Magazine article Variety

High-Octane Racers Rare on H'wood's Film Circuit

Magazine article Variety

High-Octane Racers Rare on H'wood's Film Circuit

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Of the few studio films that have featured Formula One themes, fewer still have won roses at the finish line.

-GRAND PRIX" (1966): Shot throughout the preceding season using actual races and drivers, John Frankenheimers movie, starring James Garner, was generally regarded (before "Senna," at least) as the only half-decent feature ever made about the sport However, the full impact of its thrilling live-action footage was lost with the death of the super widescreen Cinerama format in which it was shot.

"BOBBY DEERRELD" (1977): A curio in the careers of director Sydney Pollack and star Al Pacino, this misfired drama sees Pacino playing a star American driver who falls for a free-spirited European woman who turns out to be terminally ill.

"DRIVEN" (2001): This notorious Renny Harlin-Sylvester Stallone collaboration was supposed to be set on the Formula One circuit. But it was hastily rewritten for ChampCar when they couldn't get sufficient access to the Fl world. The resulting mish-mash was described by critics as the worst car racing movie ever made, and nominated for seven Razzies. …

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