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A great 'watch' - if once again how America itself won the war (or at the very least financed it) film - nevertheless good fun and almost accurate - for a film (especially) from the 'septic's that included that pathetic Holley gaffe was unforgivable though......
Defo a must watch
& interesting to see a smallblock Chevy valve cover on one of the benches.....
Thumbs up from me, better than all the Marvel drivel that seems to be every other film.
I liked it, saw it while in Vega's had to do something other than lose money !
Just been to see it and wasn't disappointed. Even Mrs Joe liked it.
was an entertaining film
but very american hollywood story.
the cars where actually designed and built in England by Lola.
would have been nice ot make that clear.
Shelby while a great driver and maybe a good salesman was not that genius designer portrayed.
but a fun film to watch.
Went to the big screen last night and 66 was a good night out.....
I've just seen it and it more or less lived up to my expectations, but I learnt a lot more than I realised I would - evidently it had been very well researched. The only disappointment was, as I had reckoned in advance, the way the characters are written. Shelby and Miles were obviously both extremely intelligent people but they were given some quite base, superfluous dialogue which bordered on being gob****ey Hollywood cliché, and the idea that they would be the sort of people to engage in a spontaneous, barely provoked public brawl was implausible and embarrassing.
What else? The sound editing... We see footage of three races and in all of them the engine noise is subdued and sometimes overdubbed with music. What were they thinking? The firing of an old engine is Vulcan's own orchestra, so let it be heard! I don't really think either Le Mans '66 or Ford vs. Ferrari were appropriate titles - the film is really a profile of Shelby and Miles and the title ought to reflect that.
All in all, I was impressed. I feared the worst, thinking Hollywood would find a way of making a total hash of two venerable characters, but that hasn't been the case. As with any 'true story', a few events need to be taken with a pinch of salt but, except for that stupid fight, they don't jump out of the screen as being ludicrous. The main thing is that it draws attention to Ken Miles, who generally wouldn't be known by those (like me) without a far-reaching interest in 1960s sports car racing. The responsibility may fall to the viewer to do a bit of fact-checking, but that is permissible for the fact that it shines a light on some overlooked details of an important subject and hopefully succeeds in nurturing an interest in historic racing in the young generation, in the face of relentless eco-bull**** propaganda.
don't read this if you haven't seen it, don't want to spoil it for you......
but it seems all the key points are accurate! i thought it was a great film, well presented, and a fitting way to tell Kens story. like the film 'Rush', it's a story of the people, rather than a totally historically accurate documentary.
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