is a film starring Steve McQueen
as racing driver Michael Delaney, who has has gotten into a serious accident at the Le Mans 24 Hours race. He seeks to prove himself at the next Le Mans and defeat his arch rival Eric Stahler.
For the race itself, see UsefulNotes.Twenty Four Hours Of Le Mans
This film contains examples of:
- Author Appeal: Steve McQueen really raced in Le Mans in real life, so this film is a big expression of love for his hobby.
- Badass Driver: Delaney and Stahler are suggested to be a cut above the other drivers in the race.
- Car Porn: The film is renowned for its lack of dialogue and focus on the actual racing.
- Cool Car: Cars that are still renowned among car enthusiasts today.
- Did Not Do the Bloody Research: The upside-down V hand sign McQueen does in the film. It can be considered an insult in some English-speaking countries.
- Every Car Is a Pinto: An unusual event for a movie that is otherwise quite realistic.
- Fragile Speedster: Both the Porsche and Ferrari cars are largely destroyed when crashed (although replicas were used for filming the crashes as the real cars were far too precious to be crashed).
- Freakier Than Fiction: The 1969 Le Mans race had a very closely contested finish.
- Noodle Incident / Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Stahler and Delaney's great rivalry away from Le Mans is suggested but never seen.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ferrari (Red) and Gulf Porsche (Light blue)
- Scenery Porn: Both of France's countryside and of its cities, this movie can feel downright existentialist at times.
- '70s Hair: Mc Queen's haircut as Delaney has aged more than his 1960s look.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Some of the jazzy fusion music over the montages of badass racing cars seems a bit odd.