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The Greatest Movie Car Chase Ever?

by Paul Strauss

(NSFW: Language) While most of us consider the car chase sequences from Bullitt, The Blues Brothers and The French Connection to be the best ever put on film (and no the CGI enhanced Fast & Furious flicks don’t count) it turns out there’s another little known candidate, in the form of a dark comedy from 1990 called Short Time. In this scene, Dabney Coleman pursues his nemeses down the highway, driving his Plymouth Gran Fury at breakneck speeds, zipping past a line of cops and miraculously avoiding a barrage of gunfire from his enemies in their Pontiac Parisienne. Naturally, he drives through a bunch of panes of glass and some trash barrels on the way, though no fruit carts harmed.

We have no idea how he possibly continued driving after rolling the car, but we’re impressed by just how much longer he was able to keep going given the massive amount of damage inflicted on the car. We’re assuming that the stunt people went through more than a few cars to shoot the whole sequence.

Of course the whole storyline is that Coleman is that he find out he’s dying and that his life insurance policy will pay out more if he dies in the line of duty, so his reckless driving antics make a bit more sense.

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