I watched the excellent Dazed and Confused again the other day and once again with any film set in the past I just stare at all the cars and get very jealous that high school kids can run around in such awesome muscle cars!
If you haven’t seen the film, you should check it out, it is about a load of high school kids on their last day of school before summer, set in 1976. They party, drive around, haze freshman and generally just get into a bit of trouble. Imagine a 70s version of American Graffiti. It also has one of the best soundtracks in any film, with the likes of Foghat, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple and KISS all blasting from the various characters car stereos.
Of course what you want to see is all the cars used in the film! Thanks to my favourite car and film geek site IMCDB You can see almost every car used, there are about 5 or 6 main cars in the film owned by the main characters with the most famous being David ‘Woody’ Wooderson’s 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 called ‘Melba Toast’. Woody is the sleezy but cool guy brilliantly played by Matthew McConaughey, who hangs around with the kids even though he left school and now works for ‘the city’. He also says the famous line “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.”
He is one of the only main characters who expresses an interest in modifying cars when he is talking at one point about his engine with another guy and says “Let me tell you what Melba Toast is packin’ right here, all right. We got 4:11 Positrac outback, 750 double pumper, Edelbrock intake, bored over 30, 11 to 1 pop-up pistons, turbo-jet 390 horsepower. We’re talkin’ some fuckin’ muscle”
The opening of the film features Kevin Pickford’s bright orange 1970 Pontiac GTO ‘The Judge’ cruise into the school parking lot with Aerosmith’s ‘Sweet Emotion’ and it is from that moment on you know this will be a great movie.
Ben Affleck appears in the film as a relative newbie and plays the token jock douche and drives around in what looks like a primer grey ’72 Plymouth Duster.
My personal favourite vehicle of the film though is Benny O’Donnel’s 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne that they pile into to go out hunting for Freshman to ‘paddle’.
Of course they are just the most used cars, they also have lots more driven by minor characters…
Randall ‘Pink’ Floyd’s ’77 Chevy El Camino.
Coach Conrad’s 1969 Ford Bronco.
The 1964 Buick Electra 225 driven by freshman, Pentico, who borrowed it off his brother so they could get away from the seniors. Was used in a car chase with O’Donnells Chevelle pick up.
A background 1972 Corvette C3.
Chevy C-10 being driven around by seniors looking for freshman.
1937 Oldsmobike Six hot rod cruising the strip.
Chevy 1/2 Ton pick up driven by Darla Marks as she hazes the female freshman.
There are loads more as well, to see every car in the film check them out here at IMCDB
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