Car Movie Enthusiast Reviews

Ranking

Title and Review
Machine Gun Kelley. 1958.

A Charles Bronson film, Produced and Directed by Roger Corman. The car is not the star here (the Thompson machine gun is), but this is one of the better "getaway" genre films.

Unfortunately, the film is not available.

  M.A.D.D. Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 1983.

The story of this important organization, starting with it's founder Candy Lightner.

2nd Tier! Mad Max. 1979.

Mel Gibson (nowadays known for being literally mad) is his best role as an Australian police officer after the apocalypse. When his wife and child are brutally murdered by a roving gang, Max fires up the 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Interceptor (with massive supercharger and other unique tricks) and hunts them down.

Be sure to get the original Australian version - the first American version was re-dubbed with American voices by it's idiot distributor!

Great film, and it will be the start of your appreciation for the Australian Falcon.

 

  Mad Racers. 1966.

Haven't seen it... looking for a copy.

  The Man with the Golden Gun. 1974.

A poor entry in the James Bond series, although the following stunt was very notable for it's sheer complexity. This was the famous bridge jump, with a collapsed bridge twisting the 1973 AMC Hornet X over. It landed right-side up, although the movie did not.

 

  Mad Racer, The. 1926.

Haven't seen it... looking for a copy.

Maximum Overdrive. 1986.

A too-typically terrible Stephen King (Writer, Director) bust about crazed trucks. Not worth seeing or having under any circumstances.

McQ. 1974.

The first of two John Wayne "cop" films. Wayne is a Seattle cop with a very nice 1973 Firebird Trans Am and a couple of chases. Not an exceptional "cop" movie, and not John Wayne at his best. However, the chase scenes are pretty good, and if you are a fan of Hal Needham then this is a must-see.

The first video is of particular interest because it features overlays showing the streets involved and comments about the modern uses of the buildings and streets. For example what was a laundry then is now used by Amazon.com. This clip should enable you to drive most of the streets involved (we recommend you skip the part under I5 South). We’ve done the drive ourselves, for this film as well as for Bullitt. If you are a fan of both Seattle and John Wayne, as we are, then watch closely:

According to an article in Popular Mechanics magazine, Hal Needham was almost killed making the final scene of the movie, where a car flips over. He built a downward facing cannon into the back of the car and used too big of a charge.

Here's the final scene:

Spoiler: The T/A doesn't make it to the end... it exits the movie very badly, but it sure sounds great while it's still running.

 

The Mechanic: 1972.

Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent as hit-man and hit-man in training. Notable for the neat double-twist ending involving a Mustang. Great plot - worth seeing if you are a Bronson fan, although the motorsport content is minimal. Also, be sure to see Bronson in Machine Gun Kelley for some good getaway car action.

Moonshine Highway. 1996 (TV Movie).

Kyle MacLachlan as a moonshiner and Randy Quaid as a stereotypical corrupt sheriff (who could believe Randy in a role like this?). Lots of car chases. Oddly, although set in TN, it was filmed in southern Ontario.

Mother, Jugs and Speed. 1976.

Funny, but typical film of the 70s. Not strictly a "car" film, it's about an ambulance company on the edge of legality.

Stars Raquel Welch, Bill Cosby, and Harvey Keitel. Larry Hagman has a nasty role. The entire film - from start to finish - is not politically correct!

Moving Violation. 1976.

Eddie Albert at the peak of his career. Redneck chases bad kids around the south. So what else is new in The South? Ho-hum...

2nd Tier! Munster Go Home: 1966.

The Munsters go to England, and of course end up in a cross-country on- and off-road race. Grandpa builds a race car from a spare coffin, Herman drives it to a win. The race car was a variation of a George Barris creation that later became "Drag-U-La", a play on "Dracula". Dragula was also used on the remaining year of the television show after the movie premiered.

Of course it was absurd to think Herman could win a roadrace with drag tires front and rear, but then the Munsters is all about suspension of disbelief. We have fond memories here, the Munsters was about the coolest show you could watch back in those days and George Barris was everywhere!

It's available on DVD, but unfortunately there is not a "making of" or retrospectives by the surviving cast.