Although it was not as popular as Ford Mustang, Dodge has appeared in numerous films showcasing its abilities in doing crazy stunts and high speed chases.
1968 Dodge Charger R/T In Bullitt (1968)
This movie contains one of the most famous car chases ever, featuring Bill Hickman on his Dodge Charger 440 and Steve McQueen’s Bullitt. The infamous car chase starts with Hickman as he buckled up his waist-only seat belt then floors it in the streets of San Francisco. There are no lines and background music for this chase scene, the only thing you could hear was the roaring engines of the Mustang and the Charger.
Sadly, Bad guys never win in the movies, this breathtaking car chase ended up when Bill Hickman’s Charger ran out of road and eventually crashes in to a gas station.
Fact: While they were shooting the film, the production crew put thinner wheels on the Charger because the Dodge Charger was much faster than the Ford Mustang and they need to slow it down for the chase scene.
1970 Dodge Challenger in Vanishing Point (1971)
Action packed, right in the beginning. The movie starts with a pursuit in the middle of a California Highway, Barry Newman was driving the white Dodge Challenger and it barrels towards the blockade. The movie shows what kind of mayhem a man can make along with his Challenger. There is also a scene in this movie when, two Dodges are heading for a collision. A 1970 Dodge Challenger against a 1968 Dodge Charger, a police man was driving a Charger and it takes a Mopar to catch a Mopar!
Fact: During its climactic crash scene, the Dodge Challenger was meant to be destroyed but for some strange reasons, the movie producers opt to use a Camaro for this scene.
1970 Dodge Charger R/T In Fast And The Furious (2001)
One of the most overrated performances of Dodge in movies. Its raw power was displayed while it is doing a wheelie on the last scenes of the 2001 movie. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker meet each other under the red light and as the light turns green, both of them showcased the raw powers of the two different cars from two different generations.
Fact: Different varieties of Dodge Chargers were featured in the film and one of them is a modified off-road version of 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. It was used in its 7th installment of the movie.
1969 Dodge Charger In Grindhouse: Death Proof (2007)
20 minutes of pure brutal car chase. Two different Chargers were featured in this film, the 1969 reinforced “death proof” Dodge Charger and the other one was a white 1970 Dodge Charger. Characters in the movie said that this white Charger was the same car that was used in Vanishing Point in 1971.
Fact: The plate numbers on stuntman Mike’s death proof cars pays tribute to Steve McQueen’s Bullitt and to the Dodge Charger that appeared on Dirty Mary Crazy Larry.
1969 Dodge Charger In Dukes Of Hazard
Who else can forget this? It’s the most famous Charger of all time. Almost 320 Chargers were used in the series and 17 of them are still surviving although these cars need a ton of repairs. Due to a lot of crazy stunts it needed to perform, mechanics put a sandbag on its trunk to prevent it from nosing over and they also raised its front end to keep it from scrapping in the ramp. A lot of stuntmen who were involved in the series say that they really enjoy flying while they were doing the stunts but the bad part of these stunts is its landings. It doesn’t matter how well their take off is, the landing was very unpredictable that is why a dozen of cars were damaged and destroyed while shooting the entire series.
Fact: Miniature cars were used in some of the stunts. The show already wrecked a dozen Chargers and for the last season of the show, the effects team only used Hot-Wheels sized models in order to save production cost.