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23 June 1971 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve McQueen ... Michael Delaney

Siegfried Rauch ... Erich Stahler

Elga Andersen ... Lisa Belgetti

Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... David Townsend
Fred Haltiner ... Johann Ritter

Luc Merenda ... Claude Aurac
Christopher Waite ... Larry Wilson

Louise Edlind ... Mrs. Anna Ritter
Angelo Infanti ... Lugo Abratte
Jean-Claude Bercq ... Paul-Jacques Dion
Michele Scalera ... Vito Scaliso
Gino Cassani ... Loretto Fuselli
Alfred Bell ... Tommy Hopkins
Carlo Cecchi ... Paolo Scadenza
Richard Rüdiger ... Bruno Frohm
Hal Hamilton ... Chris Barnett
Jonathan Williams ... Jonathan Burton
Peter Parten ... Peter Wiese
Conrad Pringle ... Tony Elkins
Erich Glavitza ... Josef Hauser
Peter Huber ... Max Kummel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jocelyne Jeanssen ... (uncredited)
Karine Lafabrie ... Second Reporter (uncredited)
Anne Libert ... Une femme en rouge (uncredited)
Jacques Mayar ... Third Reporter (uncredited)
Alan Rossett ... First Reporter (uncredited)
Nathalie Vernier ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Lee H. Katzin 
Writing credits
Harry Kleiner 

