The Great Race

Trivia: Not a mistake, just a fact. Exactly 2,357 pies were used in the big pie fight.

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Trivia: Natalie Wood attempted suicide during the making of The Great Race.

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Trivia: The Leslie Special was built up from several motorcars, but is mainly based on a 1907 Thomas Flyer.

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Trivia: The name 'DuBois', the character played by Natalie Wood, actually means 'Wood' in French.

Trivia: The stage in Baracho that Dorthy Provine is on is the same stage Lily Von Shtupp is on in Blazing Saddles. (01:00:00)

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Revealing mistake: When Leslie is fighting the soldiers, one soldier hits a second soldier with his rifle. The rifle can be seen to bend around the soldier's body and then straighten again. (02:12:10)

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Max: Rise and shine, Professor.
Professor Fate: You rise! You shine.

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Question: How exactly did Leslie initially intend on crossing the Bering or Chuchki Sea from Alaska into Russia? I know he and Professor Fate end up floating on a large mass of ice to do so, but that's not exactly something you can plan for.

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Chosen answer: The cars and drivers were supposed to make the trip by ship from North America across the Bering Strait to a Russian port, where they would resume the race. As it happened, Leslie and Fate were stranded in a blizzard on the North American side before they reached the ship. The ice beneath their cars unexpectedly broke away and drifted across the Bering Strait, improbably arriving at the intended destination port in Russia. As they drift into port, we see Leslie's right-hand man, Hezekiah, waving at them from the Russian dock, which is only possible if Hezekiah made the journey by the very ship that Leslie and Fate missed.

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