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
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 <>

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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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Release Date:

23 June 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las 24 horas de Le Mans  »

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$7,573,797 (estimated)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Piper lost his leg because of a deep cut caused during a crash. Brake fluid and other debris got into the the deep cut, which caused an infection and the need to amputate the leg. See more »


During a night pit stop, you can see the breaths of McQueen and his manager, even though the race takes place in June. This may have been due to the movie shoot running well past schedule, ending in November. See more »


Michael Delaney: This isn't just a thousand to one shot. This is a professional bloodsport. And it can happen to you. And then it can happen to you again.
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Referenced in Viktor Vogel - Commercial Man (2001) See more »


A Face In The Crowd
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
Sung by Peggy Taylor Woodard (as Taylor Woodard)
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One of the most realistic Race Flicks ever!!!
10 August 2004 | by (Europe) – See all my reviews

This movie is definitely one of the most realistic movies ever! If you liked the car chase in Bullit, you'll want to see this movie! It really gets you to feel the '71 Le Mans atmosphere. If this movie was to be re-done today, it couldn't be done any better. If you are into modern day motorsport, you'll see how everything changed to the worse. Through our modern safety standards, regulations, FSi-Engines, and thoroughly planned race strategies, todays drivers aren't the risk-taking hero's anymore as they were in the 70's but only people who know how to push buttons in the right order....if you see this movie, the 2005 Le Mans Race, NASCAR, F1 and so on will seem really boring

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