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Casting Pearls: Top 10 Movie Cars in a Supporting Role
1 00:00:10,0 --> 00:00:17,0 Casting Pearls: Top 10 Movie Cars in a Supporting Role 2 00:00:18,0 --> 00:00:32,0 At the Academy Awards, it’s a given to find Brad, Jack, and Meryl hogging the front row while scores of lesser luminaries — many just as fetching and talented — pack the seats behind. 3 00:00:33,0 --> 00:00:40,0 And so it goes when you’re talking about the star cars of Tinseltown. 4 00:00:41,0 --> 00:00:54,0 1968 Dodge Charger: “Bullitt” (1968). If there’s a more famous car-chase scene in a movie than the one in Steve McQueen’s “Bullitt,” we’ve yet to see it. 5 00:00:55,0 --> 00:01:12,0 With two rip-roaring V-8-powered machines that helped define the term “musclecar” tearing up the hilly streets of San Francisco for real (no huge film trickery here other than a couple sped-up shots), the “Bullitt” car chase is Hollywood gold. 6 00:01:13,0 --> 00:01:28,0 There’s no arguing that McQueen’s Dark Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 fastback is the scene’s hero, but the sinister black Dodge Charger was a splendid dance partner. 7 00:01:29,0 --> 00:01:45,0 Both cars were modified for film use by ex-race car builder Max Balchowsky, but, while the Ford needed heavy tweaking, all the Charger required were heavy-duty shocks and springs to cope with the jump scenes. 8 00:01:46,0 --> 00:01:54,0 Prototype Firestone tires were also fitted, and it’s possible to see two different-width whitewalls. 9 00:01:55,0 --> 00:02:18,0 According to stories from those who worked on the set, including Balchowsky, the Charger and its 375-hp, 440-cubic-inch Magnum V-8 engine outgunned the 325-hp Mustang, requiring its stunt driver to slow down so the star car could keep up. 10 00:02:19,0 --> 00:02:30,0 Where are the “Bullitt” Chargers today? Well, (spoiler alert!) one of the cars met an obvious fiery demise in the movie and was subsequently scrapped. 11 00:02:31,0 --> 00:02:45,0 Mention director George Lucas’ iconic riff on the fine art of cruising the strip, and the car everyone remembers first is John Milner’s “Piss Yellow” hot rod, a chopped ’32 Ford Deuce Coupe. 12 00:02:46,0 --> 00:03:02,0 But the night’s idyllic tone sours when into the mix arrives a pretender to the Coupe’s “fastest” throne, an evil, black ’55 Chevy driven by the smack-talking Bob Falfa (played by a virtual unknown named Harrison Ford). 13 00:03:03,0 --> 00:03:10,0 One dose of the Chevy’s stoplight thunder, and Milner knows his reign is at risk. 14 00:03:11,0 --> 00:03:26,0 One, built with a fiberglass shell, was used to film exteriors and the actors inside the car. The other, the so-called stunt car, was used for the climatic drag-race crash. 15 00:03:27,0 --> 00:03:38,0 Travers, who drove the stunt Chevy for the Paradise Road finale, couldn’t roll the car as intended; it had to be heaved onto its roof by the crew. 16 00:03:39,0 --> 00:03:50,0 A third, non-running ’55 hardtop was acquired, fitted with a fake B-pillar to match the other two cars, and burned to film the crash’s aftermath. 17 00:03:51,0 --> 00:04:01,0 After filming, the “burn car” was returned to the junkyard while the stunt car was eventually crushed. Only the main camera car remains. 18 00:04:02,0 --> 00:04:17,0 It has traded hands a few times and seen a few dubious modifications, but in 2012 was sold to a private owner who plans to restore the car to its original “American Graffiti” appearance. 19 00:04:18,0 --> 00:04:39,0 Prior to buying the real deal, that same lucky new owner apparently narrowly avoided acquiring his own “burn car” — a camera car fake built by, yes, George Barris. 1983 Ferrari 308GTSi: “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983). 20 00:04:40,0 --> 00:04:54,0 There are few things that meant more to teenage boys in 1983, when “National Lampoon’s Vacation” was released, than the Ferrari 308 and supermodel Christie Brinkley. 21 00:04:55,0 --> 00:05:15,0 Put them both together, and it’s no wonder Brinkley’s little red sports car nearly outshone the movie’s star car, the Griswold’s Wagon Queen Family Truckster with the optional Rally Fun Pack (actually a George Barris-modified Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon). 