I agree that American history and automotive history are interwoven, bobjengr. The fact that there's a website (Internet Movie Cars Database) devoted to movie cars says a lot about the importance of automobiles to Americans.
Good points, AnandY. The car says a lot about the movie character. The bad guys in the famous Bullitt chase scene drove a black Dodge Charger, while the good guy (Steve McQueen) drove a (green?) Ford Mustang.
Great slide-show Charles. I'm embarrassed to tell you that I have seen just about all of the movies you reference. There is absolutely no doubt the automobile and our history in this country are interwoven. You can see that from the slides you provide. The cars say a great deal about the American experience and seem to provide chronology sometimes missing in history books.
In most movies you will see different cars depending on the role and the actor themselves. Some actors in most of their movies like to use a car from one manufacturer but different brands, like in the case of Jason Statham in his movies he likes using Audi. I think the cars used in many movies always goes with the lifestyle role they are playing in it. My most favorite car is 1996 Ford Thunderbird.
Bullitt may be my all time favorite, Toaster. Whenever it's on TV, I watch the chase scene. I like it so much that we ran it in the first movie car slideshow, last June. Same for Back to the Future's De Lorean. Vanishing Point is a good call, though. We haven't done that one.
I was prepared to tell you that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang appeared in one of last year's slideshows, when low and behold, I found that it didn't appear in either. Good call, TunaFish#5. Sounds like a good candidate for the next slideshow.
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