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Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool (2005)

TV-MA | | Documentary | TV Movie 1 June 2005
The life and times of actor Steve McQueen, on the 75th anniversary of his birth

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Robert Culp ... Himself - Interviewee
Neile Adams ... Herself - Interviewee
Suzanne Pleshette ... Herself - Interviewee
Martin Landau ... Himself - Interviewee
Hillard Elkins ... Himself (as Hilly Elkins)
Don Gordon ... Himself - Interviewee
David Foster ... Himself - Interviewee
Robert E. Relyea Robert E. Relyea ... Himself - Interviewee (as Robert Relyea)
Lawrence Kasdan ... Himself - Interviewee
Walter Mirisch ... Himself - Interviewee
Robert Vaughn ... Himself - Interviewee
Eli Wallach ... Himself - Interviewee
Richard Attenborough ... Himself - Interviewee (as Lord Richard Attenborough)
Bud Ekins ... Himself - Interviewee
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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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1 June 2005 (USA) See more »

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Steve McQueen - Leidenschaftlich cool See more »

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This documentary is featured on the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD for Bullitt (1968), released in 2005. See more »

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All interviewees are identified by on-screen graphics. Steve McQueen is identified by interviewees. Stunt driver Bill Hickman is identified by director Peter Yates. See more »

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His legend lives on

With a running time of 83 minutes, this is the shorter of the two feature-length documentaries on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD of Bullitt. It consists of interviews(I liked the sort of "progression" in the on-screen graphic boxes that identify them) with those that worked with him, his friends and the like(not Ali McGraw, for some reason... and unsurprisingly, no one mentions why that is; maybe it had to do with something they experienced) and clips from his films(and yes, it spoils parts of several of them, obviously), a couple of times used to mirror the story being told, and done so really well. It's quite well-edited. This goes over his entire career and his personal life as well, from early on and throughout it. I have to admit, I barely knew anything about him before watching this, and now I might feel confident enough to describe him to someone else who is unaware of his personality. This keeps to a nice pace, if it doesn't seem to make efforts to mimic the energy of the man(honestly, that might have gotten straining to the viewer, what with this being an hour and a half). He is treated with respect, though the negatives of his behaviour are not ignored. The whole thing is interesting and the anecdotes are fun to hear. There is a little swearing, disturbing content and mention of drugs in this. I recommend it to any current or potential fan of McQueen, and anyone else who want to find out more about him. 7/10


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