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Williams (2017)

Focusing on the career and family of its legendary founder Sir Frank Williams, the British sports documentary tells the extraordinary story of the Williams Formula 1 team, from its inception to the present day.

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Credited cast:
Emily Bevan ... Lady Virginia Williams
Pamela Cockerill Pamela Cockerill ... Herself
Jenny Funnell ... Pamela
Howden Ganley Howden Ganley ... Himself
Alan Jones Alan Jones ... Himself
Nigel Mansell Nigel Mansell ... Himself
Nelson Piquet Nelson Piquet ... Himself
Tim Prior Tim Prior ... Frank Williams
Jackie Stewart ... Himself
Jacques Villeneuve Jacques Villeneuve ... Himself
Claire Williams Claire Williams ... Herself
Frank Williams Frank Williams ... Himself
Peter Windsor Peter Windsor ... Himself
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Charting the story of Formula One's most celebrated family, Williams is a thrilling account of how one man built a racing empire and a vivid, heart-rending portrait of the aftermath of a tragedy. Starting life with nothing other than a single-minded obsession for speed, Sir Frank Williams created one of the world's most enduring Formula One racing teams, winning nine Constructors' Championships over the last 40 years. But in 1986 at the height of this success, a near fatal car accident left Frank fighting to survive and the team's future hanging in the balance. Williams, a brand-new documentary from BAFTA-wining director Morgan Matthews, tells the story of Frank's rise to fame and how his family battled to keep him alive and the team afloat after the crash that left Frank wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. Featuring heart-pounding racing footage, interviews with much-loved Formula One stars (including Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Alan Jones and Sir Patrick Head) and ... Written by Curzon Artificial Eye

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Williams Grand Prix Engineering has won: Constructors Championships 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997. Drivers Championships 1980, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997. See more »

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A great, to the point, documentary
17 August 2017 | by dim_zaxSee all my reviews

Frank Williams' life will probably be made into a movie someday. The struggles, the drama, the love of racing and the sheer drive for success, do make great ingredients for a movie. But this one is a -straight to the point- documentary. And a great one in my opinion.

Most people don't have the time, or simply don't care, for anything else than the image and the results. The statistics, the pure numbers and the balance. This film delves deep into Williams Racing, which frankly is the same as the Williams family and the few close friends of theirs.

It is clear that the documentary is not intended for the uninitiated in the racing culture and especially Formula 1. You will have to known faces and situations to get the full from the information and images you are seeing. And that may make it difficult for some to follow the swing from present to past to present again. But in return you get to see the people like they are, without evasions, and feel the story unfold before your eyes, like it is being written now.

In conclusion i think this film is less biased than the Senna documentary, better structured than the McLaren one, which seemed a little bit shallow in places, and would definitely recommend it to petrol-heads and F1 enthusiasts.


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