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LE MANS ’66

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8.12 h 32 min2019X-Ray12
Based on the true story, visionary car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and fearless driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) take on the race cars of Enzo Ferrari in Le Mans in 1966.
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James Mangold
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Matt DamonChristian BaleJon Bernthal
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SportsDramaAction
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English [CC]
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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RattyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 November 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
For an American version of the story it's not bad.
I'm giving this five stars because as a movie I think it deserves five stars for the entertainment and movie makers art but as a history of the Ford GT40 it's got more holes than swiss cheese and all them holes tend to be the bit's where the Brit's built the car. Everything else, as far as I know it pretty close to what happened from the American point of view. But the real people who built the car get very little to no mention at all.
Roy Lunn, British, ex Aston Martin, was given the job of getting the car built. He went to Lola a British Racing car manufacturer and bought two Lola cars he thought could do the job. He also recruited John Wyer, also a Brit ex Aston Martin and at the Ford Advanced Vehicles HQ in Slough England they modified and rebuilt the two Lolas, they had bespoke bodies made by Abbey Panels in Coventry England and fitted Ford 4.2 litre V8 engines and employed Bruce McLaren, a New Zealander and Formula 1 driver, to evaluate the prototypes.
The cars first appeared in America in April 64 for the New York Motor Show.
It wasn't until after that that Carroll Shelby got involved. The Ford 4.2 V8 wasn't up to the job so they replaced it with a 7 litre (Shelby Cobra) engine that's when Ken Miles, another Brit, (Along with Carroll Shelby, Ken Miles are the two main protagonists of the movie) came to the for with a win at Daytona in 65. At Sebring, same year, they got on the podium but at LeMans and every other race they failed to finish. Nearly all that, apart from the three main races and Shelby changing the engines for 7 litre ones, was left out of the movie. But at the end of the movie in big letters on the screen they proclaim it was a win for America when the lion's share of the cars conception, building and development was British with the exception of Carroll Shelby's contribution and at his workshops he employed the best mechanics and technicians he could from all over the world. Most of the drivers were brit's. Only the Mark IV cars could be claimed to be American as they were the only ones built in America and Driven by American drivers but they wouldn't have existed if they didn't have Marks 1, 2 and 3 to develop them from and they didn't appear till well after the events in the movie.
That's the great big hole they leave out in the telling of the story. But as a movie the rest is brilliant and one of the best auto sport movies in a long while. The balance between human interest, humour, action and nurdi detail is just about right. The photography is flawless and beautifully executed as it the characterisation and acting and watched just as a piece of entertainment; highly recommendable.
Shame about the American bias but if they didn't the Americans wouldn't want to watch it.
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A R NieldReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 April 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
TREMENDOUS LOOKS LIKE THIS
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Despite being a cynical 59-year-old who has travelled and seen quite a lot, I must admit to being blown away by this film. The evocation of an almost forgotten age of motor sport and life in general was superbly done. Christian Bale's depiction of the exceptional Brummie mechanic and racing driver Ken Miles was sensational. He was matched by Matt Damon's portrayal of Carroll Shelby, the astute American racing guru who only passed away a few years ago. It's a very moving story about human endeavour which works on a number of levels, you don't have to be a fan of motor sport to enjoy this movie. There are so many things to think about and contrast: the power of large corporations versus the inspiration and doggedness of independents being just one. It's also a love story and this is fleshed out by Miles' wife (played convincingly by Caitriona Balfe) and son (Noah Jupe). Christian Bale was as thin as a pin for this role to replicate the keep-fit fanatic Miles but this film was shot close to his movie about Dick Cheney: you would never think they were the same person. He must have been 120 lbs heavier in the Cheney role. A magnificent achievement to pull off both roles consecutively. The film is also great on the eternal contrast between Europe and America. Both continents generate amazing highs and lows and their competitions and collaborations are always worth watching. If you are a motor racing fan, this is the best film since Rush. I assume that director James Mangold used the latter as the bar and he has successfully raised it.
33 people found this helpful
Arthur, Lord WhiteleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 April 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
So many small subtle details to delight racing enthusiasts.
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Wife and I saw this in cinema when it was released. She is not interested in motor sport but thoroughly enjoyed the story of the relationship between the main players - loyalty, trust, teamwork striving for common goal etc.
There are many small details that I missed on first viewing - the gamesmanship in the pits where Shelby twice tried and succeeded to unsettle the Ferrari crew and the small nods of respect from Henry Ford 2 and Enzo Ferrari toward Ken Miles who developed and drove the car to such great effect only to be cheated out of the win by Ford corporate suits, but we all know who the real but unrecorded winner was. Also the total terror and elation of Henry Ford 2 when he passengered in the car driven by Shelby, HF2 said he had no idea - and he was right, he had no idea what he had paid to be created.
A brilliant multi-layered film which I shall watch again and again. It has prompted me to research the lives of Shelby and Miles further, just for my own interest - both motor sport heroes.
19 people found this helpful
Dr MReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 March 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Should be 4 star but it had special memories for me
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As a film, it was 4 stars. The AC Cobra story was lost, Carol Shelby was a tougher character than made out, and Ford executives came over as far too benign. Truth: The AC Cobra was the game changer at Le Mans. I had one and drove it hard. Memories!! I also missed an opportunity to meet the great man himself. What a regret!! Finally, I have lived in company cultures as depicted in this film and it is a lot nastier than portrayed. So, nostalgia gives a 4 star film that extra star. Oh and by the way, great action driving.
12 people found this helpful
Mark DyerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertainment, not documentary
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I am something of a motor racing fan but view and judge this sort of film as entertainment rather than a documentary. As usual there have been comments from those that would prefer the accuracy of a documentary, I am enough of an anorak to see why that would have its place but in the final analysis I prefer to be entertained and would tolerate poetic licence.

