Bobby Deerfield is a 1977 film based on the novel Heaven Has No Favorites ("Der Himmel kennt keine Günstlinge") by Erich Maria Remarque, and stars Al Pacino as the title character. The film costars Marthe Keller and was directed by Sidney Pollack.
Formula One auto racer Bobby Deerfield is a calculating, control-obsessed loner who has become used to winning the checkered flag on the track. But after he witnesses a fiery crash that kills a teammate and seriously wounds a competitor, Deerfield becomes unsettled by the spectre of death.
During a visit to the survivor, Deerfield's world is further set askew when he meets Lillian Morelli (Marthe Keller), a quirky, impulsive woman racing against time.
Critics panned Bobby Deerfield as an over-the-top melodrama with a plodding story line; audiences reportedly laughed at scenes intended to be dramatic.
Race-film fans, expecting another Grand Prix or Le Mans, were disappointed that the story did not play out on the race track; however, the...