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Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
10/4/21 9:12 p.m.
ddavidv UltimaDork
10/5/21 6:48 a.m.

Uhm, you meant 1980s. I knew from the music before I even saw the car.

Streetwiseguy MegaDork
10/5/21 8:48 a.m.

Couldn't get through the music.

Now is the time on Sprockets when we dance.

dculberson MegaDork
10/5/21 9:20 a.m.

In reply to ddavidv :

The music is modern, from Lazerhawk. The video is from the movie The Driver, from 1978.

aircooled MegaDork
10/5/21 9:33 a.m.
Streetwiseguy said:

Couldn't get through the music....

You didn't miss much.  Cool cars, but only the end 5% is action, and it's mostly just shifting.

Not going to push Bullet off its pedestal.


Apis Mellifera
Apis Mellifera Dork
10/6/21 8:46 a.m.

I'm sure I've posted this before, but the Gran Torino chase from Fear is the Key is my pick.  Partly because the first new car my parents bought was a red '72 Gran Torino and the terrain and people pictured remind me of the mid-70s Carolina coastal low lands where I was born and raised.  So there the nostalgia aspect of it.  Mainly though, I now own a red '72 Gran Torino and I can't imagine driving it like this.  It's like seeing a fat lady do a double back flip - clearly it can be done, but based on my understanding of physics, I'm both impressed and terrified to see something with that mass and density fly through the air like that.



Duke MegaDork
10/6/21 1:13 p.m.

In reply to Apis Mellifera :

Man, the suspension travel makes them look like trophy trucks.

I heart those Catalina cop cars.

Also, TIL that there is a movie of Fear Is The Key.

Fear Is The Key by Alistair MacLean 0006132553 9780006132554

volvoclearinghouse PowerDork
10/6/21 2:15 p.m.

RE: Fear is the Key chase:  That's the first car chase I've ever seen on a wooden road.  That Rockford J-turn the huge Poncho makes where the back end caroms off the curb is pretty wild, too.  Thanks for the video.  

02Pilot UltraDork
10/6/21 3:49 p.m.

In reply to Apis Mellifera :

Never heard of that movie, but as soon as I started watching the linked video I realized that the actor also played Kowalski in Vanishing Point (which is in itself one big car chase). Talk about typecasting.

02Pilot UltraDork
10/6/21 4:03 p.m.
CJ (FS) Dork
10/6/21 4:47 p.m.
stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
12/28/21 10:30 a.m.

That chase in Fear is the Key was pretty wild.  I don't remember the movie back when it came out, but I'd like to see it now.  Did you notice how the Torino got bent in the middle when it made the jump to the ferry, then later it was un-bent, then even later on it was bent again after another jump?  smiley

I had to look up the stunt coordinator, it was Carey Loftin.  Between him and Bill Hickman, they did the driving stunts for just about every movie back then.

volvoclearinghouse PowerDork
12/28/21 10:54 a.m.

In reply to stuart in mn :

I did see this.  Reminded me of the Dukes of Hazzard episodes where they'd launch the General Lee, you'd see it land and the front end get all smashed up, and in the next scene it was pristine again.

Also, I always loved this chase scene.  How many times have you seen a car-subway chase?


ddavidv UltimaDork
12/29/21 7:34 a.m.

They should have named that movie "Editing is the Key". laugh

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
12/29/21 8:40 a.m.

This thread reaffirms my desire for a '72 Torino.

Needs moar '73 Mustang.



I cannot read, or dial, a Central Ohio telephone number without mentally adding "Henry Sam Ocean" after the 614 area code.

Jerry PowerDork
12/29/21 8:52 a.m.

I found Hooper on HBOMax last night, haven't watched it since it came out in 1978.  Plenty of car stuff and the bonkers action scene at the end with the "jet car" Trans Am.  And Sally Field in her prime wearing tiny shorts and no bra didn't hurt either.

jharry3 Dork
12/29/21 8:54 a.m.

In reply to Apis Mellifera :

Fear is the Key.  That chase scene is filmed in Louisiana.  The Belle Chasse ferry gives it away.  Belle Chasse is a town a few miles down the Mississippi river from New Orleans and on the West Bank.   

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
12/29/21 9:38 a.m.

Just an aside.  The thing with Earl McGraw's line of sunglasses on the dashboard from Kill Bill was a direct homage by Quentin Tarantino to the row of sunglasses on Mandrian Pace's Cadillac in the opening scene from Gone in 60 Seconds.

(I don't know why it is showing up as a dead video.  I can click "Play" and it plays)


Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
12/29/21 10:51 a.m.

Also.  1970s, Fords...



One thing I miss about modern cars, besides warning lights that read in words and not heiroglyphics, is the way they would parade when you turned the key.  The bit at 7:14 always struck me as menacing but now it is also a bit nostalgic.

Apexcarver UltimaDork
12/29/21 11:34 a.m.
Toyman! MegaDork
12/29/21 1:10 p.m.
Jerry said:

I found Hooper on HBOMax last night, haven't watched it since it came out in 1978.  Plenty of car stuff and the bonkers action scene at the end with the "jet car" Trans Am.  And Sally Field in her prime wearing tiny shorts and no bra didn't hurt either.

This is the first movie I ever saw in theaters. It was awesome for an 11-year-old. 


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