Even though his wife Patricia (Mari Aldon) begs him to quit, racedriver
Peter Wells (Richard Conte) just can't get out of the Formula 1 Grand Prix
Circus, even though his past successes are long behind and to a degree, he
seems to have lost it. When his best friend and teammate Pic (George
Coulouris) dies in an accident in a race, Wells quits the race to be at
Pic's deathbed, but not racing as such - but Guido (Alec Mango), his
fiercest competitor in his own team, seizes the opportunity to persuade
the team owner (Peter Illing) to make him teamleader and give him Wells'
car. Wells on the other hand is given an ultimatum: either he wins the
next race or he's out of the team altogether.
The next race: Guido is in
the lead from the start, but he pushes his car too much so it eventually
dies on him. Wells car on the other hand soon starts losing oil, but he
pushes it through the race and eventually wins against all odds ... but
afterwards, decides to quit racing for good.
A weak, clichéd
sports drama full of appalling dialogue not brought to life by one of
Terence Fisher's worse directorial efforts. Plus, the film's plot as such
lacks any real conflict, and it could have done with a better cast. The
only thing that's really good about this movie are the many authentic
racing scenes in vintage Formula 1 cars - which is nice, but hardly enough
to save the film.