We sit in the darkness, clutching our popcorn bags and staring up at the silver screen, watching two cars chase each other through the city. Around corners, down long expanses of road, past cowed pedestrians, over sidewalks they fly. Will they crash? Will they survive? What lunatic drives like that?!
The answers depend on the movie. In the 1968 film Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen, a famed 13-minute chase scene through the streets of San Francisco involves a 1968 green Ford Mustang and 1968 Dodge Charger 440 R/T. They end up on a rural stretch of road, banging into each other, and the Mustang gets shot through the windshield. In the end, though, it’s the Charger that gets the worst of it, going up in a ball of flame after crashing into a gas station. Eighty cars were destroyed in the making of the film. But that level of destruction doesn’t quite live up to the Blues Brothers sequel (2000), which crashed a total of 105 cars.