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Le Mans [DVD] [1971]

Steve McQueen , Siegfried Rauch , Lee H. Katzin    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch, Elga Andersen, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Fred Haltiner
  • Directors: Lee H. Katzin
  • Writers: Harry Kleiner
  • Producers: Alan Levine, Jack N. Reddish, Robert E. Relyea
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Greek, Portuguese, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2003
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009P9LW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,778 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A classic auto-racing movie starring Steve McQueen, Le Mans puts the audience in the driver's seat for what is often called the most gruelling race in the world. McQueen plays the American driver, locked in an intense grudge match with his German counterpart during the 24-hour race through the French countryside even as he wrestles with the guilt over causing an accident that cost the life of a close friend. McQueen is his usual stoic magnetic self, and the racing sequences are among the best ever committed to film. A solid character-driven story combines with raw visceral power to make Le Mans a rich tapestry of action and thrills. --Robert Lane

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A look at the personal relationships of race car drivers and their families, set against the backdrop of a 2-day race in Le Mans, Fr ance.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film for the boys... 30 Nov 2005
Is there a better film made about motor racing? I doubt it. Due to it's age, it is a fascinating snapshot of the period of LeMans racing before daft chicanes where put into the Mulsanne Straight, and racers were real heroes putting their life on the line. Forget all about the weak love interest story that pops up now and again, this is a high octane fuel, retro cool, boys movie. None of the actors in the film actually speak anything for the 1st half an hour or so, (the cars engines do the talking) until McQueen at his 1st pitstop mentions to his co-driver "watch out for the red Lola". The sound of the Porsche 917 and Ferrari 512 engines has to be heard to be believed. The sight and sound of the leading longtail 917 heading past maison blanche as the camara pulls back just after the start of the race, is awsome. McQueen is of course peerless whose style and screen presence defined an era. By the end of this film you will want to be Steve himself, just don't try to emulate his driving in your Mondeo! Slip the disc in the player, turn up the volume and send the partner down the pub. This film is so cool it hurts.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The starting grid 8 Aug 2011
By Mr D
If I'm honest, I don't think Blu-ray brings too much to the picture quality, but the sound (even just through the TV's speakers) is pretty awesome!!
The story line might not be for all - over 30 minutes before anyone speaks, but if you like watching sports car racing, this is for you. Oh, and Steve McQueen - what else could you want!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The DVD I've been waiting for. 3 Sep 2003
Steve was an accomplished racing driver and his Porsche 908 was entered in le mans '70 to gain the on board driving sequences at the start (although he was not allowed to drive). When the film was made in '71 Steve drove another Porasche against 41 international drivers filming for 5 months on location. There is little story, its about a race and the people in it such as Steve who is playing a driver injured the year before. Non race fans may not like it, but cleaned up with 5.1 sound, the music, the cars, some real footage and fantastic filmed driving sequences, no other film has ever or will ever capture the emotion and atmosphere of racing let alone '71 le mans with Porsche 917K's and other cars of that era. I have been waiting for this movie for a long time. (its been out on video in the states for years).
I recommend the book "A French Kiss With Death", it covers Steve's career, Le Mans history, the cars and how this movie was made. In fact, I think I'll put it on again....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action, poor extras 9 July 2003
By echo
You'll either love Le Mans or hate it. It all depends on whether you love the feel and atmosphere of motor racing. This film perfectly captures that emotion. Hardened Steve McQueen fans will be pleased to see this film available, but be moan the lack of extras.
The story itself is not terribly original. Take away the cars and you have a classic sexual tension story whereby a relationship is developing between a widow and the man, albeit innocently, involved in her husband's death. This is not the point however ... the point is to see the cars in action, the story is just there to ensure some drama away from the action, but in truth it doesn't need it. The sight of dozens of thoroughbred 70s sports-racing cars overcoming the challenges of the 8 miles of the Le Mans road circuit is utterly compelling.
The opening 30 minutes are the best in my opinion. The gradual build up to the race and the start itself. The scenes of the Loire countryside are magnificent and very evocative, and as the day of the race continues, the anticipation grows until the fall of the Tricoleur to signify the start.
The 5.1 sound is good and worth the price of the DVD alone if you love the sound of a Porshe 917. The picture transfer is good too, but then it needs to be as there are no extras whatsoever - no trailers, no commentaries, no documentaries, nothing.
And it is this lack of extras that will affect this DVD most. Le Mans, the race, is such an institution it is a great shame that no one bothered to pull together even the most meagre of documentaries on the history and the film's place in that.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
If you like pure speed without Hollywood's over the top car stunts there are only two movies that count; Steve McQueen's 'BULLITT', and Steve McQueen's 'LE MANS'.
Now at long last McQueen's Seminal movie of the 24hour race 'Le Mans' joins 'Bullitt' on DVD. It was never as far as I know on vhs so this is the first time we have been able to get our hands on it apart from taping off the telly. This is however in glorious 2.35:1 panavision, and not old tv square vision.
Sound is Dolby 5.1.The print has been cleaned up and is fantastic.
It would have been nice to have had a 'making of' and maybe a history of the Le Mans 24hour race. But then the lower price takes this into account.
There are no extras other than extra sound tracks for Italian, French, German & Spanish. Subtitles are in English, Dutch, Portuguese, French and Greek.
My advice is BUY IT, draw the curtains, get a couple of cans, slouch in an armchair, put on the headphones and hit the volume to hear those glorious Porsche engines and wrap yourself up in an on the limit high speed run through the french countryside for 1hour 44minutes ( includes time for a tea break while Steve chats-up the lovely Elga Andersen).
Le Mans should carry a public heath warning its such a breath taking thrill:
DO NOT DRIVE YOUR CAR AFTER WATCHING THIS MOVIE. You will: a/ get a speeding ticket, b/have an accident, c/end up in jail, D/a,b & c will happen.
You have been warned.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Picture Quality & sound fantastic, still one of the best motor sport films ever.
Published 16 days ago by Adrian Pitts
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Steve
Steve at his best. What can you say about this film, a movie that McQueen financed himself and near bankrupted him? He had such passion for driving it really shows. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Jonathan Nicholas - Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A1 film
Published 21 days ago by Redstripe70
5.0 out of 5 stars Porsche or Ferrari...? Who cares!
A quite thrilling movie. Forgot how well photographed it is... the cars are beautiful and the racing footage superb. For petrol heads everywhere...with a buzz that lasts... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Monk
4.0 out of 5 stars Not much dialogue but plenty of car action
I have never seen Le Mans on dvd so cannot hold it up againt the blu ray edition but I thought the quality was very good both picture and sound. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bookerman
5.0 out of 5 stars proper movie
Probably petrol heads would like this most but excellent movie all the same. Really gets under the skin of the Lemans
Published 2 months ago by morse
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic
OK, it's place at the top of the motor racing movie pile may have been taken by Rush, but it still remains an absolute, undeniable classic of the type. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr S C
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Like all blu-rays when compared to watching the DVD version or an old video one watching this film is a clearer, more detailed experience and in many cases it's like looking at the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr C. Taft
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie where the race is totally the star
Some how had managed to miss the existence of this movie until now. Not sure how but it meant that it was a real unexpected treat when we did watch it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
If you've never watched Le Mans before you're missing out, the best racing film ever made, Steve Mcqueen is the king of cool and the racing footage is perfect. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dave Hewson
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