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Finding Steve McQueen - Film Review

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
Published November 14th 2020
New Comedy Action Set In 1970's
Finding Steve McQueen is a new heist comedy with a cast led by Vikings and Raised by Wolves star Travis Fimmel. Here's what to expect.

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New heist movie with a lot of 1970's style


Based on the true story of the Youngstown mob and the biggest bank heist in American history, the action movie weaves likeable characters, a comic script and plenty of car chases in this 91-minute film.

It's a throwback to the 1970s, full of flares, fast classic cars and a young somewhat naive hero who styles himself on icon Steve McQueen.

Amongst the line-up is Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and William Fichtner, so you know you are in safe hands.

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Oscar winner Forrest Whittaker stars in the film


The premise is about a gang of like-minded thieves who plan a heist to steal $30 million in illegal campaign contributions from President Nixon's secret fund - but the FBI is on their trail, including Whittaker's calm and assured detective Howard Lambert.

Fimmel as naive, out for a good time thief Harry Barber is likeable enough and you get behind him as you journey through his adventures. Among his gang of crooks is Fichtner's mob boss and his kooky brother, who has returned a broken man after Vietnam.

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Romance and robbery in Finding Steve McQueen


Director Mark Steven Johnson moves the action between 1980 and the heist in 1972 with flashbacks and romance that keep the momentum moving.

Playing the love interest Molly Murphy is Rachael Taylor and it's good to see that she is given her own back story that gives the character more depth.

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Take in the cars and the action


The car chases feel a little bit Duke of Hazzard at times, which is fun, as a Pontiac GTO flies over bumps in the road with flashing police cars on its tail.

Full of distinctive characters, Finding Steve McQueen manages to offer more than the usual straight action heist movie - plus there are some great fashions and cars to enjoy too.

Rating: 15
Distributor: The Movie Partnership
Release Date: November 16 on digital download
Find It On: iTunes, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Sky Store, Sony, TalkTalk, Virgin, Rakuten & BT
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Why? Enjoy new comedy heist movie with a famous cast
When: From November 16, 2020
Where: Online
Cost: From 7.99
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