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What does Hollywood have against Dodge Chargers?
Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Thursday, February 08, 2018 12:34 PM

What does Hollywood have against the Charger? After watching "Dukes" when I wad a kid, I fell in love with the 69 Charger, vowing someday to get one. That's when I started to notice the accelerated attrition rate forced upon the cars  by the TV & movie studios when filming crash and burn movies and TV shows. Here's a list of movies that used Chargers as their star rides...

Bullitt,

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry,

Cannonball (1976),

Fast & Furious,

Christine,

Death Proof,

Drive Angry,

Blade,

Spy Hard,

Grand Theft  Auto (1977)  and of course the biggest killer of Chargers - The Pukes of Hazzard (300+ cars). It also appears that John Schneider, in a vain objective to recapture his "teen idol" days, is also on a personal vendetta in trying to eliminate as many Chargers as he personally can with his movie "Collier & Co. Hot Pursuit" and the countless DofH reunion movies. 

And even to this day they still find the best surviving ones left just to jump them and destroy them.

At this rate, there won't be any Chargers left for my son to see and dream about! 

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

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Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, February 08, 2018 7:04 PM

Well, since they made over 89,000 Chargers in 1969, there are probably a few left. But like most classic muscle cars, you need quite a fat wallet to get one these days.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, February 08, 2018 7:14 PM

You've essentially listed my ongoing project Laugh

(Cannonball, Christine, Death Proof, and Drive Angry are still on the"to do" list)

And one more for grins!

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, February 09, 2018 8:29 AM

As Joe said, they made so bloody many of the things, culling a few hundred for the movies will not make much of a difference.

In 1989 I bought a '69 Mach 1 Mustang (still have it). At the time it was only 20 years old, but the muscle car boom was getting underway and people generally kept this stuff tucked away. I didn't. Mine was a daily driver, regardless of weather, regardless of the task, dirt roads and paved. At the time I used to get a lot of flak for this, ruining a rare classic as I was apparently doing. My argument was always the same; they made 72,000 Mach 1s in 1969 (not Mustangs, not Mustang fastbacks, but just Mach 1s), so hardly rare, and it's status as a classic (at least at that time) was questionable. The funny thing is, back then a 69 Mach 1 was an uncommon sight on the roads around here. These days at a summer show & shine, you can't swing a cat without hitting at least a dozen of the things. Fear not, average muscle cars and muscle era cars are not rare. Uncommon perhaps, but there are plenty.

None of the above should be read as condoning the needless destruction of old cars in movies. I have very little use for anything produced by Hollywood. However, I gave up getting upset about the destruction of cool cars in movies long ago.

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Friday, February 09, 2018 3:01 PM

You guys are right, they were very popular when they were new. But we all know how quickly they rusted and others were driven to early graves by younger,  inexperienced drivers and we really don't know how many affordable, restorable projects are still left.

Besides - it still hurts to see them wasted so needlessly! They're not making anymore 69s and we are buried chest high in old Camrys and Accords. Then again,  I guess nobody would really care to watch a Sonata with an 01 on the doors get destroyed,  huh?

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Friday, February 09, 2018 3:13 PM

Just a thought,  I wonder if a remake of Bullitt would be as exciting if the car chase scene used  a newer Mustang and Charger?

Or if the Dukes jumped a river using a late model Challenger?

Any thoughts? 

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Friday, February 09, 2018 8:22 PM

RE:-"new Bullitt film" . There was a CSI type (There are so many. I saw it on YouTube...) episode where the ' good guys ' in a Mustang chased a Dodge Charger - Or was it the other way round Sad.

Wrong colours and no flying hub caps (x7Confused) , but imitation is a form of flattery apparently . Damien Lewis would make a great stand in for Steve McQueen if they ever did a new one ...

