Despite released during Pacino's best years in 1970s, Bobby Deerfield (1977) probably the most underrated and forgotten Al Pacino's film throughout his career. For the first time the film was released on DVD on 2008, and the soundtrack has been unavailable for years. The story panned by critics as an over-the-top melodrama with a plodding storyline.
Bobby Deerfield based on the novel Heaven Has No Favorites ("Der Himmel kennt keine Günstlinge") by Erich Maria Remarque. The film is about American Formula One racer Bobby Deerfield (Al Pacino) on the European circuits, who falls in love with Lillian Morelli (Marthe Keller), a beautiful young woman who racing against her time and lives in death's shadow because of her acute illness. Lillian changes Bobby's life and giving him spirit by teach him about life's possibilities - as the film tagline say: He had to meet her - to find himself!
Bobby Deerfield produced and directed by Sydney Pollack, and the story written by Alvin Sargent. Non-action scenes filmed in Paris Studios Cinéma, Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France. For race scenes, the film features actual footage of the South African GP Formula One in 1976, and features actual Formula One racers, including Brazilian racer José Carlos Pace, Mario Andretti, and James Hunt. The car used by Al Pacino in the movie is a Brabham Alfa Romeo BT-45, which belonged to José Carlos Pace, who actually drove it during the race scenes.