The Silver Screen and the Automobile
Cars have always been an important part of the cinema scene. Whether if the entire movie is about training for the big race, or if there’s only a brief cameo by a so-called “super car,” it’s sure to become indelible to the viewer, whether or not they remember the name of the film. Many of my coworkers at Middletown Honda often have conversations that begin with “Remember that one movie with the really cool car?” or “What was the one where the car did a flip through a wall of flames?”
Notable Cars From Movies
I tend to hate “Top 10 Lists” because they box out so much good material. So here’s a selection of some of my favorite, or rather more memorable, car moments from movies:
- The giant car crash in Blues Brothers: the giant cop car crash just keeps going, and going, and going, and going. The filmmakers bought 60 cop cars to use for chase scenes, at a mere $400 each. So many cars were destroyed during the filming in fact that Blues Brothers holds the record for most vehicle wrecks.
- The Ferrari GT California jump in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: set to the tune of the Star Wars fanfare, the scene where the two dishonest garage attendants take the Ferrari off of a large hill will, in my mind, remain one of the most memorable car moments in any film.
- The Aston Martin cameo in Skyfall: Bond’s Aston Martin originally made its debut in Goldfinger, alongside a 1967 Ford Mustang. Though no chase is necessarily involved in the charming cameo in Skyfall, the shot of Daniel Craig, Judy Dench, and the classic Aston Martin against the rural English country side is unforgettable.
- The pod race from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menance: a lot of things about this movie were awful. We won’t even discuss Jar Jar Binks. The epic pod race scene on the desert planet Tatooine saved it in my mind. While not really cars, what’s not the love about cool looking space-chariots careening through rocky ravines at speeds of several hundred miles an hour?
- The junkyard scene from The Brave Little Toaster: despite its quirky animated style, much of this movie terrified me as a child, and still continues to haunt me to this day. The scene I’m speaking of specifically involves piles of old, worn vehicles crooning morosely as they are dropped one by one into a massive, industrial crusher where they are turned into small, perfect metal cubes. Terrifying.