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December 08, 2008

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P. Dent Tree

I know I'm an anorak, but the gray and white car changes from a two-door 1958 Plymouth Belvedere into a four-door 1960 Dodge Dart, back to the Plymouth, back to the Dodge, back to the Plymouth.

And they really don't look much alike. (It's a little distracting.)

Also, everybody complains about Detroit, but when they needed to film a punishing car chase, they went for a Chrysler product and a General Motors product (I'm pretty sure the blue car is an Opel Diplomat). The Renaults and Citroens became fodder for crashes.

We may not build efficient cars, but we sure do build cars that take a lickin'.

Sorry, I'll get me hat ...

WmMBerger

Whoa! I love the way Gemma honks so the schoolgirls can get out of the way...so European! It's remarkable what directors could come up with before they all had CGI and a team of crack South Korean animators at their disposal. Mark, you need to post more often....

Michael

Seriously, this is brilliant. Possibly the best I've ever seen.

Dale

I thought it was a DeSoto at first. This reminds me of when CHiPS was on in reruns a couple of years ago. I'd go nuts when they'd destroy a rust free 50s pickup or Econoline van or toilet seat-deck Valiant. Even those plain Jane's are special today. It takes real skill to drive one of these heavy old cars with drum brakes and not kill someone or yourself. Kudos.

boil

So great. Thanks for the post.

Jeff Jobson

The Plymouth/Dodge switchoff was indeed pretty obvious, but I did notice they grafted on the older car's fins to at least try to make them look the same. I would imagine there weren't too many 1958 Belevederes in Hamburg in 1972 to work with! It does make me wonder what happened to that first car during the shoot!

Wax

Ahhh... A chestnut from the days when you could actually follow the action in an action film... I want one of them thar cars that doesn't die no matter how hard you try to kill it...

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