STEVE MCQUEEN TAKES YOU FOR A DRIVE IN THE COUNTRY. THE COUNTRY IS FRANCE. THE DRIVE IS AT 200 MPH!
Michael Delaney (Steve McQueen), an American race car driver, competes in the annual Le Mans race even though he crashed the previous year and still suffers the mental consequences. Roaring engines and very little dialogue; this movie is so infatuated with the thrills of the race that everything else is ignored. Fine, if that’s your preference (and real race car drivers love the movie for its credibility), but a lot of people will be bored by the lack of a plot. Still, nicely shot during a real Le Mans race and there’s at least one horrifying crash.
1971-U.S. 106 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Lee H. Katzin. Music: Michel Legrand. Cast: Steve McQueen (Michael Delaney), Siegfried Rauch (Erich Stahler), Elga Andersen (Lisa Belgetti), Ronald Leigh-Hunt.
Trivia: John Sturges started shooting the film, but was subsequently replaced by Katzin.