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The Great Race (1965)



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A large-scale parody of all types of adventure films, particularly the race and roadster flicks of the silent era, The Great Race has, deliberately, every cliche in the book, from the gleaming hero in white, to the evil villain and his sidekick in black, to saloon fights, sword fights, and pie fights. It's got it all, and unlike many films that attempt large-scale parody, this one delivers. It's riotous, silly fun from start to finish. Jack Lemmon steals his scenes with his hysterical portrayal of the badguy, who also has many of the best lines.