Apparently this was Steve McQueen’s favourite film, and I must say it is the best film I have seen him in so far.
The story involves McQueen’s character who is a very rich businessman who orchestrates the perfect bank robbery just for kicks. On his tail is an insurance investigator played by Faye Dunaway. They fall in love of course, but she is still determined to bust his ass as she knows he was the mastermind.
It is not an overly exciting film, but the chemistry between Steve and Faye was brillo, and there were some good (but not geat) scenes here and there. Still, it is better than Bullitt which really only had that fantastic car-chase going for it, whereas this had a better story and acting, plus Steve actually smiled a few times which was charming to see.
Sean Connery was originally offered the main role in this film, but turned it down.
On the subject of missed roles, Steve was offered the lead role alongside Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but couldn’t accept it:
Wikipedia: McQueen was offered the lead male role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but was unable to accept due to his Wanted: Dead or Alive contract (the role went to George Peppard). He turned down parts in Ocean’s 11, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (his attorneys and agents could not agree with Paul Newman’s attorneys and agents on top billing), The Driver, Apocalypse Now, Dirty Harry, A Bridge Too Far, The French Connection (he did not want to do another cop film), and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
In the film Faye Dunaway drove a Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder which today is one of the most valuable Ferrari’s in the world. Steve did his own stunts of course which involved playing polo (impressive he was too), and driving a dune buggy on a beach like a nutter. He was quite a chap, so it was a real loss when he died of cancer in 1989 aged only 50. In fact, I must put him on the MBMS Page Of Fame, he deserves it.
Not an essential film, but it was not bad.
Date watched: September 15th
Film count 2017: 104