I thought it was a very good movie and worked both as a racing movie and a drama. My wife, who knows nothing about F1, like the movie also, which says a lot. She did say it was too loud in some of the racing scenes, which just proves Howard got it right IMO.
The movie inspired me to dig out a few photos from the 1978 USGP at Watkins Glen. Quality isn't the best, I had to scan the photos and they're getting on in years.
Niki Lauda in the garage area going to his race car.
Lauda in his Brabham-Alfa in the pits. Not a reliable car (understatement!) but the 12 cylinder Alfa engine at least sounded good.
Carlos Reutemann and James Hunt on pit road for a tire testing session. Reutemann is in street clothes and left testing to his rookie teammate Gilles Villenueve.
Reutemann in his Ferrari 312T3 during qualifying. Great car and he won the race.
Mario Andretti and Lotus team owner Colin Chapman in the pits, Andretti in the revolutionary ground effects Lotus 79. Andretti already had wrapped up the F1 Driver's Championhip, but the race at The Glen wasn't a happy occasion due to the death of teammate Ronnie Peterson a couple of weeks earlier at Monza.
Andretti in the Lotus 79 during qualifying.Edited by steve f - 10/4/13 at 1:19pm