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Jaguar in Films


The Verdict
Giant
Blind Date
Love Bug
Cadillac Man
The Krays (1990)
Mona Lisa (1986)
52 Pickup
Speed
Play Misty for Me
Deep Cover
Viva Las Vegas
The Beverly Hillbillies
Blank Check
The Damned ("There are the damned") (1961)
The Steal
The Green Helmet
Some kind of Wonderful 1987
^M Usual Suspects
^M

Films


The Verdict

Paul Newman as lawyer talks with doctor who drives a yellow E-Type 2+2 (unknown series) [caw]


Giant

XK-120, 140 or 150 driven by unknown actor at the end of the movie. "Giant" was released in 1956. In my article and here I'd like to suggest a contest to spot the earliest sighting of a Jaguar in an American-made movie. Quite a concept, eh? [caw]


Blind Date

(Bruce Willis, Kim Bassinger)

You have to be pretty sharp-eyed to spot this one but the action moves to a fancy party - Willis starts shooting up Bassinger's ex-boyfriend in the car park and there's what I'm sure is an e-type in the background.. [jb]


Love Bug

In the movie, "The Love Bug" about the Volkswagen beetle with a personality in the first racing scene you can clearly see through the rear window of the VW a Series I E-Type coupe. I don't know if there are any more sightings since that was the point at which I quit watching. [caw]


Cadillac Man

(Robin Williams)

It takes place primarily on the lot of a car dealership which specializes in fine automobiles. Amongst the Cads, Lincolns, Mercedes and Porsches there are several XJ-6s. One gets taken for a rough ride and the grille of another gets peppered with machine gun fire. I don't know the model years but they must be fairly new as they have the new front and rear treatments. [caw]


The Krays (1990)

Violent, but true to life story of the infamous Kray twins, Ronnie & Reg. Mostly travelled around in Mk X's and 420's. Jaguars abound in the hands of discerning underground thugs... [dm]


Mona Lisa (1986)

Again, strange that no-one mentioned this film as the Jaguar plays quite a prominent role.

George ( Bob Hoskins) drove everywhere in his Jaguar Mk II ( or was it a Mk I?) [dm]


52 Pickup

(Roy Schneider)

Anybody see the movie "52 Pickup"? In that flick, Roy Schneider drove a Series 1 E-type roadster. He's being blackmailed, and at the end he gives the car to the blackmailer as part of the payoff. The bad guy starts it up, turns on the stereo, Roy's voice comes on the tape and says "Welcome to the last 10 seconds of your life." Then the doors lock themselves, 3...2...1...KABOOM, the car is a fireball. [rr]


Speed

I am told by "friends" (with a gleeful look, they are well aware of my affliction) that in the film "Speed", currently a box office smash here in Norway, a brand-new-looking sounds-like-it-must-be-an XJS convertible, wooden steering wheel and all, gets totalled. [nj]

In "Speed" the cop is trying to get on a bus moving above 55mph by coming up to it in about a 92 XJS Triple Black, tan interior, con convertible. He tries to get on it with the door closed but can't. He accelerates in front of the bus, opens the door, slammmmsss on the brake and WHAM!!! Off came the driver side door. I nearly had a heart attack when I sam this scene. The movie should have a rating on it saying that no jag-lovers can watch it. The cop then gets on the bus, leaving the stunned owner in it, where the owner bruptly hits in to the water buckets that the put in front of the cement divider on the off ramp. [mjh]

The good news here is that it was a Hess and Eisenhardt convertible. In "Speed" the cop is trying to get on a bus moving above 55mph by coming up to it in about a 92 XJS Triple Black, tan interior, con convertible. He tries to get on it with the door closed but can't. He accelerates in front of the bus, opens the door, slammmmsss on the brake and WHAM!!! Off came the driver side door. I nearly had a heart attack when I sam this scene. The movie should have a rating on it saying that no jag-lovers can watch it. The cop then gets on the bus, leaving the stunned owner in it, where the owner bruptly hits in to the water buckets that the put in front of the cement divider on the off ramp. [mjh]

Good riddance to a real piece of junk. H and E is an American coachbuilding firm that modified XJSs for the factory to provide a convertible for the US market. The fuel tank system is junk, the tops are vinyl, the rear of the car sags, cowl shake is twice as bad as a factory convertible and build quality is terrible. Sorry if anyone ones one of these beauties but the numerous negative experiences I've had with them barely makes it a Jag worth remembering. [mjh]


Play Misty for Me

I don't know whether this has been mentioned before, but there was excellent exposure of a black XK140 DHC (at least I think I remember the stowed top) in "Play Misty for Me", a psychological thriller starring Clint Eastwood as a Carmel, CA disk jockey who gets hooked up with a really scary, obsessive woman. It is quite a good movie and has a number of scenes of the car, both closeup and moving. The scene I liked most is at twilight when the hero has suddenly realized his girlfriend's new housemate is the psycho who has been chasing him for half the movie. He is racing to the house along the coast highway with his lights on and just enough daylight left to see the outlines of the car. The sounds of the engine as he changes up and down are worth the price of admission. Best of all, no one wrecks the car! [dh]


Deep Cover

.. the good guy in "Deep Cover" (about 2 years old) drove an XJS convertible, while the bad drove a hot looking 500 SL. [nj]


Viva Las Vegas

... an XK120 flips end over end down a hill. [rr]


The Beverly Hillbillies

... a Series 3 XJ6 gets crushed by Jethro's monster truck. [rr]


Blank Check

... a Series 3 XJ6 crashes through a bandstand, goes airbourne and lands on the hoods of some Cadillacs. [rr]


The Damned ("There are the damned") (1961)

Macdonald Carey, Oliver Reed, James Villiers, Shirley Ann Field, Viveca Lindfors A rarity this - real '50s B-movie SF stuff from Hammer. Anyway from the clip I saw, the hero drives what looked like an XK120 roadster before driving it into the sea..

The Big Steal 1990

Australian film describing a young lad who trades in his folks beloved 50s Japanese Nissan Cedric to get a S1 XJ6 from a crooked car dealer. Engine blows up and dealer renages on the deal, but the dealer has a S2 XJ6 which has a good engine which actually belongs to the S1 car. So the young lad and his mates set to and swap the engines between the two cars in a multi story car park. All good fun and lots of XJ6 shots, in fact the cars were the stars of the film.[ra][rd]


The Green Helmet

The Green Helmet 1961

This stars Bill Travers as the driver and Sidney James as the racing manager. Also stars Jack Brabham and Roy Salvadori.

There is a lot of footage of current racing at Le Mans including E types. In some ways the film is like a biopic of Jim Clark, except for the fact that Clark was not that famous in 1961.

The car used is a rebodied Lister Jaguar ( reg VPP 9 I think ) According to either Jaguar World or JEC magazine, this car still exists in Oz and although back to its original bodywork, still has the bodywork built for the film.[ra]


Some kind of Wonderful 1987

The girl drives a MK VII.[ab]


Usual Suspects

At the end of the film "Usual Suspects," the villian Kiaser Solcai (sp?) is picked up in a black XJ-40. A brief seen but an appropriate car for the villian. It's a great flick if can see it. It is currently on tape here in the US.[pk]


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