In an episode of Smallville with John Schneider as Clarke Kents 'dad' , a certain "old friend " ( Tom Wopat ) turned up , and they "got the old car out " guess what it was.....?  ! Youtube is your friend........ Yes

Whilst I'm at it... I had a 2 DVD double sided Robocop ...thing... where he had a '69 Coronet / Super Bee in matt black . When it "did a jump" he hit the horn and yep , General Lee's dixie tune .  Of course it got written off at the end.... Crying

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Posted by Big Gary on Saturday, February 10, 2018 1:31 AM

Chargers are a car people like to see.  Not so many would watch if it was '72 tempest 4 door sedans, or something equally pedestrian and uninteresting. 

 

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, February 10, 2018 7:49 AM

The '68-'70 Chargers are a very recognizable car.  That is why you see so many being destroyed in TV shows and movies.  Several years after the DOH TV show, Chargers started gaining in value especially when they have been restored.  It's not that Hollywood has anything against the Charger, it's just the way a script is written and the car is either kept as is or destroyed.  To say that Hollywood has something against the Charger is ridiculous and it suggests that Hollywood hates the automobile.  If that is true, then why are there so many shows and movies that dislikes the Prius?  I think the Prius is slow and ugly.  More should be destroyed! Big SmileThumbs Up     

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Posted by gulftarpon on Saturday, February 10, 2018 11:54 AM

Probably most of them were killed by indifferent build quality. My uncle worked for a dealer back then and said a lot of them were already rusting as they came off the delivery truck. He said dealer prep often included repainting. Then came the plague of teenage boys who bought them off the 'buy here/pay here' lots and proceeded to hot rod them with Woolco yellow fog lights, Western Auto mags with Cooper Cobra tires, rear hi-lift leaf shackles to get that drag strip rake and a set of home stereo speakers stuck in the back window! LOL those were the days!

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Posted by mini man on Saturday, February 10, 2018 7:20 PM

That reminds me of Ford (Mercury ) Capri's  back home....Laugh

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Posted by High octane on Saturday, February 10, 2018 7:30 PM

There are still plenty of 1:1 Chargers left for sale to anyone who would like to own one. Sure they may seem pricey, but the "bottom line" is either you want one or you don't.

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Posted by rickr442 on Sunday, February 11, 2018 12:28 AM

There was a brief series a few years back on FOX, 'Alcartraz', set in the Bay Area with some location shooting in SF. In the final episode there was a 'tribute' chase scene wherein the villain, pursued by the series heroine, stole a black late-model Charger. The heroine commandeers a new Mustang GT from a passerby and gives chase. After a few hill hops and some smokey sliding turns including a hat-tip to McQueen's 'missed turn' reverse cut, the Charger does a cannon roll crash. The heroine loses that round, but she knew the series had been axed and already had new work lined up. The scene by itself is available on YouTube, look for 'Alcatraz/Bullitt car chase'.

Regarding the '69 Chargers, panic is undeserved. Of all of the films and shows you mention, probably 500 examples bit the dust, and they were often cars that were beaters or worse. They often died valiant deaths, usually cared for far better by the movie car crews than by their former owners. I worked in that field occcasionally when I lived in SoCal, and was often amazed at the rolling shrapnel that was made presentable by the talented folks in that business. which turns them back into spare parts. 

  

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Monday, February 12, 2018 10:00 AM

 It's not that Hollywood has anything against the Charger, it's just the way a script is written and the car is either kept as is or destroyed.  To say that Hollywood has something against the Charger is ridiculous and it suggests that Hollywood hates the automobile.  Big SmileThumbs Up     

 

[/quote]Uh,  lighten up, it was just a facetious question. I'm aware that Hollywood doesn't care what cars they use for their movies. Sheesh.

I don't really understand your reference to the Prius - I don't see too many river jumps using them. Although I wouldn't be opposed. And as I mentioned in my opening comments,  I agree that these new cars wouldn't be as exciting in action scenes as old cars are. That's my point!  New cars today are so bland they can't even get enough interest to destroy them!

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, February 12, 2018 1:12 PM

Oldcarfan27

 It's not that Hollywood has anything against the Charger, it's just the way a script is written and the car is either kept as is or destroyed.  To say that Hollywood has something against the Charger is ridiculous and it suggests that Hollywood hates the automobile.  Big SmileThumbs Up     

 

Uh,  lighten up, it was just a facetious question. I'm aware that Hollywood doesn't care what cars they use for their movies. Sheesh.

