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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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......
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?
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