It’s 1966 and sports car manufacturer Ferrari are in financial trouble.
Seeing an opportunity to acquire the company, Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts)
sends Ford car companies marketing executive, Lee Lacocca (Jon Bernthal) to
Italy to try and sign a commercial deal with Enzo Ferrari (Remo Girone).
After the discussions break down and Ferrari insults the Americans, Henry
Ford makes it his goal to beat Ferrari at their own game and vows to build
a sports car that will bring Ferrari’s all conquering run at Le Mans to an
In his pursuit of racing glory Ford approaches racing car manufacturer
Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and asks him to design and build a racing car
that can win him Le Mans.
Suffering from heart trouble and told by his doctor that he can never race
again Shelby, in order to find a driver that’s up for the job, he has to
turn to maverick and hothead sports car driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale).
Le Man’s 66 is not all about the racing, although director James Mangold
manages to bring to the screen some spectacular driving sequences that will
have you holding on to the arms of your cinema seat, it’s also about the
personality’s behind the wheel. Shelby has to constantly battle with the
suits at Ford in order to get both his car made and Miles picked as his
driver, executive Leo Beebe (Josh Lucas) tells Shelby that “Ford means
reliability and Ken’s not a Ford man”.
Damon and Bale, who lost 70Ib for the role and is unrecognisable from the
bloated Dick Cheney that he played in “Vice”, are both excellent and help
to make Le Mans ’66 a movie that, even if you’re not a racing enthusiast,
comes highly recommended.