A Movie Website Driven by Cars

i037325Ever wonder what the make and model of that minivan carrying Jason Schwartzman‘s coincidence in David O. Russell‘s existential comedy from 2004 I Heart Huckabees was? Me neither. Why would you? The scene lasts for maybe 15 seconds at most and is the only time in the film where that particular car is seen. For the record, it’s a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan. I’m guessing that if you didn’t care about the Caravan you would care even less about that parked car positioned directly behind Schwartzman, a car whose significance in the film is as unimportant as a the wattage of said parked cars’ breaking light. For the record that’s a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

At this point you might be thinking why do I know this, or more likely why should you care?

Well, thanks to the website IMCDB.org (Internet Movie Cars DataBase) I can now find out oodles of information on almost any background car from almost any movie. The website, which I imagine was created by an autophile with an extreme case of OCD, is impressively inclusive and best of all, very user friendly.

There are numerous ways in which you search the database. You can either type in the car’s make or model and a list of films appear featuring that car, or type in the name of the film and a list of cars in that film will appear. The best part about this feature is that the lists appear in either picture or word form. I prefer the former.

Aside from their easy search function, the site also has a key chart signifying the importance of each listed vehicle:

***** The vehicle is part of the movie
**** Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time
*** Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase
** Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene
* Background vehicle
?? Unknown vehicle role
trailer Seen only in preview/trailer
cut Seen only in deleted scenes
alt.end. Seen only in an alternative ending
extras Seen only in an extra DVD contents

How cool is that?

So what does all this information mean to you? Well, whether you’re a car junkie, or if your hopelessly addicted to the cinema (such as I am), then the answer should be an obvious one – it’s a fun way to kill a couple of hours. As a matter of fact, as soon as I’m done writing this post I’m heading over to the Cannonball Run page; not to identify all the 5 star vehicles, but rather those innocent victim 1 stars. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some serious IMCDB geeking out to attend to.

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Are you seriously telling me you don’t remember the 1962 Oldsmobile F-85 De Luxe Wagon from one of the most famous car chase films of all time – Bullitt (1968)?

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