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 ...
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STEVE MCQUEEN: THE MAN and LE MANS is the story of obsession, betrayal and ultimate vindication. It is the story of how one of the most volatile, charismatic stars of his generation, who ... See full summary »
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>
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 »
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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When Le Mans first came out, my buddy and I would drive anywhere in San Luis Obispo county to see it; often it would be at a drive-in. When the movie was over, it was quite an adventure to drive out of the theater as most everyone was jazzed by the spirit of the movie and its amazing cinematography.
As other reviewers may mention, the characters in the movie and even the plot are secondary to the pure action portrayed. From my memory, I recall that some scenes were shot with a moving camera platform alongside the race cars at 150 mph.
In this day of computer-generated crowds, it is to be noted that the crowds in the movie were authentic; that is, it was filmed very shortly after an actual running of the 24 Hours of LeMans and the movie people invited the crowds to return to be in this movie. I am quite sure that no one in the crowd was paid; showing the fans' devotion and love for the sport and the show.
For the time and with the "technology", it is an amazing work.
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