À bout de souffle
France 1959 - Jean-Luc Godard
young man, obsessed with Gangster movies, guns down a Paris Cop and
flees with his girlfriend towards Italy, with impeccable style he
selects a white 1957 T-Bird as his transport
to the final shootout.
Follow That Dream
US 1962 -
Elvis heads south with an adopted brood of kids and his anti-government
Father (Arthur O'Connell) to a place on a Florida beach.
UK 1962 - Peter Yates
generation of British young boys were dragged to the local Cinema by their
big sister to watch this Cliff Richard Musical.
(I was at any rate)
The director went on to far better things with Bullitt.
1959 T-Bird provides the
"chase car" in which the Female lead's mother follows the London Double
Decker on it's journey to the sun.
The Shuttered Room
UK 1967 - David Greene
Reed and a 1966 T-Bird career
around a New England Island looking for a plot.
OK, so apparently it's a Classic of the genre, but H P Lovecraft wasn't
about to win an Oscar as a screenwriter.
Matt Helm (Dean Martin)
drove a 1961?
The Wrecking Crew
Matt Helm (Dean
Martin) drove a ?
US 1969 - James Goldstone
The "Governor" of
Racing Movies (and jumping Motorcycles over fences), Paul Newman, uses a
2 Door Black 1969 T-Bird Landau
for a track inspection of Indianapolis and gets backs to Room 212 in the
Motel to find his wife in bed with
I think you can guess who wins the race....
Diamonds are Forever
UK 1971 - Guy Hamilton
T-Bird Provides the James Bond's Baddies with a ride
that starts smooth but ...
US 1973 - George Lucas
Ultimate Cruising Movie?
The Porthole window of a white 1956 T-Bird
gives tantalising glimpses of the Mysterious Girl.
Some see it as an over length
pilot episode for Happy Days, it certainly launched
Ron Howard's career as well as giving George Lucas the funding to create
Hollywood remake of À bout de souffle
translates a story that was probably far too existentialist for US audiences
into Soft Porn.
Richard Gere and Valerie Kaprisky use the Vega$ car in
ways that Dan Tanner would never have considered.
Starred in this "cute movie" that was supposed to launch Kenny Roger's
Movie career. Good job he can sing really.
Elvira - Mistress of the Dark
US 1988 - James Signorelli
starred in this .... Comedy?
One reviewer called it an American "Carry On" film.
Days of Thunder
US 1990 - Tony Scott
can stay awake through this "Top Gun on Wheels" Cruise, you may well
spot some nice NASCAR T-Birds.
Why is it
that Motor Racing makes such poor Movie material?
Thelma and Louise
US 1991 - Ridley Scott
classic road movie with a feminist twist. Is Brad Pitt drooling over the Blue
or it's contents:
Susan Saradon and Geena Davis?
Are truckers really that Bad?
Nevada, Colorado, and Utah provide glorious locations but can a T-Bird Fly?
US - 1995 HBO
A stunning 57
T-Bird brightens up
this dreary "Mob Boss falls in love with singer", most surprising is that
it is (allegedly) a true story!
US 1997 - Les Mayfield
Williams, Disney, a Thunderbird and a remake of a classic film, how
could they get it SO WRONG?
The Absent minded Professor
Mark2 flies his 1963 T-Bird
into early video release.
Die Another Day
UK 2002 - Lee Tamahori
and you'll miss it, Halle Berry's Red
appears for a total of 11 seconds in front of the Ice Palace.
allegedly paid $35 million to have the Aston Martin, Jaguar, and T-Bird as the
The Cat in the Hat
US 2003 - Bo Welch
out for the 2003 Thunderbird and
if you get the feeling you are watching "The Grinch meets
Austin Powers" .....
Allegedly FAB1 is the
Ford thought this 6 wheel Customisation of the 2002 T-Bird was a good
idea at the time as Rolls Royce refused to be involved .......
Most amazing thing is that the car is driveable as proven by "Fifth
Gear" a UK TV Programme which drove this 29 foot monster through the
smallest Village High Street they could find to see if anyone noticed!
US 1978-81 Aaron Spelling
Tanna - Private Eye cruised the apparently extensive streets of Las
Vegas in a Corvette "devil red"
1957 T-Bird setting the fashion for having a continental
Kit on a '57.
In fact he drove the same section of street multiple times in the same
"shot" just watch the rear projection repeating whilst he speaks on his "Car
telephone" (whilst driving a convertible?)
Pilot + 68 episodes were made, Dan Tanna was played By Robert Urich,
Tony Curtis played his employer the Owner of the Desert Inn.
Show was reputedly one of the most stylish Detective series, it certainly
had an impressive list of Guest Stars, Robert Urich later resurrected
the role in Spenser for Hire.
2 cars were actually used in the filming, a "Show" car for close ups and a
"Stunt" Car fitted with a Police Chrysler engine and locking front
wheels for the Tire screeching scenes.
At the end of filming the cars were painted Aqua so they could be used in
the 1980 Film remake of Breathless.
Fonz's girlfriend Pinky Tuscadero (Roz Kelly) allegedly drove a
T-Bird. Matchbox modelled this car, I can not guarantee it actually appeared in
(Roz Kelly) appeared in episodes #64-66 in
September 1976, she was Leather Tuscadero's (Suzi Quattro) Elder Sister.
Roz went to prison in 1998 after shooting her neighbour's car when the
Alarm sounded continuously in the early hours of the morning!
A Thunderbird does however appear in episode #82 when Susie gives Richie a
lift to their graduation ceremony in her new T-Bird.
If you know the year of Susie's car please let me know?
|Die cast makers are determined
to make us believe that Celebrities all owned 1957 T-Birds, not the case
Elvis did not own a 1957 T-Bird, the only T-Bird he owned was a 1962
Sports Roadster which he only kept for 2 days.
Marilyn never owned a 1957 T-Bird, the famous Photo Shoot was done
using a rented car. She did however own a 1955.
It is widely rumoured that Peter Sellers owned a 1957 Thunderbird.
however his appetite for buying cars was prodigious and he owned over 90
cars including a Mini with a Rolls Royce Engine.
I am still researching this