Le Mans (1971)

“This isn’t just a thousand to one shot. This is a professional bloodsport. And it can happen to you. And then it can happen to you again. ” – Michael Delaney

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A look at a group of race car drivers as the try to win the greatest endurance race ever created the Le Mans in France.

My Take on it – Anyone who knows anything about Steve McQueen is probably aware of the fact that he loved cars and motorcycles and always tried to race them whenever he could.

This film was a dream for hm come true because he got to make a movie about one of his favorite pastimes.

The problem with this film is that despite looking amazing from a cinematic perspective, the story and plot are almost non-existent.

There is almost no dialogue within the first 40 minutes of the film and it feels entirely disconnected and distant so that we don’t really feel any emotional connection with any of the characters.

I liked the way that they used the race announcements to give us information about the rules and updates along the way.

The biggest problem here is that this film doesn’t give anything to the viewer that watching a race on TV would give which is quite a shame because they had an opportunity to make something really special with this film and missed it by not giving us anything to really care about.

Bottom Line – McQueen does a great job portraying a race car driver, which is something he himself always wanted to be able to do. This film doesn’t really have much of a plot and is nice to look at, but one could just watch a race on TV and get the same amount of emotion which is quite a shame.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Steve McQueen was a car-racing fanatic and owned a Porsche 908. Driving this car during the 12 Hours of Sebring’s 1970 edition with professional driver Peter Revson, he finished a close second behind Mario Andretti, who was determined “not to be beaten by a movie star”. Andretti was driving a Ferrari 512. McQueen also wanted to be in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but was denied permission by the film’s producers. His Porsche eventually did participate, driven by Herbert Linge and Jonathan Williams, with three cameras to get “live” footage for the movie. Despite the spoiled aerodynamics and frequent stops to change film rolls, the car managed to finish ninth. According to a persistent rumor, McQueen may have driven it secretly after all. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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