Ford v Ferrari
InfoIn 1963, Lee Iacocca, VP of Ford, convinces Henry Ford II to purchase the cash-starved Ferrari car company. When Ferrari opts to sell to Fiat, Henry Ford is furious. Ford orders his racing car division to come up with a car good enough to beat the Ferrari at Le Mans. Iacocca hires Carroll Shelby, a racing driver who won Le Mans in 1959 and Ken Miles, a hot-tempered British racer and struggling mechanic. With Ford money backing them, Shelby and Miles start working on the Ford GT40 Mk1, tuning it up and fixing all the design flaws. However, for the upcoming 1964 Le Mans, Ford decides to replace Miles with another driver. Miles predicts failure. The car loses and Ford feels humiliated. In 1966 Leo Beebe takes over Ford’s racing division. He hires Shelby but not Miles. Beebe agrees that if Miles can win at Daytona, he’ll give Miles a shot to race at Le Mans. Miles is grateful to Beebe for giving him this opportunity. The race is filled with uncertainties and excitement and the outcome is quite a surprise.
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- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 92%
- Metacritic Score: 81
Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Picture; Best Film Editing (Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland)
San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Editing (Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker)
National Board of Review: One of the Ten Best Films of the Year
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