Iconic Ford Vehicles Seen In Movies and TV
Some say that movies and TV act as a mirror that reflect our reality. If that’s true, films and shows would surely be missing out if they didn’t have some great car scenes. Ford cars have played many iconic roles in the history of cinema and television, which makes it difficult to choose the best ones. Here are some of the most memorable Ford appearances in movies and TV.
Ford Model T
Usually, the appearance of a Model T signals to the audience that they’re watching something that took place long ago. As such, it’s been featured in recent period pieces such as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Great Gatsby,” and the TV series “Boardwalk Empire”. However, perhaps the most iconic appearance of the Model T was in the classic 1961 Disney classic, “The Absent-Minded Professor,” in which the car magically takes flight.
The now-defunct vehicle went through a lot of visual changes in its 50-year history, but it’s captured nicely in the 1991 film “Thelma and Louise.” A 1966 version of the luxury car plays a big part in the film, providing the two runaways a way across the Southwest. Fans of the T-bird might want to skip on this viewing, however, as the car meets its demise at the end of the film. The Thunderbird also shows up a few times in the Bond series, most recently in “Die Another Day.” Considering that the car is now discontinued, don’t expect to see it in another 007 flick anytime soon.
In “Bullitt,” the 1968 Ford Mustang GT provides Steve McQueen a vehicle for one of the most famous chase scenes in movie history. McQueen’s character, Frank Bullitt, slides and jumps the car up and down the hilly streets of San Francisco. “Bullitt” isn’t the only big chase movie to feature the Mustang. The car also has a major part in 1974’s “Gone in 60 Seconds,” where it takes a star turn in of one of film history longest chase scenes, giving chase for about 40 minutes.
Ford Gran Torino
The Ford Gran Torino is one of cinema’s favorite cars. Perhaps its most famous role was as the main vehicle for undercover cops David Starsky and Kenneth Hutchinson, better known as “Starsky & Hutch.” Here, the Torino is unforgettable for its bright red color and white streaks running down the side of its body. In an interesting bit of trivia, actor Paul Michael Glaser, who played Starsky, didn’t like the vehicle, saying it was too big to be taken seriously. Still, the Torino made such a pop culture impression that it reappeared in the 2004 movie remake.
The Torino has featured in a few other films, including “The Big Lebowski,” where it’s seen better days, suffering through multiple crashes and a fire. The Gran Torino got better treatment–and made an impression on a new generation–in the 2008 Clint Eastwood film, fittingly titled “Gran Torino.”
One of the most iconic movie scenes of the 1990’s takes place in a Ford Explorer. In the 1993 blockbuster “Jurassic Park,” the park visitors wait out a power outage in the famous green-and-yellow decaled Ford Explorers, where they first meet an escaped Tyrannosaurus rex. Suffice to say, on a one-on-one battle, the Explorer is no match for an angry dino. Although the Ford vehicle only made a short appearance in the film, it gained a cult following, and there have been several fan recreations since.