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24 Hours of Le Mans: "Le Mans" film featuring Steve McQueen

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by Bram Hengeveld, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. Bram Hengeveld

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    Steve McQueen Le Mans Movie 1971.JPG
    Only a few days left until the start of the race of the year, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Before the lights at Circuit de la Sarthe turn green this Saturday at 15:00 CEST its time to get you into the right mood by presenting the classic "Le Mans" movie featuring cult hero and real life racing car driver Steve McQueen.


    Besides the lead role for McQueen, who has surprisingly little text in this movie, the co-stars of production are the Ferrari 512s and Porsche 917s, iconic racing vehicles with tons of visual and audio appeal to racing enthusiasts.

    After its release in 1971 the film faced a lack of success with the general theatre public, but over time both racing and movie fans have embraced "Le Mans" for its authentic racing scenes, the iconic blue and orange gulf livery on the car of McQueen and above all the film breathes the atmosphere that fans experience when visiting the race, even today in 2014.

    For tonight sit back and relax and enjoy the 1 hour and 48 minutes long action packed film and make sure to share it friends that have not caught the Le Mans virus yet.



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  2. museumsteve

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    I am ashamed to say I have never watched Le Mans movie, but I think I will watch it this weekend :)
     
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  3. r3ck0n

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    My dad took me to see this in the theatre.
    I've owned the movie for many years.
    Thanks for putting this great racing flick up for all to enjoy!

    Go #20!
     
  4. Dude27

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    look for it on youtube HD for free!
     
  5. Tony Holder

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    YAY!!
     
  6. David O'Reilly

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    Great stuff, cant wait to watch it.
    In about 1969 my uncle who was a passionate racer took myself aged 10 and my brother aged 11 to watch a 16mm reel to reel documentary of the first Ford GT40 victory. So it will be atmospheric for me.
    It must have had some Ford PR money behind it as they referred really to a David and Goliath battle with "the might of the factory Posche team". Whereas in fact the Ford motor company with its multi million car sales dwarfed the tiny Porsche company.
    30 years later the same uncle later went on to race at Lemans himself in a privately entered Porsche GT2 as well as scoring podiums in the American Lemans series.
    I reminded him of taking us to the movie 30 years earlier.
     
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  7. Birddogg66

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    Well you have had some actors that have ended up driving race cars Steve McQueen was a Racer that did some acting! By far the Best Racer-Actor ever.
     
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  8. Chris Partridge

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    Why are you linking to pirate footage?
     
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  9. David O'Reilly

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    I would personally rate Paul Newman higher than McQueen. But indeed he did. McQueen did more on Motorbikes if I am correct.
     
  10. Ben Goymer

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    I'd also recommend Truth in 24 II for a more recent insight into Le Mans LMP1. I'm not a huge Audi fan but I did enjoy it.

     
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  11. Bram Hengeveld

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    Come on Chris :) This movie is 43 years old and already for two years available on YouTube, the #3 site in the world, without ever been taken down for copyright violations despite YouTube's rigid rules and checksystem.
     
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  12. Dude27

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    Actually the HD version seems to be not avail anymore on Youtube.
     
  13. Birddogg66

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    No Steve McQueen was pretty frequent in SCCA races and scored 5 top 10's in 1959 and 2 career wins and finished 2nd in the 1970 12hr of Sebring.
     
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  14. yusupov

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    i believe mcqueen forfeited all rights to any income generated by the movie as a condition of it being released. obviously he 's no longer around to collect it, but unless that's been rectified...well, anyway, this is w/r/t streams or downloads, take it as you will
     
  15. Dirk Steffen

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    I watched the movie yesterday on DVD - you guys still know these round, flat things ;-)

    I watch it at least once a year and every single time it gives me the goosebumps (make sure to watch it on a large screen with good sound and HIGH volume.
    For racing enthusiasts as well as for movie fans this is one of the greatest master pieces.

    Having been at Le Mans for several years and having seen that circuit awake in the mornings I must say there is no other movie or documentary that captures the spirit of this race any better.
    You could swear you can smell Le Mans when watching this movie.

    It also helps of course that the camera work is of the finest there is - no other racing movie before or since has captured and portrayed racing just like this movie.

    It is a must watch for anyone who has the slightest interest in cars.
    It helps of course too that Porsche is shown winning Le Mans in the movie with the glorious flat 12 Porsche 917 (and you are going to hear plenty of its 12 cylinder music in the movie).

    If you have no access to the stream, go, run and get a DVD or rent it or buy it as a stream on one of the many sites - it is very well worth the price of admission.
     
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  17. Dirk Steffen

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    This is silly ;-)

    But here is some data which surely is interesting to look through for both these great men:

    racing results:
    http://www.racingsportscars.com/driver/results/Steve-McQueen-USA.html
    http://www.racingsportscars.com/driver/results/Paul-Newman-USA.html

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/features/steve-mcqueen-vs-paul-newman-better-racer/
    http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/history/sports-cars/mcqueen-vs-newman

    I loved seeing both these men on the screen as well reading about their racing exploits.
    Both are great men still sorely missed.
     
  18. hal4000

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    When you guys are done watching the movie, you should watch this documentary if you haven't already.
    Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3504604/
    Released in 2015.
    It tells a lot about the making of the movie. Lots of good footage. Highly recommended.
     
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  19. Knoxstar

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    Just watched in the other night. A real eye opener. A must see if you are a fan of motorsports, movies and McQueen.