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Postby Kay » Fri 3 Aug 2012 09:16 GMT

Who remembers Steve McQueen in The Great Escape?

Here's a great clip of him on his motorbike.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coWCkAOkQ0U
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Postby Dave » Fri 3 Aug 2012 10:05 GMT

I remember when I was about six there was a poster of him in mid-air that was very popular. :-)
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Postby Graeme » Fri 3 Aug 2012 14:03 GMT

That was a great clip in the movie. McQueen insisted that there be a motorcycle chase sequence to show off his skills at riding fast over rough ground, however he wasn't the one to make the big jump....he had a stunt double. The stunt double managed to parlay this move into a 30 year long career for himself (sorry I can't recall his name). Still, it was a neat part in a great movie.
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Postby Dave » Fri 3 Aug 2012 14:50 GMT

Graeme, you've shattered my illusions. I'd always believed it was him. :cry:

The name was Bud Ekins. According to Wikipedia, he and McQueen were great friends.
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Postby Graeme » Fri 3 Aug 2012 19:39 GMT

Sorry to be a dream buster Dave, thought that was a reasonably well known fact. :?
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Postby Kay » Sat 4 Aug 2012 15:45 GMT

Aargh! I'd thought it was Steve McQueen too. Oh well, you live and learn.
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Postby ruggie » Thu 23 Aug 2012 08:18 GMT

Part of McQueen's reputation was that he did most of his own stunts. So who did the Bullitt stuff? (To see how a pro rally driver in a European car handles that, and a bit more, search Youtube for ' DC SHOES: KEN BLOCK'S GYMKHANA FIVE: ULTIMATE URBAN PLAYGROUND; SAN FRANCISCO'
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Postby Graeme » Thu 23 Aug 2012 13:55 GMT

Ken Block has to be one of the best drivers out there, amazing skills!
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Postby ruggie » Wed 5 Sep 2012 20:34 GMT

Looking at that clip again, what strikes me is the overbearing incidental music. Always used to irritate me when I was a kid. Now it helsp to date the film.
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Postby gozomark » Fri 7 Sep 2012 21:13 GMT

ruggie wrote:Looking at that clip again, what strikes me is the overbearing incidental music. Always used to irritate me when I was a kid. Now it helsp to date the film.


good point - not only is it too loud, its also repetitive - still a great clip though :-)
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