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Release Date:
23 June 1971 (USA) See more »
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Steve McQueen takes you for a drive in the country. The country is France. The drive is at 200 MPH!
Plot:
Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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Still the most authentic motor racing movie ever made See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve McQueen ... Michael Delaney
Siegfried Rauch ... Erich Stahler
Elga Andersen ... Lisa Belgetti
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... David Townsend
Fred Haltiner ... Johann Ritter

Luc Merenda ... Claude Aurac
Christopher Waite ... Larry Wilson
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
Hal Hamilton ... Chris Barnett
Jonathan Williams ... Jonathan Burton
Peter Parten ... Peter Wiese
Conrad Pringle ... Tony Elkins
Erich Glavitza ... Josef Hauser
Peter Huber ... Max Kummel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jocelyne Jeanssen ... (uncredited)
Karine Lafabrie ... Second Reporter (uncredited)
Jacques Mayar ... Third Reporter (uncredited)
Alan Rossett ... First Reporter (uncredited)
Nathalie Vernier ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Lee H. Katzin 
 
Writing credits
Harry Kleiner 

Produced by
Alan Levine .... associate producer
Jack N. Reddish .... producer
Robert E. Relyea .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
 
Cinematography by
René Guissart Jr. 
Robert B. Hauser 
 
Film Editing by
Ghislaine Desjonquères 
Donald W. Ernst 
John Woodcock  (as John M. Woodcock)
Catherine Kelber (uncredited)
Ferris Webster (chief editor) (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
Phil Abramson 
 
