Unless you’re car mad, chances are when you go to the movies, you don’t pay attention to what vehicle the hero is driving. That’s a shame, because oftentimes the car itself is the star of the entire movie. Today’s list examines some cars that were the stars and some you might have missed:


1996 Oldsmobile Silhouette: Get Shorty

When Oldsmobile first introduced the Silhouette in 1990, there wasn’t anything like it on the road, save for its stablemates. The minivan was lower and sleeker than competing minivans, but it eventually gained the nickname “dust buster.”

In 1996, the first generation was showing its age and General Motors was preparing an entirely new model, but to generate some buzz, the Silhouette landed a co-starring role in the film Get Shorty, in which John Travolta plays a loan shark trying to break into the Hollywood movie scene. In one scene, he arrives at LAX in the middle of a rainstorm and requests a Cadillac, but what he gets is “the Cadillac of minivans,” which is all the rental car agency had. You can see the shameless marketing plug for the Oldsmobile Silhouette here.

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IFCAR / Own work

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