Hollywood Collection - Steve McQueen: Man of The Edge
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Abandoned by his father, he was a reform school kid with nothing going for him and a giant chip on his shoulder. He joined the Marines, but never stayed far from trouble. Then he discovered acting - and the woman who would be with him for most of his meteoric career. He was Steve McQueen, one of Hollywood's highest paid stars - and one of its most difficult, most rebellious and, when he wished, most charming. His story is told with film clips from his greatest performances, including The Magnificent Seven, Love With The Proper Stranger, The Cincinnati Kid, The Reivers, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Bullitt. Also shown are home movies - and the recollections of those who knew him best, including Steve's first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel and their children, Terri and Chad, fellow actors Chuck Norris, Karl Malden, Don Gordon, as well as directors, producers, agents and the racing buddies who saw it all happen. Narrated by James Coburn.
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A fascinating job of encapsulating the star and the era (the 60 s) with inspired movie clips, James Coburn s spirited narration and an uncredited jazz-tinged score. For McQueen fans, it s absolute must viewing. --Hollywood Reporter
One worth watching for anyone in need of a McQueen refresher: for anyone who wants to revisit that seminal car chase in Bullitt or maybe catch a nostalgic glimpse of the potent sawed-off carbine he used to tote in Wanted: Dead or Alive. --Washington Times
... Steve McQueen, one of the highest paid motion picture stars of the 1960 s and 1970 s. A three-dimensional Steve McQueen with alluring sex appeal, acknowledged super star, and a subdued defiant man was looking for approval but never finding it. ...never reaching the plateau of his desires, yet others saw the making and stardom of Steve McQueen. Highly Recommended. --Educational Media Reviews Online
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The documentary is from 1986 so it was done 6 years after Steve McQueen passed away. It's about an hour long and contains many long clips from several of his movies. Steve's first wife Neile is interviewed the most and provides some insight into Steve. Steve's widow Barbara Minty and his second wife Ally McGraw do not appear. There are a few words from his son Chad and daughter Terry. Terry passed away in 1998 so obviously is not included in the various DVD bonus features I have watched. It was nice, but sad, to see this lovely young lady. Actors Shelly Winters, Don Gordon and Karl Malden talk about their experiences with Steve McQueen. Yet, there is a feeling so many more people could have been interviewed. It seems like that only came later with bonus features on the DVDs of Steve's major movies.
You will get more information from the DVD bonus features on several of Steve's films. In fact, the exact same people, minus Terry, are interviewed at length in those features. MAN ON THE EDGE might be mildly insightful for someone who knows little about Steve McQueen but this documentary is seriously uninspired and doesn't delve deeply into McQueen's life. Yes, there is an overview but little detail. Besides seeing Terry, the other plus to this documentary is seeing some family home movies of Steve playing with his young children.
Although MAN ON THE EDGE has some merit, it is seriously disappointing in it scope of this very complex and multi-faceted man.
This was listed as 'recommended viewing' after THE SAND PEBBLES . . . managed to misplace that one in my watch list. This was a terrific follow up!
If you are an avid Steve McQueen fan, and who isn't, you will find this interesting and informative but not gear head oriented.