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(Wall Street Journal)   Reporter (very gingerly) recreates the greatest car chase scene in movie history, with the original driver co-piloting   (online.wsj.com) divider line 139
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2011-01-26 11:37:12 AM
If this isn't from Steve McQueen's "Bullitt", this is total FAIL.

(click)

Leaving satisfied.
 
2011-01-26 11:40:01 AM

tnpir: If this isn't from Steve McQueen's "Bullitt", this is total FAIL.

(click)

Leaving satisfied.


Thought the exact same thing.
 
2011-01-26 11:41:39 AM
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/Actually drove in the greatest movie chase scene of all time
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2011-01-26 11:43:12 AM
I wasn't old enough to go to movies when that came out so I grew up thinking of airborne SF car chases as just another cliche.
 
2011-01-26 11:47:05 AM
 
2011-01-26 11:54:13 AM
. I even brought along a CD of the "Bullitt" soundtrack for the ride.

FIAL. There was no music playing during the car chase, which makes it even more bad ass. The only sounds you needed were the sounds of the engines.
 
2011-01-26 11:54:33 AM
 
2011-01-26 12:07:01 PM

AlwaysRightBoy: Another good one.

The Seven-Ups Car Chase (1973)


Producer Philip D'Antoni did both those movies as well as The French Connection, which also has a great car chase . This guy obviously knew what he was doing
 
2011-01-26 12:09:20 PM
The Seven-Ups kicks Bullitt's chase down both sides of the Hudson River.

1.bp.blogspot.com

THE END.
 
2011-01-26 12:47:23 PM

tnpir: If this isn't from Steve McQueen's "Bullitt", this is total FAIL.

(click)

Leaving satisfied.


Indeed

/absolutely loves the sound of those old massive engines
//granted being able to see the fuel gauge drop like a rock wouldn't be as much fun these days
 
2011-01-26 12:53:53 PM

gridlocksammy: Producer Philip D'Antoni


I did not know that, and yes, the The french connection also had a good one.

The french connection (1971) car chase
 
2011-01-26 01:05:20 PM
what about the Matrix: Reloaded!?!?!

/guys?
//so alone :(
 
2011-01-26 01:09:10 PM

tiggerfan: /Actually drove in the greatest movie chase scene of all time


blues brothers - best chase ever
 
2011-01-26 03:31:55 PM

AlwaysRightBoy: gridlocksammy: Producer Philip D'Antoni

I did not know that, and yes, the The french connection also had a good one.

The french connection (1971) car chase


Definitely my favorite!
 
2011-01-26 03:32:58 PM
The car chase in Mitchell is the best car chase EVER.
 
2011-01-26 03:35:35 PM

AlwaysRightBoy: gridlocksammy: Producer Philip D'Antoni

I did not know that, and yes, the The french connection also had a good one.

The french connection (1971) car chase


^ THIS

Watch the bullitt scene. SF is a ghost-town. Very sterile.

THE FRENCH CONNECTION ~ they essentially broke laws. Most of the actual driving was real & most importantly, this is a classic example of incredible film editing.
 
2011-01-26 03:36:33 PM
Wow, I learned something today. I always thought that McQueen did the driving in that scene.
 
2011-01-26 03:37:10 PM

Pucca: The car chase in Mitchell is the best car chase EVER.


!!! HOT MERGING ACTION !!! (new window)
 
2011-01-26 03:37:24 PM
I was always partial to Ronin (which had two great car chases scenes).
 
2011-01-26 03:38:19 PM

rocinante721: AlwaysRightBoy: gridlocksammy: Producer Philip D'Antoni

I did not know that, and yes, the The french connection also had a good one.

The french connection (1971) car chase

^ THIS

Watch the bullitt scene. SF is a ghost-town. Very sterile.

THE FRENCH CONNECTION ~ they essentially broke laws. Most of the actual driving was real & most importantly, this is a classic example of incredible film editing.


And as a NY'er, I can personally tell you driving under an 'el' track under normal circumstances is a pressure cooker.
 
2011-01-26 03:38:27 PM
What, no 'Ronin' mention yet?
 
2011-01-26 03:39:53 PM
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Who was driving the green VW? It beat everyone to all the intersections.
 
2011-01-26 03:40:32 PM
Bullitt and The French Connection are both immaculate movies with great chase scenes. But what about an entire car chase movie, like Duel?
 
2011-01-26 03:41:27 PM
The article fails to mention how many times they drove past the same green Beetle.
 
2011-01-26 03:42:30 PM
French Connection, Bullitt and the Seven-Ups were all great chases - Ronin's were more exciting, but only because film and car technology improved.
 
2011-01-26 03:44:05 PM
Other good car chases-

Vanishing Point
Italian Job
Bourne Identity
Gone In 60 Seconds
 
2011-01-26 03:44:05 PM
That charger had six hubcaps and you know what I mean - and I love the way they all flew off when he landed in that ravine STEVE!

