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Military jeeps (and clones) in the movies

#1 User is offline   SoilantGreen 

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Posted 25 March 2006 - 09:35 AM

As suggested in a different thread, I'm going to get the ball rolling on pointing at military jeeps (and incorrectly used civilian jeeps or jeeps from the wrong era) in the movies.

In the original Planet of the Apes, you can see the ape military driving a Mighty Mite (M422 or M422A1).

In Midway, the navy brass is usually driving CJ-3As which is interesting since they weren't available during WWII.

In Escape from New York, the prison guards have flat black CJ-7s.

How about all of the jeeps in Sahara? There's a LJ Rubicon, an FSJ Grand Wagoneer, and a license built CJ-3B long, among others. The long -3B is the interesting one since they were built in either France, Egypt, or India under license from Willys-Overland, Willys-Jeep, Kaiser-Jeep, or whoever owned the company at that particular moment.

In the original Ocean's Eleven, there is a CJ-3B in the Clark County Sherriff's Posse at the roadblock in Las Vegas. (I know it's not military, but CJ-3B's are cool enough, that even one used for a pseudo law enforcement function is notable.)

This is only off the top of my head, of course, but something others might start to notice now that it has been brought up. I'm mainly interested in the "wrong" jeeps on TV or in the movies. (For instance, the -3As seen during a WWII-era movie.) But, if you've spotted something interesting in the movies, post it!
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 03:49 PM

My mistake; in the post above, I mis-stated which Planet of the Apes movie the Mighty Mites were in. They were in Escape from the Planet of the Apes. They are visible in a scene at a Marine base.

Also, in Adromeda Strain, there are a few Mighty Mites.
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 04:41 PM

Imteresting facts.

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 09:14 PM

Ok yesterday in a movie on the Hallmark channel, I saw a MUTT (M151) get run over by a train. I believe the movie was called Coronado.

In Full Metal Jacket, there are M38s and M151s.

In Uncommon Valor, a WWII MB or GPW gets shot up. For some reason it was at the POW camp that Gene Hackman, Tex Cobb, and Patrick Duffy were attacking.

In Rambo, there are a few M151 MUTTs.
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  Posted 02 May 2006 - 04:22 PM

One of my old favorites for spotting correctness in era was Mash. :puke:

With regards to correctness... things are getting real expensive and hard to locate these days. I don't really have a problem with anyone in turning a civilian Jeep into a military looking one. Yes it's not correct but it still looks mighty fine. Even the a few members of the FL MVPA have done this. Now a days it's quite hard to be 100% correct. Driving around in 60 year old tires can be quite an accomplishment. Some of the reproduction companies have done a great job in matching things up. :scratch:
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Posted 08 May 2006 - 03:35 PM

No doubt that "cloned" vehicles are "usually" welcomed at MVPA events, especially if the job was done well. Heck, at our first ever rally back in February, a DJ-3A done up to look like a Korean conflict era M38 won the people's choice award, amongst some serious grumbling from the members who have "real" military vehicles (and four wheel drive ones at that). Unfortunately, the cloning was not very successful, and has vast amounts of equipage to cover up its numerous definciencies. But with all of the ammo cans, guns, jackets, packs, shovels, etc., it was "sexy" to the spectators at the show and looked combat ready so it won the popular vote. Not thirty feet away was the best Ford GPW (with script) that I have ever personally seen (not to mention the only Mighty Mite at the show...)

All that matters is that a decent attempt was made to look "military" and that the owner likes it. Who cares what people think?

BTW--almost every pattern of Military tread tires is being reproduced and are "right as rain" so you shouldn't feel unsafe in them on the road (at least no more than usual since they suck in the rain...)
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