American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.


James Mangold
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Carroll Shelby
Christian Bale ... Ken Miles
Jon Bernthal ... Lee Iacocca
Caitriona Balfe ... Mollie Miles
Josh Lucas ... Leo Beebe
Noah Jupe ... Peter Miles
Tracy Letts ... Henry Ford II
Remo Girone ... Enzo Ferrari
Ray McKinnon ... Phil Remington
JJ Feild ... Roy Lunn
Jack McMullen ... Charlie Agapiou
Corrado Invernizzi ... Franco Gozzi
Joe Williamson ... Don Frey
Ian Harding ... Ford Executive - Ian
Christopher Darga ... John Holman


As Enzo Ferrari's fast Rosso-Corsa racing cars dominate the mid-1960s motorsport world, the American car designer, Carroll Shelby, is forced to retire after winning the demanding 1959 '24 Hours of Le Mans' endurance race. But, before long, an unexpected proposition by the Vice President of Henry Ford's motor company, Lee Iacocca, will offer an opportunity to beat the Italians at their own game. Now, under those pressing circumstances, the British sports car driver and racing engineer, Ken Miles, reluctantly agrees to lend a hand and improve the firm's image, as Ford's race team has less than ninety days to rewrite history. As a result, the non-conformist duo comes up with the mighty Ford GT40 Mk I high-performance racing car. Can Shelby and Miles break Ferrari's streak? Written by Nick Riganas

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Based on the incredible true story. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some language and peril | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


To help promote the film Matt Damon and Christian Bale both waved the green flag at the 2019 Indy 500. The race would go on to be won by a Frenchman, Simon Pagenaud. See more »


In selling Ken Miles as a driver, Carroll Shelby says that Miles drove a tank from the beaches of D-Day to Berlin. The first part is true, but the second is not. The British Army never reached Berlin since the Red Army got there first.

In fact, British Prime Minister Churchill presided over a British military victory parade in Berlin on 21st July 1945. Berlin had been divided in to Soviet, French, American and British zones from July. So there were plenty of British soldiers who did reach Berlin. See more »


[Shelby enters his office. Remington walks in]
Phil Remington: Hey, Shel. That guy, you know the one in the hat, he's ready to close on those two 427s. His and hers. Full freight. They, uh, flew in from Galveston.
Carroll Shelby: Uh-huh.
Phil Remington: Uh, I need you to come outside for maybe a minute.
Carroll Shelby: And do what?
Phil Remington: Be Carroll Shelby. Tell them a story, spin a few magic words.
Carroll Shelby: What does that mean? 'Magic words'?
Phil Remington: It means... come outside and say hello and make them feel good about their purchase.
Carroll Shelby: They're getting the damn cars. That's what they get ...
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References I Dream of Jeannie (1965) See more »


Stranger in a Strange Land
Written by David Crosby
Performed by The Byrds
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Racing with a soul
12 January 2020 | by agm_tcrSee all my reviews

As a Ferrari fan I was pleasantly on the side of a Ford driver, all because of the soul Christian Bale was able to portrayed as Ken Miles, a sports car racing engineer who's hart was beaten in unison with an engine of a race car. Aside of the fact that he lose several kg for the role, but being a method actor it cling a viewer to the screen. Excitement and rage can be feel in every scene. The passion take us to the circuit and made us push the accelerator. What I miss is the surprise of the plot since I knew the story. The cast is brilliant, and finally in one Americans movie I have the pleasure to see casted Italians brilliants actor for the roles of the Ferrari Team, speaking perfect Italian, as oppose as being disappointed when they cannot. This year oscar is going to be a difficult choice.

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Release Date:

15 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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$97,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,474,958, 17 November 2019

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