I Am Steve McQueen

I Am Steve McQueen
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Review

Life has given me much to be thankful for, near the top of my list is Steve McQueen as a fireman in The Towering Inferno. Apart from the fact this is a much under-rated film, McQueen, the sexiest male film star ever, was brilliant in it. Dependable. Brave. Electrifying.

McQueen died cruelly young at just 50, of lung cancer from exposure to asbestos during his career in the US Marines. He left behind a handful of fine films, which are all examined here in an over-long 2014 documentary (there’s far too much petrol-head stuff about his prodigious love for fast cars and speed) by McQueen’s widow, ex-wives, surviving child, Chad, and his friends.

There are plenty of clips, including the fabulous motorcycle leap in The Great Escape, and McQueen doing everything possible to wrest attention away from star Yul Brynner in the Magnificent Seven.

Summary

The life and career of the American actor, who starred in The Thomas Crown Affair, The Getaway, Papillon, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and The Towering Inferno. Featuring contributions by his son Chad, grandson Steven and granddaughter Molly, as well as ex-wives Neile Adams McQueen and Ali MacGraw and widow Barbara Minty McQueen.
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