CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Thanksgiving Day, SPEED is serving a heaping helping of over-the-top fast cars and special effects and a side of friendly debate, as the network premieres the two-hour, high-powered Hollywood’s Hottest Car Chases at 8 p.m. ET.
Arguments that begin with Steve McQueen’s 1968 classic, Bullitt, detour through Robert De Niro’s Ronin three decades later and wind up with modern-day classics like the Bourne Identity and the James Bond flik, Quantum of Solace, may not be resolved by this special … but it will be a hell of a ride.
Breaking the analysis into eight major categories, Hollywood’s Hottest Car Chases uses voices from in front of and behind the camera to tell the stories of … the Street Racers, the Professional, the Good Ol’ Boy, the Mythical Hero, the Outlaw, the Cop, the Pro Racer and the Spy.
Leading up to the special, SPEED invited Facebook friends and visitors to SPEED.com to weigh in on the discussion:
- Hard to beat Bullitt … just listening to that sweet Mustang. But, has anyone thought about Steven Spielberg’s first movie, Duel? You remember, the poor Dodge Valiant being chased by a deranged tractor trailer truck? What about American Graffiti when Richard Dreyfus was chasing Suzanne Somers in her white T-Bird? Good stuff!
- The one from The Blues Brothers should be near the top, along with the one through Paris in The Bourne Identity.
- Ronin! By FAR the best! There is more than one chase in it and each one is about the best I have ever seen, far eclipsing previous movie favorites …I still consider them ground breaking and classic.
- The original Gone In 60 Seconds … no stuntman, just real hard driving by a helluva nice guy.
A partial list of movies included in the special: The Fast and the Furious, Death Race 2000, Gumball Rally, Cannonball Run, Ronin, The Transporter, The Driver, The Italian Job, Smokey and the Bandit, White Lightning, Eat My Dust, Dukes of Hazzard, Terminator 2 – Judgment Day, Matrix Reloaded, The Dark Knight, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Road Warrior, Transformers, Gone in 60 Seconds (1974 & 2000 versions), Vanishing Point, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, The Blues Brothers, Bullitt, The French Connection, The Seven Ups, To Live & Die in LA, Bad Boys II, Days of Thunder, Grand Prix, Winning, Le Mans, The Bourne Identity Mission Impossible II, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Quantum of Solace.
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