Costume Design by
Phil Abramson 
Ray Summers 
 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup supervisor
Marie-France Seyrat .... hair stylist
Christiane Sauvage .... makeup assistant (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Hubert Fröhlich .... production manager (as Hubert Foehlich)
Robert L. Rosen .... executive in charge of production
Peter Samuelson .... assistant production manager
René Noel .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gus Agosti .... first assistant director
Louis Pitzele .... first assistant director: second unit
Jack N. Reddish .... second unit director
Les Sheldon .... assistant director
Michel Cheyko .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Christian Fuin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Mark Kasdan .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Peter Samuelson .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Nikita Knatz .... visual designer
Donald B. Nunley .... property master (as Don Nunley)
Pierre Barbet .... leadman (uncredited)
Pierre Barbet .... set dresser (uncredited)
Henri Berger .... set dresser (uncredited)
Henri Berger .... swing man (uncredited)
Raymond Cormier .... production buyer (uncredited)
Enrico Corti .... props (uncredited)
Leo Dal Paos .... constructor (uncredited)
Gerard Davy .... constructor (uncredited)
Giuseppe Del Paos .... head constructor (uncredited)
Max Delor .... local help set dresser (uncredited)
Victor Feuz .... constructor (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Francois Langevin .... local help set dresser (uncredited)
Yves Lequenne .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Jac Stulberg .... apprentice (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Dockendorf .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack A. Finlay .... supervising sound editor (as Jack)
John W. Mitchell .... sound mixer
Jim Bullock .... sound editor (uncredited)
Michel Desrois .... boom operator (uncredited)
Harrik Maury .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Michel Maïofis .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Richard Oswald .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Keith Pamplin .... boom operator (uncredited)
Michèle Robert-Lauliac .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Sass Bedig .... special effects
Jacques Beranger .... special effects (uncredited)
Roland Gautherin .... special effects (uncredited)
Georges Iaconelli .... special effects (uncredited)
Malcolm King .... remote control operator (uncredited)
Alfred Staeger .... special effects (uncredited)
Willy Trampenau .... special effects (uncredited)
Daniel Tuffery .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
René Astarie .... key grip
Alex Barbey .... camera operator
Michel Bouyer .... camera operator
Christian de Cortanze .... camera operator
André Marc Delourmel .... still photographer
Elie Fontanille .... gaffer
Claude Mousset .... camera operator
Gaylin P. Schultz .... camera mounts (as Gaylin Schultz)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer
François About .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Pierre Abraham .... electrician (uncredited)
Yves Agostini .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Pierre Brard .... focus puller (uncredited)
Maurice Brivady .... grip (uncredited)
Serge Cry .... electrician (uncredited)
Heinz Feldhaus .... camera engineer (uncredited)
Marc Fontanilles .... electrician (uncredited)
Christian Gallegos .... camp electrician (uncredited)
Lothar Hohlfeld .... focus puller (uncredited)
Leon Letteron .... grip (uncredited)
André Marquette .... camera loader (uncredited)
Marcel Moncel .... generator operator (uncredited)
Georg Ostler .... focus puller (uncredited)
Roger Parlebas .... electrician (uncredited)
Ronnie Fox Rogers .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jean Strasser .... grip (uncredited)
Michel Thiphaine .... electrician (uncredited)
Roger Wingel .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andree Astarie .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Henry Hoogsteyns .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Shelly Levine .... costumer: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Pauline Leroy .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Gene Feldman .... supervising music editor
Michel Legrand .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Han Akersloot .... driver: racing cars
Richard Attwood .... driver: racing cars
Claude Ballot-Lena .... driver: racing cars
Christian Baron .... driver: racing cars
Jurgen Barth .... driver: racing cars
Derek Bell .... driver: racing cars
Edgar Berney .... driver: racing cars
Paul Blancpain .... driver: racing cars
Arthur Blank .... driver: racing cars
Jean Pierre Bordin .... driver: racing cars
Guy Chasseuil .... driver: racing cars
Andre de Cortanze .... driver: racing cars
Hugues de Fierlant .... driver: racing cars
Vic Elford .... driver: racing cars
Nanni Galli .... driver: racing cars
Erich Glavitza .... driver: racing cars
Masten Gregory .... driver: racing cars
Pierre Greub .... driver: racing cars
Jean Pierre Hanrioud .... driver: racing cars
René Herzog .... driver: racing cars
Toine Hezemans .... driver: racing cars
Peter Huber .... driver: racing cars
Jacky Ickx .... driver: racing cars
Jean-Pierre Jabouille .... driver: racing cars
Helmut Kelleners .... driver: racing cars
Gerard Larrousse .... driver: racing cars
Herbert Linge .... driver: racing cars
Steve McQueen .... driver: racing cars
John Miles .... driver: racing cars
Silvio Moser .... driver: racing cars
Herbert Muller .... driver: racing cars
Mimmo Neccia .... driver: racing cars
Robin Ormes .... driver: racing cars
Michael Parkes .... driver: racing cars
Aldo Pessina .... driver: racing cars
Teddy Pilette .... driver: racing cars
David Piper .... driver: racing cars
Brian Redman .... driver: racing cars
Jean Sage .... driver: racing cars
Jo Siffert .... driver: racing cars
Rob Slotemaker .... driver: racing cars
Dieter Spoerry .... driver: racing cars
