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Siegfried Rauch ...
Erich Stahler
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Lisa Belgetti
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
David Townsend
Fred Haltiner ...
Johann Ritter
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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
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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!


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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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All Ferraris appearing in the movie were borrowed from Belgian Ferrari distributor Jacques Swaters, since the Ferrari factory had refused its participation because the movie ends with a victory for Porsche. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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

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Delaney Takes A Break
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
Including "The Race, Final Laps", a dialogue between Elga Andersen and Steve McQueen
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The Ultimate Racing Flick
10 November 2001 | by (Mississauga, Ontario) – See all my reviews

The reason why most racing movies fail, is because the Hollywood people try to tie in some cheesy plot to the highly professional sports of auto racing. In real life car racing, there is no dramatic love story, no struggle between good and evil, no rebel against the authority. In real life, racing is all about speed, physical strength, and concentration, anything else is just distraction.

Rather than put in a third rate plot to make a crappy story out of it like Driven or any other racing flick has done(including the Grand Prix), Steve McQueen's Le Mans has chosen to walk the different path, to bring the true spirit of car racing on the big screen. Who cares if there is no plot, no conversation, or no love story. If you are looking for those things, you are watching the wrong movie. The sound of the 917 blast down the Mulsanne at full throttle is well worth the time to watch this movie.

Sadly, this is probably the last of the true racing movies. The world today is impossible to make a movie out of real racing car(every single race car in Le Mans is real. The Porsche 917, the Ferrari 512S, The Lola T70). Driven uses mock CART car based on Indy Light, plus a whole lot of crappy CGI car, Grand Prix uses the F2 car that looks like the F1 at the time. A movie like Le Mans probably will never be made again.


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