Steve McQueen was the ultimate car guy and a prominent movie star. On November 13, the legend of Le Mans once again comes to the silver screen in the documentary Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans.
McQueen had a passion for racing and devoted himself towards making the movie, Le Mans.
“I always wanted to shoot a motor racing picture because it has always been something close to my heart.”
– Steve McQueen
The film, Le Mans, is one of the best pure racing movies ever made. But McQueen didn’t love making it. The shoot was plagued by financial troubles, on-set rivalries, and rumors of his affairs. The documentary really tells the tale of how making the movie, Le Mans, ruined a man’s love of the sport and brings to light what caused McQueen to quit racing forever.
This documentary uses previously unseen footage from the production, present day interviews, and a lot of commentary from Chad, McQueen’s son.
After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival in May, the documentary has been making the rounds at other film festivals and was eventually acquired for limited distribution in the U.S. by FilmRise from Content Media. The documentary will be released in New York and Los Angeles on November 13, as well as VOD, download-to-own platforms, DVD and Blu-ray.
Got racing on the mind? Here is video of a practice run up Pikes Peak in a 1991 Acura NSX from this year’s race.