Grand Prix deals with the fortunes of a number of race car drivers Romanced during the 1966 formula one season. The film played by James Garner, Eva Marie Saint,Yves Montand, Brian Bedford and Antonio Sabàto. Toshiro Mifune has a on Soichiro Honda -inspired role as owner of a formula one team. The film includes authentic footage of formula one races. There are also several famous race car drivers in front, including Phil Hill, Graham Hill, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark, Jochen Rindt, Jack Brabham, Richie Ginther and Bruce McLaren. The music in the film was composed by Maurice Jarre. Although the film was not a major box office success in 1967, he wonAcademy Awards for Best Sound Effects, Best Film Editing and Best Sound. Among lovers of the formula 1 Grand Prix gained a certain cult status. In 2006, the film was also released on dvd and hd-dvd.
The formula 1 cars in the film were for the most part converted formula threecars, all that footage was also used in real F1 races was shot. Part of it was recorded in 1966 during the Monaco GP and the GP of Belgium by Phil Hill, F1 world champion in 1961. Custom camera-cars used for this purpose, one of the first experiments in this area within the formula 1.
In the driving skills of the actors were major differences. Bedford Sabàto was nervous and could barely drive and slow. After a near-accident during the first film dared to drive, on which no longer hard for Montand him a special car was created that was dragged. Garner was an excellent driver, which in mini-races during recording breaks sometimes outperformed the contracted professional drivers.
- James Garner: Pete Aron
- Eva Marie Saint: Louise Frederickson
- Yves Montand: Jean-Pierre Sarti
- Toshirô Mifune: Izo Strapless (voice of Paul Frees)
- 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