Volvo 240 wagons in movies?

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by PButler111, Dec 18, 2004.

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    PButler111 Guest

    I'm trying to think of movies in which Volvo 240 wagons make an appearance.
    The only ones that come to mind at the moment are "The Hand That Rocks the
    Cradle" and "Mystic Pizza," and "Fatal Attraction," but I know there are lots
    of others. Can anyone name some more? The 240 wagon doesn't have to be the
    focal point of the movie, or play any featured role at all, just make an
    appearance. Thanks!
    PButler111, Dec 18, 2004
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    PROCOBOB Guest

    I'm trying to think of movies in which Volvo 240 wagons make an appearance.

    How about "The World according to Garp" with Robin Williams.
    PROCOBOB, Dec 18, 2004
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    Rusty Guest

    The Maitland's drive a yellow wagon off a covered bridge in Beetlejuice.

    Rusty, Dec 18, 2004
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    brackenburn Guest

    Hi "Procobob"

    In "......Garp", that was a "humpback" sedan (Volvo PV544). It had to be in
    order to be equipped with the tall gear-shift lever (missing its knob) to
    put an eye out in that driveway smash-up. We won't go into the other
    injury....... ; but in some episodes of the British T/V detective series "A
    Touch Of Frost", Inspector Jack Frost drives a 240 wagon.

    In another British T/V series "Waiting For God", the son drives a Volvo
    wagon, but it may be a 740/940 series.
    A year ago or so "Volvomagazine" (from "Volvo Cars of Canada") ran a contest
    along these lines. Sadly I never saw the final outcome.

    Andy I.

    | >I'm trying to think of movies in which Volvo 240 wagons make an
    | How about "The World according to Garp" with Robin Williams.
    brackenburn, Dec 18, 2004
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    PButler111 Guest

    Subject: Re: Volvo 240 wagons in movies?
    Which makes it even more unbelievable than it already was that they actually
    died as a result of that accident!
    PButler111, Dec 19, 2004
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    Bev A. Kupf Guest

    I think that was a 740 wagon. In Good Neighbors, Penelope Keith and
    Paul Eddington have a Volvo wagon.
    Bev A. Kupf, Dec 19, 2004
  7. There was a (very) brief USA TV situation comedy called "oops," in which the
    planet has been largely destroyed due to nuclear warfare. The post-nuclear
    winter hero of the show has survived the devastation because he was sitting
    in his 240 sedan at the time of the blast which destroyed everything around

    Robert Lutwak, Dec 19, 2004
  8. Every John Irving movie features a Volvo. Garp has already been mentioned,
    with Robin Williams, in which the Volvo plays a grizzly part in a terrible
    accident. Another is the grown adult part of one of the main child
    characters in "Simon Burch", adapted from the book "A Prayer for Owen
    Meany". The adult part is played by Jim Carrey, and he drives a Volvo.

    The Robert Redford character in "woodstein" (All the Presidents Men :)
    drives a 120 sedan, sky blue i think.

    Probably, Henry Fonda, playing the old, stiff New Englander father to his
    daughter Jane, in "On Golden Pond", probably drove a volvo wagon.

    In the Hugh Grant movie where he has trouble committing to others, and finds
    a catharsis with a somewhat wimpy young boy, shows a few frames with a Volvo
    1800 parked on his street outside his flat.

    Almost anytime a movie has a role with a suburban mother, you guessed it,
    look for a volvo wagon.

    In Hunter Thompson's book, Fear and Loathing, he includes a few stream of
    consciousness descriptions of settling into the very comfortable seat in his
    140, cruising the campaign trail, with a glass of Southern Comfort sloshing
    between his legs on the car seat.

    The original "The Saint" series featured a 1800. When shooting the pilot,
    the director asked for a sporty Jaguar XKE, more or less to liken the role
    to James Bond with his famous Aston Martin. However, Jag Corp. did not have
    an extra XKE to loan him at that moment, so he grabbed the volvo instead,
    assuming that the pilot would not get picked up by the network. But, when
    it did, they had to keep the volvo throughout the series for continuity. I
    haven't seen this in a while, but I use to frequently see ads on ebay for
    early year 1800's with unsubstantiated claims that the car was the one used
    in the TV series (buyer beware :(.

    The re-make movie of The Saint, with Val Kilmer, has a Volvo, 850 I think.

    A catchy soft drink ad, Dr. Pepper I think, shows some famous salsa singers,
    like maybe Celia Cruz?, and a Volvo 444 or 544 sitting in the background.
    Gives the scene a somewhat Cuban flavor, where they have kept many old '50s
    cars running due to the trade embargo.

