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    Great car chases in movies

    If you liked Ronin, get out on DVD the new Luc Besson movie, The Transporter. All about a guy who transports "stuff" for a fee - owners of Pug 307s will love watching the police cars trying to catch him!!!
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    Nothing beats The Blues Brothers, but there was one episode of The Saint (or was it The Champions?) where some poor man was being chased by the baddies in their E-type Jag.

    He was doing fairly well, too, almost outrunning them... in his 203!

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    Haakon:
    If you liked Ronin, get out on DVD the new Luc Besson movie, The Transporter. All about a guy who transports "stuff" for a fee - owners of Pug 307s will love watching the police cars trying to catch him!!!
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    What incredible timing! I've just borrowed this to watch tonight

    If you're nice, I might even take some screen grabs from the DVD wink .
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    What about The Italian Job, and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World?
    Both of these are just about all car chase. Sadly there is some classic metal being bent, but they were new at the time, so it is not quite so bad.
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    Yeah, especially that Muira...

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    The Taxi movie in French looks interesting..
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    Not just the Muira, there's also an E-type and an Aston Martin go over the edge.
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    Ahh - a favourite topic of mine.

    I am surprised that no-one has mentioned The Burglars (or by its' French name - La Casse) Had one of the best car chases ever, and yet hardly anyone knows about it.

    This was a French production made around 1972 starring Jean Paul Belemondo, Omar Shariff and Diane Cannon. Was set in Athens and had a memorable scene in which Shariff's character, a corrupt policeman chases Belemondo, a thief who has come to Athens to steal diamonds.

    Shariff drives some clapped out Opel - about the same size as a Torana and Belemondo drives a newish Fiat 124 Special T (a 124 sedan with the twin cam and 5 speed which Oz over got). Sorry but nothing Froggy here

    The chase goes half way across the city, into subway stations and concludes with a chase down a long set of stone steps that leaves the cars a bit worse for wear. mallet Chase is prety full on, no special effects etc...

    The only thing I found a bit unbelieveable is that a 124 ST would have absolutely outrun and outhandled a crappy Opel (think of a wheezy small 6 cylinder like an old Holden- assuming the drivers were of similar abilities, but I suppose this is the movies we are talking about.

    This is a vastly overlooked chase. There was an article in Unique Cars a month or so ago on this very topic, and they listed 100 films with (supposedly great chases - not in all cases if you ask me) and not La Casse. No accounting for taste. cry

    Las Casse is as as yet unavailable on DVD....hopefully that will change very soon. I think you can get it on the V ery H azy S ystem, but I am not that desparate.

    But this post ends with a Froggy connection wink

    The stunts were peformed by Remy Julliene (have I spelt that right?) who is/was one of the biggest names in car stunts in movies nover the years. has done many of the Bond movies - including my fav Bond chase - Foy Your Eyes Only - with the 2CV snail and the 2 504's.

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    One good opportunity to get some Froggy cars into action was A Man & A Woman, the classic from 1966/67.

    This movie has the distinction, I believe, of being the only movie with subtitles to ever be shown on Sunday night on a commercial channel.

    Subsequently it's been dubbed and released on video, and there's a sequel too. The sequel has lots of French car action, 505 era.

    But the original wastes that opportunity to include French cars by using American cars... a Mustang principally. And the car chase is totally different. After completing the Monte Carlo Rally or something, Jean Louis Trintignant drives back to Paris (or similar) through rain etc, fatigue eating him up, to meet up with Anouk Amie again.

    Great movie. To hell with the car chase...

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    The car scenes (more than simply "chases") in the original 1973 Edward Fox version of "The Day of the Jackal" are pretty hard to beat in my book.

    Actually some English B&W movies from the late 40's and 50's had some pretty good chases too.

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    The original "Gone in 60 seconds" would have to up there (not like the crappy remake)......3/4 of the movie is car chase

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    Yep, and you can buy it on DVD for $12 from JB HiFi in melbourne .

    Towards the end of the chase you see a blue 404 crash into the back of someone .
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    a great late 60's film starring Steve McQueen called "Le Mans" (i think). Opening sequence follows our star driving an early 911S ... a pleasure to watch.
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    I love the early 911s. Beautiful looking car and they have a great sounding engine.

    John Frankenheimer (or whatever his name is) who directed Ronin also directed a movie back in the 60s (I think) called Grand Prix. That was meant to be the first film that had cameras mounted on cars etc.
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    [QB]What about The Italian Job, and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World?
    Both of these are just about all car chase. Sadly there is some classic metal being bent, but they were new at the time, so it is not quite so bad.[QB]
    I could have cried when that Aston DB4 went over. cry

    I still enjoy the Dodge Charger 440R/T vs Ford Mustang Cobra chase through the streets of SanFrancisco in "Bullit" with Steve McQueen.
    Haven't seen LeMans or Taxi yet -can't find it in the video stores

    Can't forget the Bond films. I think it was On Her Majesty's Secret Service where there you get to hear the awesome Aston Martin DBS Vantage being driven in anger.
    And lastly, I'll mention Swordfish....mmmmm...TVR Tuscan..
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    I have heard that the Aston wasn't a real Aston at all. The story goes that they used a Lancia which was similar in size and shape to the Aston Martin, and had it modified to look like the real thing. I don't know if it is true, but it is not that far fetched. In the movie about Preston Tucker and the Tucker Torpedo, there is a scene where a Tucker gets rolled. There were only 50 ever made, and they are worth around $200,000 US each, so the cars used for driving in the movie were fibreglass, but the car that rolls had to be metal, as splintering fibreglass wouldn't look right. They got an ordinary american car of the period, and modified it to look like a Tucker.