22 00:05:16,0 --> 00:05:30,0 The first scene with the Ferrari was shot in eastern Colorado, outside Pueblo on Highway 50. The mid-engine Ferrari 308, having been introduced to the U.S. 23 00:05:31,0 --> 00:05:46,0 in 1978, had moved from four Weber carburetors to Bosch mechanical fuel injection by 1983, which improved driveability and emissions, but caused performance to suffer slightly. 24 00:05:47,0 --> 00:06:08,0 The 30-liter, eight-cylinder engine produced 235 hp, down from 240 with carburetors — it’s likely Brinkley wouldn’t have noticed much difference. The model used in the movie is a GTS, the S designating its removable Targa-style roof panel. 25 00:06:09,0 --> 00:06:20,0 It’s worth noting that Brinkley returned in “Las Vegas Vacation,” passing the Griswolds in a four-seat Ferrari Mondial cabriolet with a baby in the rear seat. 26 00:06:21,0 --> 00:06:34,0 Astute viewers will also note the vanity license plate change from “LOVE ME” on the 308 to “MAMA” on the Mondial. 1976 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6. 27 00:06:35,0 --> 00:06:55,0 The chase scene in “Bullitt” gets buckets of well-deserved ink in the Hollywood history books, but truth be told, the multiple good guy/bad guy pursuits in John Frankenheimer’s “Ronin” make McQueen’s famous San Francisco blitz look about as exciting as a bus tour of Octogenarian Estates. 28 00:06:56,0 --> 00:07:21,0 Frankenheimer, the same speed hound who in 1966 directed “Grand Prix,” hired a horde of stunt drivers, including former Formula 1 pilot Jean-Pierre Jarier and sports car champion Jean-Claude Lagniez, and set them loose hurling beefy German sedans around Paris and Southern France at mind-blowing speeds and drift angles. 29 00:07:22,0 --> 00:07:46,0 An Audi S8 and a BMW M5 grab most of the prime screen time, with Frankenheimer cleverly using right-hand-drive cars with fake left-side steering wheels so the human stars — including Robert De Niro and the ravishing Natascha McElhone — can pretend to “drive” while the real French wheelman terrifies them from across the cockpit. 30 00:07:47,0 --> 00:08:01,0 But not to be outdone is a classic Mercedes-Benz 6.9 sedan that, carrying De Niro with French actor Jean Reno at the wheel, stars in one of the movie’s most epic sequences. 31 00:08:02,0 --> 00:08:18,0 The mayhem begins with a fabulous reverse 180 (in one of his only nods to camera trickery, Frankenheimer, usually a stickler for authenticity, here inserts a dose of laughably fake digital tire smoke). 32 00:08:19,0 --> 00:08:30,0 From there, Reno and De Niro run down the baddies (piloting a Peugeot 406) in the twisting mountain roads above the French Riviera. 33 00:08:31,0 --> 00:08:43,0 Truly pucker-inducing dicing and slicing ensues before De Niro stands up in the sunroof and, bazooka in hand, blows the 406 to merde. 34 00:08:44,0 --> 00:09:06,0 Post-explosion, things only get more berserk, as the 6.9 careens at insane velocities into the seaside village of Villefranche-sur-Mer, trashing market stalls and café tables in pursuit of still more evildoers and whatever lies inside that darn locked case everybody’s dying to get their hands on. 35 00:09:07,0 --> 00:09:21,0 1980 Lamborghini Countach LP400S: “The Cannonball Run” (1981). Remain calm and attempt to keep your eyes, if you can, on the car. 36 00:09:22,0 --> 00:09:56,0 Not so easy to do, is it, when inside sit the Spandex-clad curves of Tara Buckman and Adrienne Barbeau? Obviously, when director Hal Needham and our auto-journo colleague Brock Yates cooked up “Cannonball,” a fictionalized version of the real, illegal Cannonball cross-country races of the 1970s, they knew only one car could divert a young movie-goer’s attentions from such copious cleavage: the wild, wicked Lamborghini Countach. 37 00:09:57,0 --> 00:10:22,0 The entire opening sequence of “Cannonball” is an orgy of Countach wonderfulness: the winged black creature hovering across the limitless American prairie, V-12 shrieking up and down through the gearbox; the two fancy ladies inside stopping only long enough to lift a scissor door and spray-paint a giant “X” across a 55-mph speed-limit sign. 38 00:10:23,0 --> 00:10:33,0 Then they’re hard on the gas again, taunting a police cruiser by pulling up from behind, easing alongside — and rocketing away into the horizon. 