- Thanks for the clue TreeFitty, I've used it for searching and found interesting things.History of the GMC Astro
. A very brief article on the history of this model.1983 GMC Aero Astro
. A nice photo of the 1983 version.
I must say I like the design of those old cabovers. They look nice.
I found a site called Internet Movie Cars Database
(IMCDb), and they have a topic about this cigarette truck: 1980 GMC Astro 95
You seem to be right Fitty, they say it's a 1980 Astro model (though one poster suggests late 70s). The poster Cycolac Fan
says it had extra strong front bumper (as I suspected), and also mention a camera box behind the cab that I never noticed.
I have not seen other double trailers
in America, only as "road trains" in Australia. Was double trailers legal only for a short period in the US? It's strange I've not seen more of them if they are legal.Comments on scenes in the movie:
(See the truck chase video
, also embedded in my first post.)
At 2:01, what is causing the bus
to spin out of control? I don't see anything causing it, it's like if they added the scene because they wanted it, forgetting to put a reason in the script.
At 2:24, the white VW Beetle
is driving into the trailer for no apparent reason. Driver in panic and holding both hands on the face and not on the steering wheel? No plausible cause for this. If they wanted the Beetle to get under the trailer, they could have made it more credible by making it happen when the truck made a left turn in an intersection.
This and the bus scene at 2:01 don't seem right to me, but all in all it's maybe the best chase I've seen in any film.
2:44: What sort of coupling
is that?? Is it normal for heavy trucks in America? It let the trailer disconnect. I've not seen that sort of coupling on other than farm tractors. All heavy trucks in Europe must use this standard of coupling and it is very safe: VBG couplings
(images), and drawbar eyes
3:05: This scene after the truck has stopped reminds me so much about San Andreas cops
Actually the cops throughout the film reminds me about San Andreas on many occasions. And Alex Foley could be CJ's brother.