...Pacino plays the title character, Bobby Deerfield;
a reckless race car driver. As his fame grows, Bobby becomes increasingly full of himself, which seriously jeopardizes his
performance on the track and his private life. Marthe Keller plays Bobby's aristocratic, enigmatic lady friend, whose tragic
secret sets the stage for several tear-stained setpieces. Also on hand is Ann Duperey as a racetrack groupie. Originally released
at 124 minutes, Bobby Deerfield was pared down to 99 minutes by director Pollack for cable-TV consumption.
**Plot description by ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Deerfield buries his feelings and forgets his past until a reckless
and passionate woman (Marthe Keller) who also lives in death's shadow shows him life's possibilities to the fullest.
***The race car used by Al Pacino in the movie is a Brabham Alfa Romeo BT-45, which belonged to
the Brazilian Racer Josť Carlos Pace, who actually drove it during the race (South African Grand Prix, in 1976) scenes.
Did you know....Al Pacino didn't know
how to drive a car prior to this film. He had to take driving lessons before he was able to drive in the race car scenes.
scenes shot in France
and Italy make this film even more romantic
as well. As Pacino said during the filming of Bobby Deerfield, "I might have been closer to that character, what he was
going through, than any character I've played".
is something in the film that convincingly suggests a yearning for passion and experience even at the great cost of loss,
and Pacino's portrayal of a man who steps out of his car and onto the collective bus of ordinary sorrow is rather moving.
--Tom Keogh film review
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