Le Mans (1971)

G  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  23 June 1971 (USA)
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Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the world's hardest endurance course: Le Mans in France. The race goes over 24 hours on 14.5 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Siegfried Rauch ...
Erich Stahler
Elga Andersen ...
Lisa Belgetti
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
David Townsend
Fred Haltiner ...
Johann Ritter
Claude Aurac
Christopher Waite ...
Louise Edlind ...
Mrs. Anna Ritter
Angelo Infanti ...
Lugo Abratte
Jean-Claude Bercq ...
Paul-Jacques Dion
Michele Scalera ...
Vito Scaliso
Gino Cassani ...
Loretto Fuselli
Alfred Bell ...
Tommy Hopkins
Carlo Cecchi ...
Paolo Scadenza
Richard Rüdiger ...
Bruno Frohm


Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the world's hardest endurance course: Le Mans in France. The race goes over 24 hours on 14.5 kilometers of cordoned country road. Every few hours the two drivers per car alternate - but it's still a challenge for concentration and material. In the focus is the duel between the German Stahler in Ferrari 512LM and the American Delaney in Gulf Team Porsche 917. Delaney is under extraordinary pressure, because the year before he caused a severe accident, in which his friend Lisa's husband was killed. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Steve McQueen takes you for a drive in the country. The country is France. The drive is at 200 MPH!


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Release Date:

23 June 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As 24 Horas de Le Mans  »

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$7,573,797 (estimated)


SEK 1,198,030 (Sweden)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Sturges was originally hired to direct, but left the project due to Steve McQueen interfering in almost everything. He was replaced by Lee H. Katzin. See more »


The main accident scene has at least four cars involved, but only the important two are mentioned by the track announcer. See more »


David Townsend: Michael, I want you to drive flat out. I want Porsche to win Le Mans.
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Referenced in Drained (2006) See more »

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The best racing film ever
30 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The best racing film ever! Steve Mcqueen is so believable in this film which is nearly a documentary of the 24 hours of Le mans and the drivers who race in it. He portrays the American Michael Delaney who goes head to head with the champion German driver Erich Stahler in a battle between two race car manufacturers- Porsche and Ferrari. This film Gives great insight of a drivers life and what he goes through before, during, and after the race. And it seems so realistic, but that is because it is- nowadays nearly all of these shots would be computer animated or green screen or CGI- but they really did this, in fact a stuntman was killed in the making of it, and the fact that these are real cars at real speed lends to it's authenticity. If you like cars and haven't seen this movie- go see it.

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