Of course, this was always going to be a Hollywoodised version of history showing how the good ol' boys take it to the Europeans but there are several layers in the story. If you look and listen hard enough you will see that the first version of the car was built in England but that Ford used an engine with insufficient power. That enabled the plot to develop where Miles, Shelby and the team added the bigger engine and developed the aero to take a semi-controllable beast with the new engine and get it through corners.

I thought that the politicking with Ford could have done without the portrayal of Leo Beebe as being quite that slimy; the story would have stood up well enough without engendering that antipathy and that spoilt it for me. This was not Shelby/Ford v Ford Suits v Ferrari, they had enough 'baddies' represented by the Italian team. Similarly, I could have done without Shelby being such a wise guy during the race.

I am usually a fan of Messrs Bale and Damon and this film was no exception. I thought they played their characters exactly as I would have expected them to behave - as I say, I'm not looking for impersonations of Miles and Shelby, just believability.

The race scenes are good, believable enough and for a fan like me unnecessary on second viewing. This is essentially a 'buddy movie' (in a good way and well executed) and I found the final scenes quite emotional.
8 people found this helpful
Jon BReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 April 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Up with my favourites
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Up there with my favourite films. Americans don’t have a great history in world motor racing, in spite of having classic races of their own. The American Grand Prix was only relatively recently returned to the calendar.
I’ve seen the reviews and this clearly is an American take on the story. But, Ford is an American company, so I think that’s legit. It isn’t the story of the Ford GT, if it was there would need to be more about the prototype.
It is though, an adrenaline fuelled film that makes me want to go to Le Mans with my sons!
Like Rush, it’s about personality rather than just motor racing (which arguably always was about personalities).
Enjoy the film and don’t get hung up on the history.
6 people found this helpful
alexReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 March 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent film, great actors. The best car film ever made.
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If you like cars then this is one of the best films . Worth every penny. Will watch it again.
10 people found this helpful
SchuesterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointed
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I've been looking forward to seeing this since it's release, and now I have, I'm not sure what to think.

Quite a few people have said it left them feeling cold, that's my take on it too. I really liked Matt Damon's portrayal of Carol Shelby, who seemed to be a (for the most part) level headed guy who really knew his stuff, he also looked pretty cool in sunglasses and a cowboy hat!

I also liked seeing some of the development for the GT40, but very little else engaged me if I'm honest.

One big surprise was that Christian Bale went with that accent, I know there's not much love between the Welsh and the English, but it's almost like he was doing a deliberate parody, Dick Van Dyke anyone? His wife didn't do much better either, also, British stereotypes much?!

Watching Rush for the first time left me with a feeling of utmost respect for all the characters, I felt connected with them and their emotions. I also felt the driving sequences were outstanding; on the whole I feel that's the difference between Ron Howard and James Mangold...

Sadly this was a bit of a flop for me, not sure when I'd want to watch it again.
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