/DBT
//FTW
 
2011-01-26 03:47:06 PM

dryknife: Who was driving the green VW? It beat everyone to all the intersections.


Stig
 
2011-01-26 03:47:17 PM
Unless the author's car can teleport, it's physically impossible to trace the route in one continous trip. (new window)
 
2011-01-26 03:47:41 PM

Pucca: The car chase in Mitchell is the best car chase EVER.


Intense merging action!!1
 
2011-01-26 03:47:58 PM
I'm a bit high, so recreating this with my gas-powered mountain bike currently sounds like a good idea...
 
2011-01-26 03:48:21 PM

aninconvenienterection: Other good car chases-

Vanishing Point
Italian Job
Bourne Identity
THE ORIGINAL H.B. HALICKI-DIRECTED Gone In 60 Seconds


FTFY.

/Yes, the Dominic Sena flick is car porn, but the late-night-Cinemax of car porn
 
2011-01-26 03:51:08 PM
That scene was the only time I was physically aroused by a Ford.
 
2011-01-26 03:51:37 PM
Who was driving the green VW? It beat everyone to all the intersections.

Came here to find the answer to this... leaving totally unrewarded.

//Mad Magazine did a great sendup of the movie as Bullbit, and used the VW as part of it.
 
2011-01-26 03:52:40 PM

SouthernManDunWrong: tiggerfan: /Actually drove in the greatest movie chase scene of all time

blues brothers - best funniest chase ever


FTFY.

/Car Chase Movie Purist
//It's 106 miles to Chicago. . .
 
2011-01-26 03:53:17 PM
oh i don't know. those chases in the keystone kops movies are pretty freakin' awesome. and that was with model-t's not 427 hemi barracudas etc etc.
 
2011-01-26 03:54:37 PM
Was gonna ask, isn't OJ still in jail?
 
2011-01-26 03:54:54 PM

jehovahs witness protection: tnpir: If this isn't from Steve McQueen's "Bullitt", this is total FAIL.

(click)

Leaving satisfied.

Thought the exact same thing.


Add me to the list

/dnrtfa thanks to you
 
2011-01-26 03:55:36 PM
Greatest car chases in no particular order:

1. Bullitt (some cars have more that 4 hubcaps)
2. Seven Ups
3. The French Connection (car vs. train)
4. Gone in 60 Seconds 1974 (40 min. long car chase)
5. Matrix Reloaded
6. Ronin
7. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
8. Vanishing Point
9. Road Warrior
 
2011-01-26 03:55:45 PM

hundreddollarman: Unless the author's car can teleport, it's physically impossible to trace the route in one continous trip. (new window)


That is what I came in here to say. I guess they must have kept driving around the same block over and over.

/still a kick-ass chase scene
 
2011-01-26 03:55:46 PM

tiggerfan: /Actually drove in the greatest movie chase scene of all time


Sorry guys, got to go with tigger on this one. Everyone knows that a remake of the greatest car chase of all time would require around 50 1980-era Chicago Polie cruisers, a massive pile-up on Lower Wacker Blvd, a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, darkness, and two pairs of sunglasses.


Hit it.
 
2011-01-26 03:55:47 PM
Ah, yes, the car chase. Can never have enough of those! Edge-of-your-seat, thrill-a-minute excitement!
 
2011-01-26 03:56:55 PM
I totally thought The French Connection when I read the submission too. Although the greatest is C'était un Rendezvous (new window). It makes all of todays ricer kids YouTube videos look like the crap they are. And beats facebook pictures getting their subject arrested by 40 years.
 
2011-01-26 03:57:00 PM

dryknife: Who was driving the green VW? It beat everyone to all the intersections.


I was thinking the same thing. Now I'm mad at myself for thinking like a farker.
 
2011-01-26 03:57:48 PM

tnpir: If this isn't from Steve McQueen's "Bullitt", this is total FAIL.

(click)

Leaving satisfied.


I also would have accepted the original Gone in 60 Seconds
 
2011-01-26 03:57:49 PM
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The Driver is disapoint not to be mentioned in this thread.
 
2011-01-26 03:59:35 PM
I grew up in The City and knew they couldn't be in all those places contiguously, but it's still my favorite.
OTOH, my oldest brother the in SFPD did manage to tear out the bottoms of a few radio cars on some of those hilly streets, so I sure can see the need for the skid plates on the movie cars.
 
2011-01-26 03:59:36 PM
Because car chases are easier to write then good dialog.
 
2011-01-26 04:01:03 PM

ignatzbrickbat: Greatest car chases in no particular order:

1. Bullitt (some cars have more that 4 hubcaps)
2. Seven Ups
3. The French Connection (car vs. train)
4. Gone in 60 Seconds 1974 (40 min. long car chase)
5. Matrix Reloaded
6. Ronin
7. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
8. Vanishing Point
9. Road Warrior


Matrix but no Bourne? For shame.
 
2011-01-26 04:02:09 PM
The Charger had six hubcaps.....
 
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