39 00:10:34,0 --> 00:10:52,0 Geez, no wonder this flick — which Yates himself calls “a pretty lousy picture!” — has grossed more than $72 million in the U.S. alone. This is “Citizen Kane” on wheels. Of course, Burt Reynolds (as J.J. 40 00:10:53,0 --> 00:11:13,0 McClure) and Dom DeLuise (Victor Prinzim), along with their fake ambulance, are the official stars of “Cannonball.” But don’t tell that to any wide-eyed teenage boy of the ’80s lucky enough to witness this heady brew of Italian speed and feminine allure on the big screen. 41 00:11:14,0 --> 00:11:36,0 After filming, the black Series II Countach was used for 28 years by Hawaiian Tropic as a promotional vehicle. Then, in 2009, a private collector in Florida purchased the car, restoring it to pristine condition. Wonder if that includes those Spandex catsuits. 42 00:11:37,0 --> 00:12:01,0 1970 Porsche 911S: “Le Mans” (1971). Most of Steve McQueen’s cinematic homage to the classic French 24-hour endurance race is a frenzy of howling prototypes, screaming sports cars, furious air wrenches, and cheering fans. But not the opening sequence. 43 00:12:02,0 --> 00:12:20,0 Here, before reaching the Le Mans circuit, McQueen’s character, troubled racer Michael Delaney, gently spurs his Porsche 911S across the French countryside and through a quaint village. It’s a dramatic interlude of calm before the storm. 44 00:12:21,0 --> 00:12:39,0 Soon Delaney will strap into a Porsche 917 race car to do hours of 240-mph battle with an archrival in a Ferrari 512LM, but for now it’s just the man, his trusty road steed, and his thoughts. 45 00:12:40,0 --> 00:12:58,0 The Slate Gray machine stands out in its timeless, understated elegance, a fitting accompaniment to McQueen himself. No wonder the movie star, after filming, took the Porsche home with him to California to join his growing sports car collection. 46 00:12:59,0 --> 00:13:15,0 As McQueen already owned a nearly identical ’69 example, though, he soon sold the “Le Mans” 911 to a Los Angeles-based attorney, and the new owner kept it largely hidden away for three decades. 47 00:13:16,0 --> 00:13:35,0 The car changed hands twice more, then in August 2011 it went on the block at the RM Auctions in Monterey. There it sold for — hold on — $1,375,000, the highest price ever paid for a 911 at auction. 48 00:13:36,0 --> 00:13:48,0 Hope they threw in a free pair of Persol sunglasses. 1966 Jaguar XK-E Convertible: “Vanishing Point” (1971). 49 00:13:49,0 --> 00:14:07,0 Many of today’s moviegoers probably wouldn’t even understand the “Vanishing Point” tag line: “Tighten your seat belt. You never had a trip like this before.” But in the hippy, trippy early 1970s, the slogan fell on plenty of knowing ears. 50 00:14:08,0 --> 00:14:29,0 Enter actor Barry Newman as Kowalski, Medal of Honor winner, ex-race driver, ex-cop, ex-istentialist. His mission is the stuff of car movie legend: Drive a new 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Magnum from Denver to San Francisco in record time. 51 00:14:30,0 --> 00:14:49,0 Pass the Benzedrine; turn up the Super Soul. Naturally, Kowalski encounters all sorts of weird stuff out there in the wide-open West: rattlesnakes, sun-hardened old-timers, religious prophets, pre-“Bette Davis Eyes” Kim Carnes music. 52 00:14:50,0 --> 00:15:04,0 But one of his most memorable meetings is vehicular: a ratty Jag E-Type piloted by a grinning, giggling, goggles-wearing desert mongoose intent on a little high-speed mischief. 53 00:15:05,0 --> 00:15:21,0 Said Jag driver practically begs Kowalski for a race — hell, he even bangs his E-Type into the Challenger a few times to get the man’s attention. Naturally — this is Hollywood, after all—Kowalski takes the bait. 54 00:15:22,0 --> 00:15:35,0 Challenger and Jaguar go at it, wire rims against mags, British esprit and ripping silk versus Yankee beefcake and torque. Up ahead: a one-lane bridge. 