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'Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans' documents actor's drive to complete ill-fated 1971 film

'Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans' documents actor's drive to complete ill-fated 1971 film

Steve McQueen could do no wrong in 1970. Known as the King of Cool, McQueen ruled the box office thanks to such memorable films as 1963's "The Great Escape," 1966's "The Sand Pebbles" — for which he earned his only Oscar nomination — and 1968's "The Thomas Crown Affair" and "Bullitt."

It was in 1968 that McQueen, a well-known car racing fanatic, headed to Europe to begin work on his passion project revolving around the legendary 24-hour car race, "Le Mans." But everything went wrong.

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