Automotive Anachronisms: Five Movies That Got It Wrong
With all the focus generally on the story, sometimes movies overlook a few important details. These five films are riddled with automotive anachronisms and inaccuracies sure to set car guys and gals on edge.
The Great Escape
In the memorable chase scene from this 1963 film about allies escaping from a German POW camp during WWII, Cooler King (played by Steve McQueen) makes a bid for freedom on what is supposed to be a German-made BMW motorcycle. The bike is actually a modified Triumph TR-6 Trophy 650cc. The sequence concludes with a jump over a barbed wire fence; tame by today’s standards but considered some crazy edge-of-your-seat stunt work back in the day.
In a scene from Martin Scorsese’s famous 1990 American crime drama, Henry Hill (played by Ray Liotta) and Tommy DeVitto (played by Joe Pesci) stand behind this clearly identifiable 1965 Chevrolet Impala. The scene is supposedly taking place in 1963.
Beverly Hills Cop II
What is worse? Using the wrong car for the period or thinking your audience is too stupid to recognize the difference between one red sports car and another? This 1987 movie opens with Axel Foley (played by Eddie Murphy) driving a Ferrari 328GTS. Yet during actions scenes of the car barreling down the streets of Detroit, the car inexplicably turns into a 308GTS. The pattern of using the 328GTS in “style shots” and the 308GTS in any scene involving screaming tires and speed is a pattern that repeats itself to the point of distraction throughout the film.
This is a true story. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. Theses memorable words begin this popular 1996 Coen brother’s film, which has a number of errors when it comes to period-correct cars. One of the most glaring examples is the 1990 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency driven Jerry Lundegaard (played by William H. Macy).
No Country For Old Men
A 2007 neo-Western thriller that supposedly takes place in June 1980, here’s another Coen brother’s film that has a problem with the “automotive time space continuum” as evidence by the appearance of this 1990 Chevrolet Caprice.
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