Produced by
Alan Levine .... associate producer
Jack N. Reddish .... producer
Robert E. Relyea .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
Cinematography by
René Guissart Jr. 
Robert B. Hauser 
Film Editing by
Ghislaine Desjonquères 
Donald W. Ernst 
John Woodcock  (as John M. Woodcock)
Catherine Kelber (uncredited)
Ferris Webster (chief editor) (uncredited)
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Phil Abramson 
Costume Design by
Phil Abramson 
Ray Summers 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Marie-France Seyrat .... hair stylist
Christiane Sauvage .... makeup assistant (uncredited)
Production Management
Hubert Fröhlich .... production manager (as Hubert Foehlich)
Robert L. Rosen .... executive in charge of production
Peter Samuelson .... assistant production manager
René Noel .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gus Agosti .... first assistant director
Louis Pitzele .... first assistant director: second unit
Jack N. Reddish .... second unit director
Les Sheldon .... assistant director
Mishka Cheyko .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Christian Fuin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Mark Kasdan .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Peter Samuelson .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Nikita Knatz .... visual designer
Donald B. Nunley .... property master (as Don Nunley)
Pierre Barbet .... leadman (uncredited)
Pierre Barbet .... set dresser (uncredited)
Henri Berger .... set dresser (uncredited)
Henri Berger .... swing man (uncredited)
Raymond Cormier .... production buyer (uncredited)
Enrico Corti .... props (uncredited)
Leo Dal Paos .... constructor (uncredited)
Gerard Davy .... constructor (uncredited)
Giuseppe Del Paos .... head constructor (uncredited)
Max Delor .... local help set dresser (uncredited)
Victor Feuz .... constructor (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Francois Langevin .... local help set dresser (uncredited)
Yves Lequenne .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Jac Stulberg .... apprentice (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Dockendorf .... re-recording mixer
Jack A. Finlay .... supervising sound editor (as Jack)
John W. Mitchell .... sound mixer
Jim Bullock .... sound editor (uncredited)
Michel Desrois .... boom operator (uncredited)
Harrik Maury .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Michel Maïofis .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Richard Oswald .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Keith Pamplin .... boom operator (uncredited)
Michèle Robert-Lauliac .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sass Bedig .... special effects
Jacques Beranger .... special effects (uncredited)
Roland Gautherin .... special effects (uncredited)
Georges Iaconelli .... special effects (uncredited)
Malcolm King .... remote control operator (uncredited)
Alfred Staeger .... special effects (uncredited)
Willy Trampenau .... special effects (uncredited)
Daniel Tuffery .... special effects (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... double: Steve Mcqueen (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
René Astarie .... key grip
Alex Barbey .... camera operator
Michel Bouyer .... camera operator
Christian de Cortanze .... camera operator
André Marc Delourmel .... still photographer
Elie Fontanille .... gaffer
Claude Mousset .... camera operator
Gaylin P. Schultz .... camera mounts (as Gaylin Schultz)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer
François About .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Pierre Abraham .... electrician (uncredited)
Yves Agostini .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Pierre Brard .... focus puller (uncredited)
Maurice Brivady .... grip (uncredited)
Serge Cry .... electrician (uncredited)
Heinz Feldhaus .... camera engineer (uncredited)
Marc Fontanilles .... electrician (uncredited)
Christian Gallegos .... camp electrician (uncredited)
Lothar Hohlfeld .... focus puller (uncredited)
Leon Letteron .... grip (uncredited)
André Marquette .... camera loader (uncredited)
Marcel Moncel .... generator operator (uncredited)
Georg Ostler .... focus puller (uncredited)
Roger Parlebas .... electrician (uncredited)
Ronnie Fox Rogers .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jean Strasser .... grip (uncredited)
Michel Thiphaine .... electrician (uncredited)
Roger Wingel .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andree Astarie .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Henry Hoogsteyns .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Shelly Levine .... costumer: men (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Pauline Leroy .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Gene Feldman .... supervising music editor
Michel Legrand .... musical director (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Han Akersloot .... driver: racing cars
Richard Attwood .... driver: racing cars
Claude Ballot-Lena .... driver: racing cars
Christian Baron .... driver: racing cars
Jurgen Barth .... driver: racing cars
Derek Bell .... driver: racing cars
Edgar Berney .... driver: racing cars
Paul Blancpain .... driver: racing cars
Arthur Blank .... driver: racing cars
Jean Pierre Bordin .... driver: racing cars
Guy Chasseuil .... driver: racing cars
Andre de Cortanze .... driver: racing cars
Hugues de Fierlant .... driver: racing cars
Vic Elford .... driver: racing cars
Nanni Galli .... driver: racing cars
Erich Glavitza .... driver: racing cars
Masten Gregory .... driver: racing cars
Pierre Greub .... driver: racing cars
Jean Pierre Hanrioud .... driver: racing cars
René Herzog .... driver: racing cars
Toine Hezemans .... driver: racing cars
Peter Huber .... driver: racing cars
Jacky Ickx .... driver: racing cars
Jean-Pierre Jabouille .... driver: racing cars
Helmut Kelleners .... driver: racing cars
Gérard Larrousse .... driver: racing cars
Herbert Linge .... driver: racing cars
Steve McQueen .... driver: racing cars
John Miles .... driver: racing cars
Silvio Moser .... driver: racing cars
Herbert Muller .... driver: racing cars
Mimmo Neccia .... driver: racing cars
Robin Ormes .... driver: racing cars
Mike Parkes .... driver: racing cars (as Michael Parkes)
Aldo Pessina .... driver: racing cars
Teddy Pilette .... driver: racing cars
David Piper .... driver: racing cars
Brian Redman .... driver: racing cars
Jean Sage .... driver: racing cars
Jo Siffert .... driver: racing cars
Rob Slotemaker .... driver: racing cars
Dieter Spoerry .... driver: racing cars
Rolf Stommelen .... driver: racing cars
Jonathan Williams .... driver: racing cars
Daniel Aumont .... driver (uncredited)
Bernard Boulay .... taxi driver (uncredited)
Rene Brouard .... taxi driver (uncredited)
Albin Eichel .... head driver (uncredited)
Jacob Holzhofer .... transportation manager (uncredited)
Pierre Jacquemin .... driver (uncredited)
Pierre Jardin .... driver (uncredited)
Phillipe Jorion .... driver (uncredited)
John Lake .... driver (uncredited)
Maurice Leroy .... taxi driver (uncredited)
Alain Lochouarn .... driver (uncredited)
Raymond Marchand .... taxi driver (uncredited)
Joel Mozdzer .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Andrew Ferguson .... head of racing department
John Franco .... script supervisor
Mike Parkes .... racing consultant (as Michael Parkes)
Vincent Tubbs .... unit publicist
Haig Alltounian .... chief mechanic (uncredited)
Hans Arn .... catering manager (uncredited)
Joan Arnold .... secretary: Mr. Reddish (uncredited)
Louis Baroux .... garage night watchman (uncredited)
Jean Batard .... plane mechanic (uncredited)
Bess Benveniste .... secretary: Mr. Kleiner (uncredited)
Kerst Bottema .... projectionist (uncredited)
Marcelle Boudet .... secretary: Mr. Relyea (uncredited)
Sister Brigitte .... medical nurse (uncredited)
Claude Brossard .... mechanic (uncredited)
Magy Brunner .... coordinator: housing and travel (uncredited)
Ron Butcher .... communications chief (uncredited)
Helen Carrier .... secretary to writer (uncredited)
Claude Chaumond .... apprentice: A.C.O. (uncredited)
Claude Chaumond .... liaison: A.C.O. (uncredited)
Jacques Chesnel .... camp workman (uncredited)
Daniel Chiarelli .... camp workman (uncredited)
Jean-Yves Couant .... pilot: plane (uncredited)
Gerard Crombac .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Ricardo De Frutos .... cashier (uncredited)
Louis Deret .... garage day watchman (uncredited)
Jeanine Dubois .... camp supervisor (uncredited)
Simone Escoffier .... secretary: Mr. Rosen (uncredited)
Sidney Ganis .... publicist (uncredited)
Christian Gatard .... interpreter (uncredited)
Colette Georges .... camp cleaning woman (uncredited)
Claude Gilaizeau .... apprentice (uncredited)
Leon Guillaume .... camp night watchman (uncredited)
Patricia Knatz .... secretary: racing department (uncredited)
Philippe Le Franc .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dominique Lefèvre .... production secretary (uncredited)
Ralph M. Leo .... production accountant (uncredited)
Alan Levine .... assistant: Mr. Reddish (uncredited)
Darryl Levine .... communications apprentice (uncredited)
Belinda McPherson .... assistant publicist (uncredited)
Danielle Moreau .... office assistant (uncredited)
James Morgan .... apprentice to producer (uncredited)
Liliane Plessix .... camp cleaning woman (uncredited)
Pierre Reynald .... production accountant (uncredited)
Christian Riml .... apprentice to producer (uncredited)
Richard Rivoire .... interpreter (uncredited)
Odette Rousseau .... camp cleaning woman (uncredited)
Line Schvartz .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Dennis Sparks .... sheet metal man (uncredited)
Freddy Zurbrugg .... chief cook (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Las 24 horas de Le Mans" - Spain, Uruguay (original subtitled version)
"Ле Ман" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Льо Ман" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"As 24 Horas de Le Mans" - Brazil
"Büyük yaris" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Las veinticuatro horas de Le Mans" - Spain (DVD title)
"Le 24 ore di Le Mans" - Italy
"Le Mans" - France
"Le Mans" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Le Mans" - Finland
"Le Mans" - Greece
"The 24 Hours of Le Mans" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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106 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Australia:G | Finland:K-8 | France:Tous publics | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:G | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:PG (video rating) (2003) | UK:U (original rating) (1971) | USA:G (certificate #22914) | West Germany:12
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The Porsche 917 which Steve McQueen drove in the film (chassis 022) would later be sold to a privateer for its last competitive year driven regularly by Reinhold Jöst and Willi Kauhsen, before later being sold to race driver and film participant Brian Redman. Redman then sold it to Richard Attwood, the 1970 winner and another film participant, who referred to it as "his pension". Attwood then resprayed it to his 1970 winning color of red with white stripes as well attending numerous shows with it. He later sprayed it to the blue and orange Gulf Oil colors for promotional purposes and auctioned the car off at RM Auctions during the Monterey Historics weekend for less than £1 million in 1974 to Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler, a noted collector. Chandler then sold the car to Bruce McCaw in 2001, and it was maintained at Vintage Racing Motors in Redmond, WA.See more »
Continuity: Levels of dirt on Delaney's Porsche during the final scenes.See more »
Michael Delaney:This isn't just a thousand to one shot. This is a professional bloodsport. And it can happen to you. And then it can happen to you again.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Steve McQueen: The King of Cool (1998) (TV)See more »
FinaleSee more »


