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Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool (2005)

TV-MA | | Documentary | TV Movie 1 June 2005

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The life and times of actor Steve McQueen, on the 75th anniversary of his birth

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Friends, co-stars and admirers of actor Steve McQueen - including first wife, actress and dancer Neile Adams, and third wife, model Barbara Minty - discuss his life in relation to his movie career. His screen persona was one where women loved him, in part because of his piercing blue eyes, and men both wanted to emulate him and be his buddy. Despite having screen presence even in early bit parts, he didn't start to hone his craft of acting until he was accepted into the Actor's Studio. In what some consider his breakthrough movie, he took the sure thing of a meager paycheck instead of taking a percentage of the movie's profits, as he thought the movie would be a commercial flop. That movie was The Blob (1958). Although he made a name as the rebel loner and an action hero in the television show Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958) and smaller parts in movies such as The Magnificent Seven (1960), his status as such, but in a movie starring capacity, was solidified with The Great Escape (1963), ... Written by Huggo

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Interesting bio of McQueen with good insight from Neile Adams...
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Fans of actor STEVE McQUEEN will no doubt admire this compelling bio of his early days, through to his career highlights and untimely death from cancer--all of it helped by some insightful comments from co-workers, but particularly his wife NEILE ADAMS who divulges a lot of information about her marriage to the man who became a superstar and rugged hero.

Especially good are the film clips including some from his early days on TV in "Wanted: Dead or Alive." His first breakthrough came with THE BLOB, never expected to be the major hit it became on a low budget--and then onward to films like THE GREAT ESCAPE, BULLITT and PAPILLION.

Good contributions from Suzanne Pleshette, Martin Landau and several others make it a very watchable look at Steve's career. The final years are told in a way that is poignant and well documented.


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