I don't really understand your reference to the Prius - I don't see too many river jumps using them. Although I wouldn't be opposed. And as I mentioned in my opening comments,  I agree that these new cars wouldn't be as exciting in action scenes as old cars are. That's my point!  New cars today are so bland they can't even get enough interest to destroy them!

 

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It was just MY opinion.  Accept it for what it is and lighten up yourself!  Golly!  You must be a Prius loving person! Big SmileSmile, Wink & Grin  

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Posted by rickr442 on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 4:19 AM

Quite the contrary of hating the car, the movie industry LOVES second-gen Chargers. They make the cars into stand-alone characters equal to the actors themselves. Why did the General Lee return, show after show, year after year? Because viewers loved it! The car got more fan mail than Tom Wopat did! 

 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, February 15, 2018 5:06 PM

I recently watched Series 11 Episode 1 of X Files . Mulder was in a "New" Mustang , the bad guy in a matt black "new" Charger .......Indifferent And the charger gets T-boned . CryingTypical !

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Posted by rickr442 on Thursday, February 22, 2018 9:28 PM

There are plenty of new cars used in series TV. Best example is Hawaii Five-0, which is partly supported by Chevy. A black ZL1 gets most of the screen time, but there are plenty of trucks and Malibu cop cars as well, often with the grille-mounted bowtie carefully lit.

 

 

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Monday, February 26, 2018 12:44 AM

Yeah, but how many of 'em are jumped or wrecked? And would anybody care if they did?

I guess, to put it into perspective, when they filmed the DofH TV show, Chargers and Camaros were "just used cars" then. But those cars made the scene more exciting. Now those cars are worth prime money! No longer the cheap junkyard bait they were back then. I just hate to see them wasted. I'd rather they donate one to a worthy cause - ME!

Today's used cars are plentiful and cheap, but nobody cares if they destroy them in a movie. Just not as exciting anymore. 

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Monday, February 26, 2018 12:48 AM

Why did the General Lee return, show after show, year after year? Because viewers loved it! The car got more fan mail than Tom Wopat did! 

 

 

[/quote]It still does! And it's a better actor!  LOL

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Monday, February 26, 2018 1:01 AM

Not so many would watch if it was '72 tempest 4 door sedans, or something equally pedestrian and uninteresting. 

 

 

[/quote]I beg to differ - did you ever watch the French Connection? That 72 4 door Tempest was destroyed to good effect!

Or how about the police cars on Blues Brothers, Smokey and the Bandit (only the first one, the other two sucked) DofH, CHiPs and so many other 70s movies and TV shows? The cop cars died proud, ignoble deaths!

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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Posted by Evil Appetite on Saturday, April 07, 2018 11:38 AM

Hollywood destroys too many muscle cars period. This has bothered me for decades. What they did to John Wicks Mustang really pissed me off! Let's put this awesome looking car in my movie...and then let's wreck it..ya!!!

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Posted by oldcarguy on Saturday, April 07, 2018 4:26 PM

Aw , C'mon now !

 have you ever seen a slo-mo of a Dodge Charger when it hits a wall ? It just folds so beautifully . Almost like a symphony of bending metal ! . No Really , I felt that way when Robert Mitchum blew up the 57 Fairlane 500 in the big crash .

 Oh that's right , that's before your time . It was in a movie called " Thunder Road ". As far as Chargers and Mustangs , Well , I wish they'd pick on some of those drifter types .Ya know  ,a bad drift , out of control and upside down , dented and broken .Yay , One more Toyota bites it !

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:18 PM

[quote user="Evil Appetite"]

Hollywood destroys too many muscle cars period. This has bothered me for decades. What they did to John Wicks Mustang really pissed me off! Let's put this awesome looking car in my movie...and then let's wreck it..ya!!!

 

Finally, somebody gets my point!

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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