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25 Jaw-Dropping Movie Car Leaps
Roads? Where these guys are going, they don't need roads

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Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, action movies and TV shows were full of cars flying through the air. It was glorious, and part of the fun was the audience’s complicity with the filmmakers: we knew the cars folded up and fell to bits when they landed, and got replaced before they drove off. We just didn’t care. There’s something about a jumping car and the forbidden thrills and freedom it represents. With the advent of CGI, these crazy stunts are now kind of a lost art. You’ll still occasionally see some retro-style jumping, often in a classic car, but it’s rare to feel that frisson of excitement in knowing that some lunatic has actually been in the driving seat for the stunt. Here then, is a tribute to those mad men who risked life and spine for disposable redneck car-chase comedies. It’s also a partial chronology of what we’re loosely calling “the genre”, from Bullitt to the Fast & Furious franchise: 25 of our favourite ridiculous vehicular moments from the last five decades. Where these guys were going, they didn’t need roads…

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Bullitt (1968)

Cars: 1968 Ford Mustang and 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Arguably the place where an entire genre of movie car chases really starts, Bullitt doesn’t quite feature the flying cars that will come later. It does, however, have several thrilling moments with all four wheels off the ground, as Steve McQueen and his adversaries negotiate the precipitous hills of San Francisco.
 

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1 RE: Just a thought....
L: danielthompson99 you never get car chases in books..... an Fleming - Moonraker. Brilliant car chase across London! More

Posted by Osric on Thursday March 21, 2013, 07:47

2 Just a thought....
you never get car chases in books..... More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Wednesday March 20, 2013, 13:15

3 Mad Max's Interceptor...
...was actually a 1973 model. Sorry, but I had to say it. More

Posted by Lord Fury on Monday March 18, 2013, 09:22

4 RE: Re: Re:Blues Brothers
Well I didn't think I was sounding totally serious either, but sorry if I snapped. That does point up the problem of tone of voice on a forum though. I really enjoyed that artical and then I scrolled to the comments and just found you sounding critical and accusatory - "This is shit - you forgot one." You could have said "great artical, thanks guys, enjoyed that, here are some of my own favourites too." but instead you just said "you forgot". You're not as bad as that Ronin tool who doesn't even seem to understand the point of the artical though. It's about classic JUMPS, not classic CHASES genius. More

Posted by Osric on Monday March 18, 2013, 08:46

5 Re: Re:Blues Brothers
It's funny but it's not really the sort of jump they're talking about is it? I doubt they "forgot". Why so serious? I wasn't. I doubt they forgot too but it did leap off the end of the freeway and has about as much realism as some of the CG enhanced clips on the list. More

Posted by steveg66 on Saturday March 16, 2013, 18:02

6 RE: Ronin??????
There are two AWESOME chases in Ronin, but there isn't a significant jump in either of them. A couple of really little moments (more like one-and-a-half) in the first chase, but no more than that. More

Posted by Owen Williams on Friday March 15, 2013, 21:19

7 Ronin??????
Not only is it one of the best car chases ever, (Paris car chase), but also has plenty of leaps and car carnage!!!!!! Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass,(or Witt and Bradley) were inspired by this and included it in their Bourne films. More

Posted by yorkey on Friday March 15, 2013, 19:17

8 RE: Blues Brothers
It's funny but it's not really the sort of jump they're talking about is it? I doubt they "forgot". More

Posted by Osric on Friday March 15, 2013, 17:31

9 Blues Brothers
You forgot the nazi car. Hilariously ott....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkkXHjQSyEI More

Posted by steveg66 on Thursday March 14, 2013, 20:10

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