Motorsport movies

Motorsport movies

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Mr_Thyroid

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1,729 posts

171 months

Friday 9th August
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There's a new formula one movie out this weekend - The Art of Racing in the Rain.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1478839/

Or it might be a talking dog movie...

I'd never heard of it before but apparently it's based on a popular book. Has anyone seen it, or read the book - what did you think?

From the summary it sounds terrible - not my kind of thing at all - so it also got me wondering if there are any other, weird, lesser known, or only-tangentially-about-motor-racing movies anyone would like to recommend.

Matt Harper

5,690 posts

145 months

Saturday 10th August
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I watched "Hurley" on a plane-ride earlier this week. Hurley Haywood is a Brumos/Rothmans Porsche legend and multiple Rolex 24/Le Mans/Sebring winner. It's a very sensitively produced and informative documentary featuring an extraordinary racer.

coppice

5,430 posts

88 months

Saturday 10th August
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Racing in the rain is not 'A Formula 1 movie' but , as said , essentially about a talking dog and a master who idolises Senna . Five star review in The Times and on my must see list

thegreenhell

6,012 posts

163 months

entropy

3,778 posts

147 months

Monday 12th August
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Un Homme et une Femme - French film, romance, features sportcars and rallying. Classic soundtrack. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D43yjI6cles

Winning - Paul Newman relationships drama made in the same era as Le Mans and Grand Prix, focuses on the Indy 500. Didn't really stand out - probably could do with watching again for another impression.

The Racing Scene - documentary following James Garner running a race team. Great footage that captures the US racing scene of the late 60s: Daytona 24hrs, Sebring 12hrs, Formula 5000. Massively under-rated. Has been recommended by Quentin Tarantino! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdiqOEZpR0Y


coppice

5,430 posts

88 months

Tuesday 13th August
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Racing in the Rain- I saw it yesterday and it suffers from simplistic plot , poor characterisation and plodding pace . But the film -long narration by the hero's dog , voiced by Kevin Costner - is wonderful . Wry , amusing and moving . Not a dry eye in the house at the end. I will say no more .

Eric Mc

106,998 posts

209 months

Tuesday 13th August
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I have a massive soft spot for 1966's "Grand Prix". Slightly corny plot wise but a wonderful view into the last period of F1 before it got overtaken by commercial and TV interests.

covboy

2,281 posts

118 months

Tuesday 13th August
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Eric Mc said:
I have a massive soft spot for 1966's "Grand Prix". Slightly corny plot wise but a wonderful view into the last period of F1 before it got overtaken by commercial and TV interests.
Somewhere in the BBC archives there must be a copy of the Whickers World programme that went behindthe scenes of the filming incuding the car in the harbour at Monte Carlo

Eric Mc

106,998 posts

209 months

Wednesday 14th August
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I remember watching that on TV when it was first shown - one of the earliest "Making of...." documentaries.

slopes

28,939 posts

131 months

The one that i think of every time is Le Mans with Steve McQueen, it sparked my long term love for the 917 and Porsche endurance racers in general.

stinkyspanner

170 posts

21 months

There is no racing film as atmospheric as Le Mans. Even though the earliest I went to Le Mans was 1989 with my dad, watching this is so evocative it totally puts me back there

cuprabob

7,720 posts

158 months

I also love "Grand Prix" and "Le Mans" but I've also got a soft spot for "Driven" with Stallone. It's so bad, it's actually good :ROFL:

coppice

5,430 posts

88 months

Le Mans is actually a dreadful film but is redeemed by the racing footage. But , with Bullitt , it is guilty of the beatification of Steve bloody McQueen , the so so actor whom far too many paunchy , middle aged blokes want to emulate . So they buy the branded tat , and respray their car in Gulf livery in a tragic attempt to pull girls who look like Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair . And they fail

Eric Mc

106,998 posts

209 months

But the Gulf colours are lovely.