12 Hours of Sebring

'The Man & Le Mans' chronicles Steve McQueen's troubled auto-racing film

'The Man & Le Mans' chronicles Steve McQueen's troubled auto-racing film

With a surge of star wattage from smashes such as "The Thomas Crown Affair" and "Bullitt," actor Steve McQueen jump-started an ambitious passion project — the film "Le Mans" — with the goal of authentically representing auto racing on celluloid.

The new documentary "Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans" chronicles that trouble-plagued 1971 picture.

So ardent was McQueen about the sport that he once paired with race car driver Peter Revson to finish second in the 12 Hours of Sebring race in Florida in 1970, losing only to Mario Andretti's crew. For "Le Mans," McQueen enlisted John Sturges, who directed him in...

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