Rolf Stommelen .... driver: racing cars
Jonathan Williams .... driver: racing cars
Daniel Aumont .... driver (uncredited)
Bernard Boulay .... taxi driver (uncredited)
Rene Brouard .... taxi driver (uncredited)
Albin Eichel .... head driver (uncredited)
Jacob Holzhofer .... transportation manager (uncredited)
Pierre Jacquemin .... driver (uncredited)
Pierre Jardin .... driver (uncredited)
Phillipe Jorion .... driver (uncredited)
John Lake .... driver (uncredited)
Maurice Leroy .... taxi driver (uncredited)
Alain Lochouarn .... driver (uncredited)
Raymond Marchand .... taxi driver (uncredited)
Joel Mozdzer .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Andrew Ferguson .... head of racing department
John Franco .... script supervisor
Michael Parkes .... racing consultant
Vincent Tubbs .... unit publicist
Haig Alltounian .... chief mechanic (uncredited)
Hans Arn .... catering manager (uncredited)
Joan Arnold .... secretary: Mr. Reddish (uncredited)
Louis Baroux .... garage night watchman (uncredited)
Jean Batard .... plane mechanic (uncredited)
Bess Benveniste .... secretary: Mr. Kleiner (uncredited)
Kerst Bottema .... projectionist (uncredited)
Marcelle Boudet .... secretary: Mr. Relyea (uncredited)
Sister Brigitte .... medical nurse (uncredited)
Claude Brossard .... mechanic (uncredited)
Magy Brunner .... coordinator: housing and travel (uncredited)
Ron Butcher .... communications chief (uncredited)
Helen Carrier .... secretary to writer (uncredited)
Claude Chaumond .... apprentice: A.C.O. (uncredited)
Claude Chaumond .... liaison: A.C.O. (uncredited)
Jacques Chesnel .... camp workman (uncredited)
Daniel Chiarelli .... camp workman (uncredited)
Jean-Yves Couant .... pilot: plane (uncredited)
Gerard Crombac .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Ricardo De Frutos .... cashier (uncredited)
Louis Deret .... garage day watchman (uncredited)
Jeanine Dubois .... camp supervisor (uncredited)
Simone Escoffier .... secretary: Mr. Rosen (uncredited)
Sidney Ganis .... publicist (uncredited)
Christian Gatard .... interpreter (uncredited)
Colette Georges .... camp cleaning woman (uncredited)
Claude Gilaizeau .... apprentice (uncredited)
Leon Guillaume .... camp night watchman (uncredited)
Patricia Knatz .... secretary: racing department (uncredited)
Philippe Le Franc .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dominique Lefèvre .... production secretary (uncredited)
Ralph M. Leo .... production accountant (uncredited)
Alan Levine .... assistant: Mr. Reddish (uncredited)
Darryl Levine .... communications apprentice (uncredited)
Belinda McPherson .... assistant publicist (uncredited)
Danielle Moreau .... office assistant (uncredited)
James Morgan .... apprentice to producer (uncredited)
Liliane Plessix .... camp cleaning woman (uncredited)
Pierre Reynald .... production accountant (uncredited)
Christian Riml .... apprentice to producer (uncredited)
Richard Rivoire .... interpreter (uncredited)
Odette Rousseau .... camp cleaning woman (uncredited)
Line Schvartz .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Dennis Sparks .... sheet metal man (uncredited)
Freddy Zurbrugg .... chief cook (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-8 | France:U | New Zealand:G | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:PG (video rating) (2003) | UK:U (original rating) (1971) | USA:G | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
In many ways, it was lucky this film was made in 1970, since the star sport cars Porsche 917 and Ferrari 512, arguably the two most legendary sports prototypes ever conceived, were actually very short lived. The Porsche appeared in 1969, the Ferrari in 1970, and both were withdrawn at the end of 1971 (as official factory-cars that is). The 1970 edition of Le Mans was the only one the Ferrari appeared in. The Porsche 917 won the 1970 and 1971 editions, Porsche's first two overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They would go on to become the most successful marque with 16 overall wins. The most recent was 1998.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The 911 that Steve McQueen's character is driving around Le Mans and the racecourse in the beginning has a Stuttgart license plate (home of the Porsche company). However, the car is the type equipped for the U.S. market (front turn signals that act as driving lights, different headlights, red rear turn signals), and the license plate has no seal from the registration office.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.See more »
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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Still the most authentic motor racing movie ever made, 7 February 2001
Author: david francis from Melbourne, Australia

One of my Christmas presents last year was a copy of Michael Keyser's book "A French Kiss With Death" about the making of this movie (I had to drop a BIG hint!). Having just finished the book I watched the movie again with a much greater understanding of how it came to be made and the problems which plagued its production.

It is probably extremely rare for a major feature film to have absolutely no script - not even an outline - and no female lead after two months of shooting, but that was indicative of the sort of movie McQueen was determined to make. The race IS the story, and the story of the race is very well told. McQueen's racing experience, his need to have credibility within the racing world and the large number of real racing drivers and real racing cars involved all add up to an authenticity which exceeded that of Frankenheimer's "Grand Prix" and which is still unequalled. A couple of minor errors in the cars' paint jobs fail to dampen the reality of the on-track action.

It is true that the off-track storyline is a little weak, and some of the performances are a bit hammy, but McQueen absolutely nailed the "feel" of the Le Mans race. For this reason it is many race fans' favourite movie. It's certainly mine .

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