The Great Race

Year: 1965
Director: Blake Edwards
Writer: Blake Edwards
Cast: Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk
One of the first films to get me interested in the movies, it was such an ensemble, such a mutli-faceted plot, so many funny and cartoonish characters. In fact it wasn't until I grew up I realised just what a kids' movie it was.

I remember almost no details other than that it was about an epic car race made up of the most unlikely types, complete with archetypal dashing hero, beautiful heroine and dastardly villain ('Push the button, Max').

In fact, I'm sure it was at least partly the inspiration for The Wacky Races, the Hanna/Barbera cartoon of later years with much the same characters; Penelope Pitstop, Dastardly Dan and Muttley.

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