55 00:15:36,0 --> 00:15:56,0 Kowalski guns his V-8, gives the upstart an insolent fender swipe, and the Jaguar flies off the road in absolutely fabulous—uh, sorry, “horrifying”—fashion. After several flips and a huge drop, the car lands on its side in a mud-caked river. 56 00:15:57,0 --> 00:16:17,0 Man, it’s great…er, shocking. The Jag driver is OK, of course, and after a quick check of his condition, Kowalski is on his speed-frenzied way once again. The E-Type was…not so lucky. This particular Jaguar is now extinct. 57 00:16:18,0 --> 00:16:38,0 1963 Apollo 3500 GT Thorndyke Special: “The Love Bug” (1968). If you haven’t seen “The Love Bug” since you were young, the movie is worth another look, mainly for its amazing supporting vehicles. 58 00:16:39,0 --> 00:16:55,0 In any given racing scene, the star Volkswagen Beetle, known as Herbie, is surrounded by the kinds of cars you’d see at your usual period SCCA road race, from Triumph Spitfires to Shelby Cobras. 59 00:16:56,0 --> 00:17:04,0 But the most memorable supporting vehicle is the car that villain Peter Thorndyke drives in the final El Dorado race. 60 00:17:05,0 --> 00:17:18,0 After selling Herbie to the movie’s star, down-on-his-luck racer Jim Douglas, racing rival Thorndyke finds himself with some tough competition from the little Volkswagen. 61 00:17:19,0 --> 00:17:30,0 Thorndyke drives a Jaguar E-Type and a Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France on his way to campaigning what he calls the Thorndyke Special. 62 00:17:31,0 --> 00:17:50,0 The yellow and black car is an Apollo GT, a car that, for all its Italian styling, was manufactured in Oakland, California. Apollos started life in Italy, with the body/chassis construction subcontracted to Intermeccanica. 63 00:17:51,0 --> 00:18:07,0 The units would then be shipped to the California facility where American engines — mostly 350-cubic-inch Buick V-8s — were installed, along with either a four-speed manual or three-speed automatic gearbox. 64 00:18:08,0 --> 00:18:17,0 Just 42 cars were produced between 1962 and 1964, when the company ran out of money. 65 00:18:18,0 --> 00:18:39,0 Famous California-based road racer/engineer Max Balchowsky (of Ol’ Yaller fame) specially modified two for the movie and gave the cars their well-known paint scheme. At least one car still exists, with the restoration started years ago in Toronto, Canada. 66 00:18:40,0 --> 00:19:00,0 1969 Lamborghini Muira: The original “The Italian Job” (1969). If you love cars, the opening scene of the 1969 version of “The Italian Job,” starring legendary English actor Michael Caine, is beautiful and haunting. 67 00:19:01,0 --> 00:19:13,0 The Muira enters a tunnel at high speed, but comes out demolished at the other end in the bucket of an earthmover. A deadly roadblock set up by the bad guys is to blame. 68 00:19:14,0 --> 00:19:26,0 Two Muiras were used for the scene, and the one running and driving is not the same car that was wrecked; it was simply a car Lamborghini had in inventory at the factory. 69 00:19:27,0 --> 00:19:45,0 Oh, and rumor has it that, when the film crew ventured down to the river the following day, not a piece of that Muira was to be found. 1964. 5 Mustang Convertible: “Goldfinger” (1964). 70 00:19:46,0 --> 00:19:54,0 After a stray bullet nearly grazes Bond, he sets off in pursuit of Tilly’s Mustang, much to her chagrin. 71 00:19:55,0 --> 00:20:12,0 Ford desperately wanted the Mustang to be featured in “Goldfinger,” and originally specified a fastback coupe for the movie. Unfortunately for Ford, fastback production would start too late in 1964 for filming purposes. 72 00:20:13,0 --> 00:20:36,0 Several other Ford family vehicles can be seen in “Goldfinger,” including a Ford Thunderbird coupe driven by American Secret Service men and a Lincoln Continental famously driven to a wrecking yard by Goldfinger’s lethal assistant Oddjob, who has the car crushed into a cube with his boss’ dissatisfied business partner inside. 73 00:20:37,0 --> 00:20:44,0 What’s your favorite movie car in a supporting role? Tell us about your pick below.
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