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Blake Edwards' The Great Race by Blake Edwards

The Great Leslie, whose full name is Leslie Gallant III, is a wealthy daredevil and showman who is famed for such things as setting speed records and performing escape feats worthy of Harry Houdini. Deliciously devilish Professor Fate is Leslie's nemesis, whose own daredevil shows usually end in failure or at least embarrassment. Leslie has the respect and admiration of businessmen and the media, while Fate sulks behind the walls of his dark mansion and is not taken seriously in general; hence, he bears an eternal grudge against his white-suited rival. On several occasions, Fate attempts to sabotage Leslie's stunts, but each attempt backfires and he ends up a victim of his own scheme instead.

Leslie proposes that the Webber Motor Company promote its brand-new open-top tourer by sponsoring, entering and (hopefully) winning a race from New York to Paris. Fate is at pains not only to build his own supercar, the Hannibal 8 (complete with features reminiscent of James Bond's movie cars), but also to sabotage Leslie's preparations. Meanwhile, the editor of New York City's most prominent newspaper--The Sentinel--is cajoled by Maggie DuBois, a young female photojournalist and suffragette, into entering a car with her as the driver, since her previous attempts to insinuate herself into either Leslie's or Fate's cars have failed.

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Garth Jennings 25% 
  2. 2. Tony Robinson 25% 
  3. 3. Tim Burton 25% 
  4. 4. Shawn Levy 25% 

Cast Results

Professor Fate/Prince Hapnick Total Votes: 8

  1. 1. Johnny Depp 25% 
  2. 2. Robert Downey Jr. 25% 
  3. 3. Rowan Atkinson 12% 
  4. 4. Sacha Baron Cohen 12% 
  5. 5. Steve Coogan 12% 
  6. 6. Tom Hiddleston 12% 

Maggie DuBois Total Votes: 6

  1. 1. Zooey Deschanel 33% 
  2. 2. Keira Knightley 16% 
  3. 3. Winona Ryder 16% 
  4. 4. Marion Cotillard 16% 
  5. 5. Megan Fox 16% 

Leslie Gallant III ("The Great Leslie") Total Votes: 8

  1. 1. Ewan McGregor 25% 
  2. 2. Asa Butterfield 25% 
  3. 3. Orlando Bloom 12% 
  4. 4. Jeremy Northam 12% 
  5. 5. George Clooney 12% 
  6. 6. Nathan Fillion 12% 

Maximillian 'Max' Meen Total Votes: 5

  1. 1. Andy Serkis 40% 
  2. 2. Keanu Reeves 20% 
  3. 3. Tony Robinson 20% 
  4. 4. Topher Grace 20% 

Hezekiah Sturdy Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Jeff Bridges 100% 

Lily Olay Total Votes: 0

  1. No Votes

Texas Jack Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Will Ferrell 100% 

Henry Goodbody Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. John Cleese 100% 

Hester Goodbody Total Votes: 0

  1. No Votes

Baron Rolfe von Stuppe Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Kenneth Branagh 33% 
  2. 2. Rufus Sewell 33% 
  3. 3. Richard Armitage 33% 

Frisbee Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Steve Carell 100% 

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