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49 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Delaney - the unheroic hero (and all the better for it), 24 October 1998
Author: ciaran from Derby, England

It's always the dispassionate films executed in documentary style that show us what mankind is truly capable of and consequently make us passionate. Kubrick did as much regarding space travel in 2001: A Space Odyssey, as did Wise in his portrayal of scientific method in The Andromeda Strain. When Delaney (McQueen) undramatically explains his motivation for returning to the most demanding of the GT endurance races with the plainly delivered words "When you're racing - it's life. Anything that comes before or after is just waiting" we realise that any emotional content delivered on top of the actions of such men would be superfluous, or would even detract from their achievements.

To the unfamiliar viewer, raised on the formulaic and dependable sports action drama, the tension is in all the wrong places. The start of the race - effectively a 15 minute build up to the 4 o'clock commencement climaxing in Delaney's racing heartbeat and the roar of 50 or so competition engines - has us more wound up than the sequence portraying the final lap (but only just). Similarly, the scene in which Delaney's team manager (Ronald Leigh-Hunt) orders him back on the circuit after a near-fatal accident is without the (surely obligatory nowadays?) show of defiant reluctance - Delaney is hardly the identikit Hollywood hero whom we could expect to confront authority armed to the teeth with the usual cocky dialogue. Quite the opposite. Delaney - the lop-sided figure quite unable even to cope with a confrontation with a fellow racing-driver's widow without feeling awkward - realises that, rather narrowly, he is able only to drive faster than most other professional drivers and that he has no self-affirming existence outside of the demands and constraints of the team.

For all those who believe that the heroes of this world are those who rebelliously reject such impositions on the 'free-spirited' individual - whether they be the social class-based constraints of Titanic or the intellectual ones of Dead Poets Society - the film will no doubt descend into lap upon lap of fast Ferraris and Porsches (as it did for the Time Out film reviewer). Those of us who know that mankind's most towering achievements (winning an event such as the 24 hours of Le Mans being no exception) have been constructed by relatively stunted men and women will sympathise with the character of Michael Delaney. Delaney is no hero, but is all the more heroic for it.

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