History Trivia / TheGreatRace

9th Jan '18 9:02:19 AM ClintEastwood
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* ActorAllusion: Maggie DuBois says she can speak French, Russian and Arabic. Creator/NatalieWood was of Russian descent (her real name is Natasha Gurdin) and spoke fluent Russian.

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* ActorAllusion: Maggie DuBois [=DuBois=] says she can speak French, Russian and Arabic. Creator/NatalieWood was of Russian descent (her real name is Natasha Gurdin) and spoke fluent Russian.Russian.
* TheCastShowoff: The film has an example that is perhaps too ''brief'' as we only hear the character of Maggie - who is [[ChekhovsSkill established as being fluent in Russian]] as Creator/NatalieWood was in real life - speaking ''one'' mere sentence in Russian while addressing and winning over the sinister Russian villagers.
9th Jan '18 8:55:31 AM ClintEastwood
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* ActorAllusion: Maggie DuBois says she can speak French, Russian and Arabic. Creator/NatalieWood was of Russian descent (her real name is Natasha Gurdin) and spoke fluent Russian.
* ContractualObligationProject: Creator/NatalieWood didn't want to be in the film, but Warner talked her into it. Wood was unhappy with her career and her personal life, having recently divorced from Robert Wagner in April 1962. Warner asked Creator/TonyCurtis if he would give a percentage of his film royalties to Wood, as an enticement, but Curtis refused. He said, "I couldn't give her anything to make her ''want'' to do the movie." Instead of more money, Warner promised Wood that if she completed ''The Great Race'', she could star in ''Inside Daisy Clover'', a role she greatly wished to have. Wood agreed, thinking that filming would be brief on Edwards' movie.



* HostilityOnTheSet: Creator/TonyCurtis and Creator/NatalieWood had previously costarred on twice ('King's Go Forth and ''Sex and the Single Girl'') and had a very acrimonious relationship. Part of the reason that Wood was unhappy on the film was that she felt she was being sexually harassed by both Curtis and Creator/JackLemmon.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/CharltonHeston was originally offered the role of The Great Leslie. He considered it a "funny script" but had to turn the part down when the production schedule for ''Film/TheAgonyAndTheEcstasy'' was delayed.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/CharltonHeston was originally offered the role of The Great Leslie. He considered it a "funny script" but had to turn the part down when the production schedule for ''Film/TheAgonyAndTheEcstasy'' was delayed. Creator/BurtLancaster was announced at one stage.
9th Jan '18 8:44:05 AM ClintEastwood
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* BigBudgetBeefUp: While crafted as a loving tribute to the often-dirt cheap medium of silent film, the sheer scale, ambition, and length of Edwards' story made the film, at the time, the most expensive comedy in history (roughly $90 million when adjusted for inflation).[[note]]Part of this was due to contractual negotiations; after Curtis's agent got him signed for $25,000 more than Lemmon and Wood, he proceeded to then advocate for them to all be paid equally.[[/note]]



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/CharltonHeston was originally offered the role of The Great Leslie. He considered it a "funny script" but had to turn the part down when the production schedule for ''The Agony and the Ecstasy'' (1965) was delayed.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/CharltonHeston was originally offered the role of The Great Leslie. He considered it a "funny script" but had to turn the part down when the production schedule for ''The Agony and the Ecstasy'' (1965) ''Film/TheAgonyAndTheEcstasy'' was delayed.
5th Aug '17 11:33:09 PM Statzkeen
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* EnforcedMethodActing: When Professor Fate uses the railroad rocket-car for his second stunt, depending on who you ask either Blake Edwards decided not to tell the extras just how large of a pyrotechnic load was packed in the engine, or he didn't realize it himself. When the crowd scatters, what you see is genuine shock and terror on the faces of the extras.
17th May '17 6:37:36 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/CharltonHeston was originally offered the role of The Great Leslie. He considered it a "funny script" but had to turn the part down when the production schedule for ''The Agony and the Ecstasy'' (1965) was delayed.
5th Mar '17 10:31:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* ThoseTwoActors: Creator/TonyCurtis and Creator/NatalieWood in their third (and final) film together, and Curtis and Creator/JackLemmon in their second of two. Although, ask anyone to name a Tony Curtis/Jack Lemmon film, they'll probably think of [[SomeLikeItHot the other one]].

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* ThoseTwoActors: Creator/TonyCurtis and Creator/NatalieWood in their third (and final) film together, and Curtis and Creator/JackLemmon in their second of two. Although, ask anyone to name a Tony Curtis/Jack Lemmon film, they'll probably think of [[SomeLikeItHot [[Film/SomeLikeItHot the other one]].
28th Nov '16 2:00:11 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* NonSingingVoice: Robin Ward sang "The Sweetheart Tree" instead of Natalie Wood. Wood sang "My Country 'tis of Thee" herself earlier on...you can tell because she sounds off-key.

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* NonSingingVoice: Robin Ward sang "The Sweetheart Tree" instead of Natalie Wood.Creator/NatalieWood. Wood sang "My Country 'tis of Thee" herself earlier on...you can tell because she sounds off-key.



* ThoseTwoActors: Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood in their third (and final) film together, and Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in their second of two. Although, ask anyone to name a Tony Curtis/Jack Lemmon film, they'll probably think of [[SomeLikeItHot the other one]].

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* ThoseTwoActors: Tony Curtis Creator/TonyCurtis and Natalie Wood Creator/NatalieWood in their third (and final) film together, and Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon Creator/JackLemmon in their second of two. Although, ask anyone to name a Tony Curtis/Jack Lemmon film, they'll probably think of [[SomeLikeItHot the other one]].
8th Aug '16 6:41:45 PM DuckDuckNoose
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* DuelingWorks: The far more commercially and critically successful ''Film/ThoseMagnificentMenInTheirFlying_Machines'' had been released not a month prior by Fox, which hurt the film in both departments (though it still made over double its budget at the box office).

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* DuelingWorks: The far more commercially and critically successful ''Film/ThoseMagnificentMenInTheirFlying_Machines'' ''Film/ThoseMagnificentMenInTheirFlyingMachines'' had been released not a month prior by Fox, which hurt the film in both departments (though it still made over double its budget at the box office).
8th Aug '16 6:41:36 PM DuckDuckNoose
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* BigBudgetBeefUp: While crafted as a loving tribute to the often-dirt cheap medium of silent film, the sheer scale, ambition, and length of Edwards' story made the film, at the time, the most expensive comedy in history (roughly $90 million when adjusted for inflation).[[note]]Part of this was due to contractual negotiations; after Curtis's agent got him signed for $25,000 more than Lemmon and Wood, he proceeded to then advocate for them to all be paid equally.[[/note]]
* DuelingWorks: The far more commercially and critically successful ''Film/ThoseMagnificentMenInTheirFlying_Machines'' had been released not a month prior by Fox, which hurt the film in both departments (though it still made over double its budget at the box office).
14th Apr '14 7:54:26 PM ZeroWizard
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* ThoseTwoActors: Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood in their third (and final) film together, and Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in their second of two. Although, ask anyone to name a Tony Curtis/Jack Lemmon film, they'll probably think of [[SomeLikeItHot the other one]].
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