Grand Prix

Synopsis: American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard. While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for the Japanese Yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard's estranged wife.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): John Frankenheimer
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 3 Oscars. Another 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
176 min

The drivers are all on the grid now, and

the Monaco Grand Prix is about to start.

There's Scott Stoddard

with his Jordan BRM.

And with him now, is Jeff Jordan himself,

talking to this brilliant English driver...

... who's won so many races

in the dark-green BRMs.

Even faster than Stoddard in practice,

was the Frenchman, Jean-Pierre Sarti.

Twice world champion, an absolute master

of these twisting Monte Carlo streets...

... he's won the Grand Prix here

three times.

He drives for the great Italian manufacturer,


His teammate is the Sicilian, Nino Barlini,

who's also won a place on the front row.

Barlini's the former world champion


... who made a very successful switch

to car racing last year...

... and is certainly a potential

world champion in Formula 1 racing.

On the second row, is Pete Aron,

the American, now driving for BRM.

Pete hasn't won a Grand Prix since

he left Ferrari three seasons ago.

But in spite of two bad accidents last year,

he's still just as fast as ever.

Yesterday he lapped only a tenth slower

than Scott Stoddard...

... number one driver in the BRM team.

Let's try and get the season

off to a good start. Shall we?

Drive the car, don't try

to stand it on its bloody ear.

Tim Randolph, another American, driving

a Japanese Yamura, also on the second row.

This team's only been in Formula 1 racing

for two years...

... and so far the car's not been

reliable enough to win a Grand Prix.

But the Japanese have

the most powerful engines of all.

Ten seconds.




...two, one.


Ste. Devote,

then Sarti in the lead.

From Stoddard, Aron, Hulme,

Anderson and Randolph.

Stoddard's drawing level with Sarti

up the hill. He's going to overtake him.

Now, it's Sarti in the red Ferrari,

number 17 leading...

... past the Hotel de Paris

and into the Casino Square.

Along the seafront, at the tobacconist...

... it's Sarti's red Ferrari ahead of

Stoddard's green BRM number 12.

As they finish the first lap, it's Sarti first,

Stoddard second, Aron third...

... and fourth now

is Barlini's Ferrari, number 16.

I used to think nothing

could be better than motorbike racing.

Three times I'm awarded champion

on my motorbike. I'm happy.

Then I go into one of these...

These cars... You sit in a box, a coffin.

Gasoline all around you.

It is like being inside a bomb.


But, of course, the cars are faster.

And that is the most important thing.

You have to remember that at Monte Carlo,

because of the nature of the circuit... shift gears over 2600 times

during the race.

That's an average of once

every three seconds.

No reason to expect gearbox trouble.

On the other hand, potential problems

are in the back of your mind all the time.

I've driven this course six times before...

...the way I see it, I've only got

three big problems today, and that's:

Two Ferraris starting ahead of me

and my own teammate, Scott Stoddard.

Walking the course is just about the last

thing I'd do on the morning of a race.

It's become a bit of a thing with me.

I do a lot of thinking...

... collecting my thoughts about how I'll

run the race, all that sort of thing.

Of course, it originated with my brother,

Roger. He used to do the same thing.

As a matter of fact, before I started racing

I often used walk the course with him.

The funny thing about Roger,

you know...

...the day he was killed, he hadn't walked

the circuit for some reason or another.

I suppose I'm rather superstitious

about that.

I love the challenge of Monaco.

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Robert Alan Aurthur

Robert Alan Aurthur (June 10, 1922 – November 20, 1978) was an American screenwriter, director and producer. more…

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