Bundle: Heroic Driver Movies
Bullitt – The car chase
movie by which all other car chase movies will be forever judged, Bullitt is a crime thriller based in the
late 1960s San Francisco, creating an interesting juxtaposition between the
carefree swingin’ counter culture trends of the time and the gritty realities
of the city. Steve McQueen plays Frank Bullitt, a high profile SF detective who
is asked to guard Johnny Ross, a mobster who is about to turn evidence against
the organization at US Senate subcommittee hearing on organized crime. The centerpiece
of the film is an epic car chase through the city and beyond that involves
Bullitt, piloting a Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback and a pair of
mobsters in a black Dodge Charger R/T that simply must be seen to be believed,
replete with real at-speed stunts (many with McQueen behind the wheel of the
Mustang) done within the city streets of San Francisco with a level of
intensity which might never again be replicated in cinema.
Vanishing Point – A man, a muscle
car, and a whole lot of speed. Vanishing Point is like Cannonball Run through
the eyes of a sociopath. The driver, known only as Kowalski, is a decorated war
vet and former race car driver on a mission to get his delivery - a 1970 Hemi
Challenger - from Denver to San Francisco no matter what it takes. Constantly
pursued by the cops and surviving on fistfuls of benzedrine, Kowalski is guided
by Supersoul - a blind DJ with a police radio scanner. Numerous car chase
scenes, gay hitchhikers, a naked woman riding a motorbike, and a whole lot of
Hemi-powered action make this a genuine cult hit from the early 70's.
Ronin – Normal people
may remember Ronin as a thrilling and
suspenseful heist movie that’s set in post Cold War Europe. The film follows a
group of ex-mercenaries, played by a star studded cast, who’ve been assembled
by a client in France to steal a top secret briefcase. Calamity ensues when the
authorities, as well as other underground groups, intercept them.
however will remember Ronin as the
movie in which an Audi S8 Quattro that’s been fitted with a nitrous system, a
BMW M5, a handful of Peugeots, a pair of full-sized Mercedes-Benz sedans, and a
Citroen completely tear up the streets and countryside of France during the
film’s numerous and absolutely incredible car chases. Regardless of which side
of the fence you or your love ones reside, there’s a great movie in it for you.
BONUS: The Big Engine That Could – Chronicling the ups, downs, frustrations, and thrills of preparing for and competing in the famously demanding endurance race, The Big Engine That Could follows Team Winding Road’s experience of getting to and racing in the longest event in the 2013 race season calendar – the 25 Hours Of Thunderhill. Selecting a Ford Mustang Boss 302S as the weapon of choice, Team Winding Road’s 16-member crew takes on serious competition from around the world in an American icon that is bigger and heavier, yet technologically simpler, than many of its competitors. Will The Big Engine be enough to finish this grueling race and possibly stand on the podium?
From m5todd of Palm Desert, California on 3/30/2016.
If I remember correctly, Kowalski's car was a 440 and not a Hemi. Just a little nitpick, but a great movie overall.
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