Le Mans

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"Steve McQueen takes you for a drive in the country. The country is France. The drive is at 200 MPH!"
  • G
  • 1971
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • 6.7  (11,708)
  • 52

Le Mans, released in 1971, is a thrilling sports-action movie that takes the audience through the intense world of car racing at the Le Mans 24 Hour race in France. The key protagonist of the film is Michael Delaney (Steve McQueen), a skilled race car driver, who is joined by his team for an adrenaline-fueled race to the finish line.

The movie is beautifully shot, with John Sturges, the director, providing the audience with an immersive cinematic experience. The race itself is the center of the story, and the challenges and obstacles that the racers face, take center stage. The sounds and sights of the vehicles are also integral to the film’s narrative, as we see the drivers maneuvering their cars, racing through rain and fog, at dangerously high speeds.

Apart from the racing scenes, the movie also provides insight into the complex interpersonal relationships between the racers and their teams. Delaney, for instance, is haunted by the memory of his racing colleague and friend, who he was involved in a fatal accident with the previous year. As the race progresses, Delaney's traumatic experience is juxtaposed against his determination to come out on top.

Another important aspect of the film is its authentic portrayal of the 24-hour Le Mans race. The film-makers shot the movie on location during the actual race and this allowed for a highly realistic depiction of the emotions and stakes at play. The film provides an unvarnished view of the physical and mental demands placed upon the racers during the grueling event.

In terms of the cast, the actors acquit themselves admirably, with McQueen giving a standout performance as the troubled hero. Siegfried Rauch plays Delaney's British rival, Erich Stahler, and does a brilliant job of portraying the character's competitive spirit. McQueen and Rauch carry the movie with their strong performances while Elga Andersen, who plays Lisa Belgetti, provides an emotional depth to the storyline.

The film’s pacing is another of its major strengths. The movie captures the tension, excitement, and emotional intensity of the race, and the director perfectly handles the delicate balance between the racing scenes and those focused on character development. The story never gets bogged down in backstory, allowing the viewer to remain fully engrossed in the racing action.

The cinematography, with its striking use of different shooting mediums such as in-car and trackside camera placements, delivers a first-person experience of Le Mans' high-speed action. Meanwhile, the film's thrilling score, composed by Michel Legrand, provides the perfect accompaniment to the actionous sequences.

Overall, Le Mans is a gripping and authentic film that sets the standard for similar movies in the genre which followed. The movie's action-packed sequences, nuanced performances by the cast, and impressive cinematography make it a must-watch for movie-lovers and racing aficionados alike.

Le Mans is a 1971 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 46 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 52.

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    6.7  (11,708)
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