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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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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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Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When John Sturges was first announced as director in 1967, this was announced as "Day of the Champion". 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

Referenced in Endeavour: Raga (2020) See more »

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The Race, First Laps
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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The Ultimate Racing Flick
10 November 2001 | by racingmaniacSee 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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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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