplenty! Lemmon is hilarious!

Emanuel Levy

Not a great film but one with some funny moments and line of stars.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Edwards
The film does drag on somewhat slowly, it makes up for it for one lone reason and one lone reason only, JACK LEMMON AS PROFESSOR FATE!!! He is so damn funny to… More
Aj V
This race isn't that great, it's predictable and has a lot of stupid jokes. There are some good actors in it, though. Overall, it's okay.
Kevin M. Williams
The fun of this tribute (of sorts) to the old silent films is watching the cast simply live it up. Curtis gets to hero it, Wood gets to sexy all American girl… More
Jens S.
A childhood favorite of mine that still works great nowadays, as aged as it is. It's basically a roadrunner/coyote cartoon with humans racing around the… More
Jennifer D
I didn't know it was a kids movie when I started, but I really, really liked it. Why? Because Jack Lemmon is a comic genius and made me crack up more than… More
Ken Stachnik
A bit long, but overall very fun. Lemmon is fantastic as the villian. Also features films largest pie fight