Best Car Scenes Ever Take Place in Space

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The force is strong with this one, Stephen Cobert. He recently picked up the story that scientists with “equipment connected to a house sized sphere can focus 192 laser beams on a small point, generating temperatures and pressures that exist at the core of stars or giant planets.”

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This of course got me thinking… Death Star… Star Wars… Hans Solo… Millennium Falcon… best car scenes ever. Yeah, I said it. Empire Strikes Back has one of the all time greatest chase scenes ever. So what that it takes place in space. It starts with one of the all time classic lines from Leia. Remember inside the ice cave? Running up to the car (ah, ship), laser blasts everywhere, a fist pound on the dash to make sure things get running then:

“This bucket of bolts is never going to get us out of here.” Leia.

“This thing still got a few tricks left in her sweetheart….” Hans.

…Would it help if I got out and pushed? Leia.

“It might.”

That baby takes off right in front of a clearly pissed off Darth Vader. Is Darth worried? Not really he’s got the entire Imperial fleet waiting right around the corner… of the planet. Is Hans sweating it? Come on! He’s got the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy. Just a few coordinates in the ol’ navvy and… wha, wha, wha, the fan belt broke on the supercharger. But slam the throttle, turn the wheel and:

“We can still out maneuver them.”

Spoken like a guy with tremendous stones. But then, no more laser blasts, something hit them.

“You’re not actually going into the asteroid field!?” Leia exclaims.

“They’d be crazy to follow us wouldn’t they?” “…Well, you said I wanted to be around when I made a mistake, well this might be it sweetheart.”

“But sir, the odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field are 3,720 to 1.”

“Never tell me the odds.”

They slip phallically into a wet cave to live another day.

2 Responses

  1. EMPM, Esq

    You don’t have to go in to space to see the best car chase in a movie. All you have to do is go down to the local video store and rent Ronin. A movie chock full of beautiful cars we don’t get here in the US, and a few that we do.

    Or the Transporter, with the beautifully awesome 735i with a manual transmission. A stick shift in a full size luxury car? Not it America, but elsewhere in the world.

    How about the car chase in Bullit? American muscle vs. more American muscle.

    If you want even more American muscle, there’s always the cinematic tour de force starring Peter Fonda: Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. 93 minutes of pretty much all car chase.

    Or watch the movie that made the Pontiac with the Fire Chicken on the hood famous, Smokey and the Bandit. Cops chasing a Trans Am that is trying to create a diversion so that a truck can run beer into Texas? Sign me up! Who didn’t want a Trans Am after seeing that movie? Too bad you couldn’t say the same thing about the G6 (so long Pontiac, you will be… missed…? Sort of? Thank God we still have Chrysler around to keep up the plastic clad crapmobile tradition. Wait, what? Fiat? Really? Hmmm).

    I could go on and on. There are hundreds of great car chase movies out there… right here on earth.

  2. Paul "Groosh" Grusche

    Sure, if you want to go all obvious on me, yes Ronin, Bullit and Smokey all slice the pavement in prime form. I’ve owned a copy of Ronin for years and can picture De Niro gripping that wheel with fierce constipation, I mean concentration.

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