    Some action thriller movie includes a seen with a huge explosion or a
    missile blast, I forget the unimportant details (like the movie name).
    Anyway, in the big bang scene, a projectile is caught on tape screaming down
    a freeway, or an airport runway, or a huge parking lot, at such a high speed
    that everything else in the foreground and the background of the film frames
    is a continuous blur. The other objects are mostly other cars and trucks.
    One of the objects looked familiar: black trim around the door window
    frames, and black outlined chrome trim "spears", those decorative chrome
    strips that run horizontally the length of the car on both sides about
    halfway up the door panel. I was watching this on a rented video, so I
    paused the tape, and in slow motion reversed the tape until i could clearly
    see a 240 being hurled through the frames at high speed.

    I can't help myself, the Volvo body designs are so distinctive, I always see
    them in movies and TV. My wife has been tempted to ask me to be quiet so as
    to not disturb the other viewers. :)
    Pat Quadlander, Dec 19, 2004
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    PButler111 Guest

    Subject: Re: Volvo 240 wagons in movies?
    Wow! That was detailed! But I'm only interested in 240 wagons. Too bad you
    can't remember the name of the movie with that one! But what an eye for Volvos
    you have!
    PButler111, Dec 19, 2004
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    PButler111 Guest

    Subject: Re: Volvo 240 wagons in movies?
    That's pretty good -- thanks!
    PButler111, Dec 19, 2004
  11. Wasn't there a movie where there is a crazy advertising exec that does some
    commercial that bombs that features a 740 or a 240- Dudley Moore was in
    it.To change things a bit- Colin Powell (US sec. state)at one point used to
    have volvos. Pat
    patrick mitchel, Dec 19, 2004
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    Jim Carriere Guest

    That sounds like "Crazy People," where the "boxy but good" joke started.
    Jim Carriere, Dec 19, 2004
  13. You MIGHT include the Back to the Future movies. The Delorean used a bunch
    of Volvo parts (including, I believe, most of the drivetrain). The scene
    that comes to mind of course is the close-up of the speedometer as M.J.Fox
    tries to reach 85 mph. It's the speedometer from my '78 Volvo 264.
    Robert Lutwak, Dec 19, 2004
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    Bev A. Kupf Guest

    The DeLorean used a PRV V6 engine (peugeot-renault-volvo), but the
    transmission wasn't Volvo.
    Bev A. Kupf, Dec 19, 2004
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    PButler111 Guest

    Subject: Re: Volvo 240 wagons in movies?
    No, really, I'm only interested in whole 240 wagons that make appearances in
    movies (or TV for that matter). Thanks!
    PButler111, Dec 19, 2004
  16. Years ago, on a visit to my parents' home during some holiday, I
    remember catching part of a TV sitcom in which the short Canadian-born
    kid/star played a right-wing, suit-wearing, teenager with former hippy

    In any case, the kid went chasing after his girlfriend who had left
    town, either to go to college or a job, and the short kid went after
    her to tell her he loved her (or something like that) and there were
    some shots of the tail-end of a Volvo 245 (presumably belonging to his
    former hippy parents) getting onto an expressway cloverleaf, at night.

    Although not a 240 wagon, I remember a "Nash Bridges" episode in which
    some Bad Girl stole Cheech Marin's character "Joe Domingues" wife's V70
    wagon and someone exclaimed something like "It' a Volvo! Why would
    anyone want to steal a Volvo???!!" and to add insult to injury, I seem
    to recall the Volvo wagon being blown up .

    And speaking of P1800's, Micheal Steadman (sp?), on the
    "thirtysomething" series drove one.
    Eunoia Eigensinn, Dec 19, 2004
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    PButler111 Guest

    Subject: Re: Volvo 240 wagons in movies?
    Great -- thanks! The show was "Family Ties" and the short Canadian was MIchael
    J. Fox. Makes perfect sense they'd drive a 240 wagon. Thanks!
    PButler111, Dec 20, 2004
  18. That's a fine image to me, don't steal *my* Volvo.

    Don't blow it up either. :)
    Franz Bestuchev, Dec 20, 2004
  19. snip

    C70 I think....but great post!
    Steve n Holly, Dec 20, 2004
  20. At one point, and perhaps again, 'till 08 when no matter who wins (I hope he
    has a fitting position in our government again) (and I am a liberal
    Democrat!) Powell restored old Volvos as a hobby.
    Steve n Holly, Dec 20, 2004
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