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Storyline:   "Le Mans" is a 1971 American action film directed by Lee H. Katzin. The movie is known for its focus on the world of sports car endurance racing and is set against the backdrop of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The film stars Steve McQueen as Michael Delaney, a professional race car driver who returns to the Le Mans race circuit a year after being involved in a tragic accident that claimed the life of a fellow driver. Delaney is determined to compete again and to confront his past. "Le Mans" is characterized by its realistic and immersive portrayal of motorsports. It is often praised for its extensive and thrilling racing sequences, which were filmed during the actual 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The movie features high-speed chases, daring overtakes, and an authentic depiction of the racing world.

One notable aspect of "Le Mans" is its limited use of dialogue and its focus on visual storytelling, which adds to its realistic and documentary-like feel. The film captures the essence of endurance racing and the camaraderie and rivalry among drivers. While "Le Mans" is admired by racing enthusiasts and fans of Steve McQueen, it was not a major box office success upon its release. However, it has since gained a following as a cult classic and is celebrated for its authentic portrayal of motorsports and its iconic lead actor, Steve McQueen, who was an avid racer himself. "Le Mans" remains a must-see for those interested in motorsports and the world of endurance racing, as well as fans of Steve McQueen and classic action cinema.
Le Mans
Year : 1971
IMDB Rating: 7
Director: Lee H. Katzin
Top Billing Cast:  Steve McQueen as Michael Delaney

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  1. Film driver David Piper lost his leg due to a deep cut caused during a crash, leading to an infection and the need for amputation. He received special thanks "for his sacrifice" in the end credits.
  2. Hal Hamilton expressed that they had everything for the film except a script, while Haig Alltounian, Steve McQueen's chief mechanic, mentioned that they were "winging it."
  3. Steve McQueen initially asked John Sturges to direct, but they couldn't agree on the movie's construction. Sturges wanted a conventional script focusing on relationships and a Hollywood-style upbeat ending, while McQueen aimed for a racing documentary with minimal dialogue, making cars the stars. Sturges left the project, citing age and dissatisfaction.
  4. There is no audible dialogue from any characters for the first 37 minutes of the movie.
  5. Cinema Center Films took over the production, suspending it for two weeks. McQueen gave up his salary, profits, and control to finish the film. The film's production faced conflicts, budget excesses, and a crew strike, leaving McQueen with bitter feelings.
  6. Steve McQueen's blood type (Group O, Reh D neg) is shown on the back of his helmet, a common practice at the time.
  7. The Porsche 917 driven by McQueen in the film (chassis 022) had a fascinating history after the movie, changing hands among notable collectors.
  8. The crashing Porsche 917 and Ferrari 512 were outdated Lola T70s made to look like a 917 and a 512. The fake Ferrari was remote-controlled.
  9. While much of the film includes actual footage from the 1970 race, most of it was filmed at the same location a couple of months later.
  10. Off-screen, an accident occurred involving Steve McQueen, Mario Iscovich, and starlet Louise Edlind. McQueen crashed their car, and tried to avoid publicity, and Mario took the blame, leaving the film without a job.
  11. Following the troubled production, Steve McQueen didn't attend the premiere, and he never raced again.
  12. Steve McQueen, a car-racing enthusiast, owned a Porsche 908 and participated in races like the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1970.
  13. Despite being depicted as the factory-backed Ferrari team, the 512s used were borrowed from Belgian Ferrari distributor Jacques Swaters. Enzo Ferrari refused official participation due to the film's script.
  14. Steve McQueen's contract stipulated that he would do all his driving, even during dangerous shots.
  15. The racing suit worn by Steve McQueen in the film was sold at auction in 2011 for $960,000, and the Porsche 917 driven by McQueen was sold at auction in 2017 for $14 million, a record price for a Porsche.
  16. The movie, made in 1970, accurately depicts a Porsche 917 winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, marking Porsche's first overall win at the 24 Hours.
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