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Le Mans (1971)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 23 June 1971 (USA)
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Almost at the verge of documentary, film depicts a single auto race from the ground up.

Director:

Lee H. Katzin

Writer:

Harry Kleiner
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... Michael Delaney
Siegfried Rauch ... Erich Stahler
Elga Andersen ... Lisa Belgetti
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... David Townsend
Fred Haltiner Fred Haltiner ... Johann Ritter
Luc Merenda ... Claude Aurac
Christopher Waite Christopher Waite ... Larry Wilson
Louise Edlind ... Mrs. Anna Ritter
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ... Lugo Abratte
Jean-Claude Bercq ... Paul-Jacques Dion
Michele Scalera Michele Scalera ... Vito Scaliso
Gino Cassani Gino Cassani ... Loretto Fuselli
Alfred Bell Alfred Bell ... Tommy Hopkins
Carlo Cecchi Carlo Cecchi ... Paolo Scadenza
Richard Rüdiger Richard Rüdiger ... Bruno Frohm
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Storyline

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 13.4 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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Trivia

Steve McQueen was a car-racing fanatic and owned a Porsche 908. Driving this car during the 12 Hours of Sebring's 1970 edition with professional driver Peter Revson, he finished a close second behind Mario Andretti, who was determined "not to be beaten by a movie star". Andretti was driving a Ferrari 512. McQueen also wanted to be in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but was denied permission by the film's producers. His Porsche eventually did participate, driven by Herbert Linge and Jonathan Williams, with three cameras to get "live" footage for the movie. Despite the spoiled aerodynamics and frequent stops to change film rolls, the car managed to finish ninth. According to a persistent rumor, McQueen may have driven it secretly after all. See more »

Goofs

During the final laps, car number 21 can clearly be seen without a driver. See more »

Quotes

David Townsend: Michael, I want you to drive flat out. I want Porsche to win Le Mans.
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Connections

Featured in Steve McQueen: The King of Cool (1998) See more »

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Finale
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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Let Steve put you in the driver's seat
20 September 2001 | by occupant-1See all my reviews

A docu-drama, I guess, being heavy on the simple task of documenting the 1970 race in question. My recent viewing of the pan-and-scan VHS seems more involving that when I saw the James Garner flick "Grand Prix" in a Cinerama theater in the late 60's. The latter movie played up the personal drama too much and the superwide screen couldn't uncramp the camera angles on the city turns.

Although "Le Mans" isn't exactly "Casablanca" in that plotting is minimal (as usual from McQueen), it benefits from the believability of his stunt work and heavy use of car cameras. If you like going fast, this is the film for you.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian | German

Release Date:

23 June 1971 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$7,573,797 (estimated)
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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