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.
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
While Miles and Shelby were known to have a hand in the car's development, the film fails to mention that the car also had a vast development team which included bureaucrats at Ford's Dearborn, Michigan headquarters, nicknamed the 'Glass House'; besides Lunn, a team in the UK including Shelby's former team manager, John Wyer and Lola's Eric Broadley. See more »
Lee Iacocca, Marketing Manager at Ford, knew Shelby before the GT40 program. He agreed to provide Shelby engines for the Cobras in 1962. Cobras are clearly already in production and being sold at Shelby's Venice facility when they "meet" in the film. See more »
[Henry Ford II enters the assembly plant]
Henry Ford II:
Shut it down, Mr. Beebe.
[Beebe turns around and faces the head engineer]
[head engineer nods and shuts down the assembly line]
Henry Ford II:
Hear that? That's the sound of the Ford Motor Company out of business.
[Henry II walks around]
Henry Ford II:
IN 1899, my grandfather, Henry 'By God' Ford, was walking home from Edison Illumination after working a double shift. He was ruminating. That morning, he had himself an idea that changed the world. Sixty-five years, and 47 million ...
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French Nationalm Defile March
Written by Robert Planquette
Performed by Gardemusikken
Courtesy of Norske Gardemusikeres Forbund/Musikkoperatørene AS/The Orchard See more »
Wonderful, and I don't know a thing about cars.
The Actors were magnificent, fit their characters so well. They're performances added so much to the movie.
The story, which obviously is a true tell was emotional and I recommend not looking into anything before seeing the film if you don't know already. Though I'm sure if you know the story you'll still enjoy it.
Shot well too. Highly recommend this film.
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