    If you are talking about Bond films, the best one for cars was Goldfinger. It featured a DB5 Aston, a Rolls Royce Phantom 3, and lots more.
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    Of the aussie stuff, Running on Empty 1982 featuring amongst other things is a GTHO. head_ban

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    Le Casse is an absolutely overrated film and the car chase is a knockout... but of course what about the French Connection? Remy Julienne coreographed the chase scenes from both movies as well as the famous tilting Mustang scene in the 007 movie Diamonds are Forever.

    As far as Aussie car chases, the one in The Man from Hong Kong is heartstopping- even if the main car in question is a VJ Charger!!! mallet
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    Yeah - wasn't implying that La Casse the movie was great but the most important thing - the chase was !

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    Wasn't the whole point of A Man and a Woman just a big photo op for the (then-still-new) Mustang and (especially) v hot GT40? (Oh, and the muolto tasty Ms Aimee?) Certainly worked for me at that level ...

    And did we overlook Vanishing Point, since we've already polluted this thread with American autos (Dodge Challenger)? Then there was Two Lane Blacktop, with a 57 Chevy up against a GTO ... fourteen minutes of Bullit has already been mentioned (Turn the video off and the sound up, then do the opposite). And just to re-establish the French connection, did anyone mention The French Connection?

    For a different sort of a chase, how about Dennis Weaver taking on an 18-wheeler with a Valiant in Spielberg's (1970?) Duel?

    And what was the deal with Cage's Gone in 60 Seconds on DVD that they chopped out the opening sequence? At the cinema, it began with a shot up the exhaust of the Porsche, and the note of that mighty motor was the first sound you heard ...

    If it's not exactly CHASES, it shouldn't be necessary to mention Rendezvous, which I read somewhere the other day has been remade. Wasn't impressed enough to bother remembering with what ... and finally, for all Pug-heads, nothing touches ClimbDance, of course!
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    And did we overlook Vanishing Point, since we've already polluted this thread with American autos (Dodge Challenger)? Then there was Two Lane Blacktop, with a 57 Chevy up against a GTO ...
    Whooaaah!! that takes me back, I remember leaving the theatre after watching Vanishing Point and all the lads jumping into their hotted EH Holdens and screaching off into the night eek! and Two Lane Blacktop either your as old I am or a real 'car movie' fan

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    <<Rendezvous, which I read somewhere the other day has been remade. Wasn't impressed enough to bother remembering with what>>



    Well, I see in yesterday morning's Melbourne Herald-Sun cars guide that it's called "The Run" and it's available on DVD (19 minutes?), and it's a Nissan 350Z roadster doing Prague. I just previewed it in hi-res QuickTime at <a href="http://www.nissanusa.com" target="_blank">www.nissanusa.com</a> via their z.com sub-site.



    Looks and sounds terrific, but it's very apparent from the multitude of camera angles and the number of runs they must have taken to get them that all it really took was some PR man's derivative concept and a heavy application of money.



    To my mind, that leaves it a long way behind Rendezvous, which was a single continuous shoot with just enough leftover film stock from one bumper-mounted camera ... oh, yes, and on a howling V12 Ferrari, complete with a rattle on over-run in the gearbox ... legendary stuff!



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    I give up Chris - what movie is it that features the sinister looking black DS?

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    So what movie is the Black DS from?

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    Other good car chase movies are The Driver with Ryan O'Neil trashing a then current Mercedes Compact in an underground carpark to demonstate his prowess, Fear Is The Key, featuring a fantastic sequence with a Ford Torino careening through the Florida everglades, Danger Diabolik, featuring John Philip Law as a money hungry baddie he has an E-Type, but the police have D's which end up getting destroyed in numerous creative ways.

    Freedom, a SA Film Corp movie which was the first movie directed by Scott Hicks. John Blake as a bored youngster who steals a Porsche 911 and crashes in a dramatic but poorly staged scene while doing the Gorge.

    No car chase in this movie but it is interesting because of its content. End Play, an Australian movie from the tax dodge '70's era. The feature cars being a Renault 15TS and a 17TL, owned by the psychopathic baddy and his brother, the cars are credited as being from Renault Australia. It wasn't the only Renault Aust. product placement in that era though. The common thread with Renault product placement seems to be that the baddies have the Renaults or they are portrayed in a poor way, like the snapped 11 Taxi and the 5T2 in the James Bond franchise movies, Megane Cabrio in an episode of Stingers.....

    Also not to be forgotten for car content are the Jacques Tati films Trafic and Mon Oncle.
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