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I don't know if anyones interested, but Amazon are selling the film 'Le Mans' starring Steve McQueen for £7.99 at the moment.
 

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Thanks, thats a great price, for what is one of the best Motor racing Films ever.
I never tire of watching the 917's, 512's and Lola t70's. There is even a 917 LH running. Great.

I bought mine about two months ago from HMV and it cost me £12.99 on special offer.

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Guys,
I've had this film for about a month now, and although I've watched hours of it over several nights, I've still not watched it the whole way through (keep skipping to the racing)!
Nuro, I don't think Steve McQueen ever did dialogue, especially in 'Le Mans' (It doesn't need it!)
Anyway, glad to have helped some of you.

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had it for quite a few months too, its fantastic especially as a source for track detailing, stalls and stuff... need to make a funfair in 1:32!

Find it difficult to watch as a 'film', but the racing is great!
 

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Let's not forget the soundtrack by Michael Legrand - brilliant!

As a teenager I had a job ferrying cars about for a local British Leyland dealer. The day after Le mans was shown on TV I finally got to drive a TR7. Might seem naff now, but it was a big deal to me - the first sports car I had ever driven.

I went along flashing my headlights just like they do in the movie. As far as a part of my brain was concerned I wasn't in a Triumph in Scotland, but a Porsche in France.

Twenty years later asked Martin Brundle, then leading the Toyota Le Mans team with the GT-One, if, when blasting down the Mulsanne, he had ever thought about the movie and got lost in the magic of it all.

He pasued, looked at me and said, "No."

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Nice one
Just bought an all singing, all dancing DVD player from Safeway...£24 so that`s me up to date-ish, as soon as they discover electricity here that is
 

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After watching this movie I was struck by just how quaint it must have seemed when it came out, not much more than a curiosity probably. It seems to me that only with time does it become more significant. Kind of like a little time capsul. It seems almost more like a documentary, somewhat impressionistic in it's attempts to catch the "feel" or the "vibe" of the whole thing. It's really stupifyingly brilliant!
 

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Hi

When it came out it got a LOT of coverage in the US press. Usually focusing on the ART of the minimalist dialog and innovative camera work.

My youngest, just 20, saw it first when the DVD came out. Saw me buy it, I lent it to him months ago and he won't give it back. Claims it is the PERFECT racing movie.

Sigh.

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I was probably only 9 or so when it came out, but we watched it at my dad's house with several people of his age group (60's) a few month's ago & they hardly remembered it much at all. It is the perfect racing movie, but I think with non-racing/ car nut types it just kinda slid beneath the radar. All these older people said they enjoyed it much more this time then when it originally came out! Which illustrates the point I was trying to make which is how much it defines a time which seems so much more interesting now as recent history than it did at the time it was made. How many of todays films would fair as well?
 

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Good point! I cannot imagine anyone sitting down to watch Driven in 30 years time, not even as a social history project.

But who is going to admit to watching and enjoying Days of Thunder?

Scott
 

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Le Mans = Number 1


Grand Prix = distant Number 2


Nothing else even ranks. Well, except that some are rank...
 

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Actually, I enjoyed the recent Sly Stallone movie about f1. What was the name of the movie? Anyhow, it had some fun racing, and wrecking. Lots of action. More acting than Le Mans, and story, even if the acting was bad and the story was hokie. I still liked the cars, the action, and the make believe.

Le Man, the stars are the cars. That why it just keeps getting better as the reality fades.

Grand Prix, I remember that one too. Is it available on DVD? I have looked for it, but have not seen it in the store.

Days of Thunder? not everyone gets Nascar. I was dissapointed by the surround sound.....I need more tittilation.
 

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Grand Prix. I picked up a copy about 2 or 3 years back, but it was only available on a twin cassette VHS, and that was NTSC format (US market). I got it from Millhouse books - they specialise in motorsport and transport publications. Even their catalogues can make for interesting reading......


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QUOTE I went along flashing my headlights just like they do in the movie. As far as a part of my brain was concerned I wasn't in a Triumph in Scotland, but a Porsche in France.

But did you park it on its lid?

 

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QUOTE (Wankel Ickx @ 8 Mar 2004, 02:15 PM)But did you park it on its lid?
(Sharp intake of breath) That's below the belt, Wankel! And you a moderator, too!

Methinks we'd started to let that little episode drop of late, but perhaps this will ressurrect it nicely.


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Did anyone recognise after when Steve McQueen totalled the 20 car, he comes back to the Porsche pit, and watches the cars go past, only to get a close up pass by of the actuall camera car (#29 Porsche Flunder) that he entered in the event for those sensational motion shots.

Did you know that S.M. was also entered in the 1970 LeMans, in a 917, with Jackie Stewart, but it did not eventuate?

bigal

http://user.tninet.se/~aiq291w/1970.htm
 
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