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Le Mans (1971)

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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Siegfried Rauch ...
Erich Stahler
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Lisa Belgetti
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David Townsend
Fred Haltiner ...
Johann Ritter
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Claude Aurac
Christopher Waite ...
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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
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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 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! See more »


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23 June 1971 (USA)  »

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Las 24 horas de Le Mans  »

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$7,573,797 (estimated)
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Trivia

While there is a great deal of actual footage from the 1970 race in June, most of the movie was filmed at the same location a couple of months later. See more »

Goofs

While the track announcements are given in both French and English at the beginning of the race (and movie), throughout the rest of the movie they are in English only, which would not occur at Le Mans. See more »

Quotes

David Townsend: Michael, I want you to drive flat out. I want Porsche to win Le Mans.
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Connections

Featured in Then She Found Me (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Race, First Laps
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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Discovering racing was never more fun. Speed Thrills!
26 June 1999 | by (Pensacola, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film has excellent footage of the Porsche 917's that made some fine racing history in the early 1970's. The car did what cars never did before. This film had the best edited work I have seen. The plot was slow and buried in the flow of the race drama. The slow motion crash scenes of this film were ultra-entertaining. It was sad that Actor Steve McQueen went bankrupt creating this film and had to sell off his interests in this film to climb out of debt. Some scenes from this film have been borrowed for use in other high speed entertainment, such as Hardcastle & McCormik.

The Porsche 917's were tops in their day. Only McLaurens F-1's approach the caliber of the 917 in performance. Here are the 917 car's stats: H-12 turbocharged; 1100 BHP; 0-60 in 2.3 seconds; 0-100 in 4.3 seconds, and a top speed exceeding 238 mph - right out of Guinness Book of world records-1971/2. If you would like to discover racing and see how racing teams are coached, and high speed competition is managed, this film is for you.


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