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Old 08-28-12, 11:39 PM   #1
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Car Chase on the L.A. River

The L.A. River is a popular place for car chases. Seems ironic, but the L.A. River is paved over and with it's sloping walls, its used frequently for car chases.

I just got done watching one in "To Live and Die in LA".



Are there other films you remember featuring this iconic location?
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The movie Drive has a scene where they cruise it, and I'm pretty sure it's in The Rockford Files at least once. And I'm ashamed I know this but I'm pretty sure Grease too. I know I've seen a ton of scenes with it. I've always dreamed of being able to fly down it.
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I think Terminator 2 - Judgement Day has a scene where John Connor is being chased by a Truck. Flying? There are couple of movies where a helicopter flies through and under bridges and stuff..
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I was going to ask if Grease used that spot. Also, the Cage version of Gone in 60 Seconds? (Maybe even the original, too?)

I know there are many, many others, as I get a glimpse of the spot when my wife watches movies on TV that I have never heard of, but I don't know their titles.
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That is not a car chase.

This is a car chase.

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That is not a car chase.

This is a car chase.

Anh! You wouldn't know what to do with it if you caught it, Inge.
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That would be an awesome location for a bike race.
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little known fact the car chase from gone with the wind was filmed there.Me being afilm buff knows this a course
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That would be an awesome location for a bike race.
Not unless you like broken collarbones by the truckload. There's places where the water just covers the concrete, and it flows constantly. It's perfect for growing a layer of algae, which is slicker than snot. Great if you have 3 wheels, lousy if you have 2.
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Not unless you like broken collarbones by the truckload. There's places where the water just covers the concrete, and it flows constantly. It's perfect for growing a layer of algae, which is slicker than snot. Great if you have 3 wheels, lousy if you have 2.
Yeah, algae is insanely slick. Ride a bike over it and you are going down.
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Yeah once my kayak started to sink and when i finaly got close to shore all there was was huge boulders covered in algie and i had to flip pick my kayak up on thse bolder to get the water out i was still in shalow water
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Gone in 60 Seconds had a great scene using the LA River and the GT500 being chased by and outrunning a helicopter..
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I got a chance to do a couple runs up and down the LA river from Long Beach to LA in a replica of a 1938 Jaguar Indy car that I helped to build in 1979, and somebody somewhere still has the film we shot I would guess. Later we attended the world premier of Apocalypse Now at the old Pacific Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, and then we had dinner with Jack Lemmon and his wife at the El Coyote restaurant. It was such a surreal experience that I can't see the LA river in real life or in film without remembering that entire day and night, but a friend and I also did some "canal surfing" down it during a rain storm in 1982 that got us in a bit of trouble with the LAPD, and that was fun too.......

The car we replicated was similar to this and the film we shot was suppose to be to seek investors in a movie that never got produced:
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I got a chance to do a couple runs up and down the LA river from Long Beach to LA in a replica of a 1938 Jaguar Indy car that I helped to build in 1979, and somebody somewhere still has the film we shot I would guess. Later we attended the world premier of Apocalypse Now at the old Pacific Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, and then we had dinner with Jack Lemmon and his wife at the El Coyote restaurant. It was such a surreal experience that I can't see the LA river in real life or in film without remembering that entire day and night, but a friend and I also did some "canal surfing" down it during a rain storm in 1982 that got us in a bit of trouble with the LAPD, and that was fun too.......

The car we replicated was similar to this and the film we shot was suppose to be to seek investors in a movie that never got produced:
Neat story.
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Not unless you like broken collarbones by the truckload. There's places where the water just covers the concrete, and it flows constantly. It's perfect for growing a layer of algae, which is slicker than snot. Great if you have 3 wheels, lousy if you have 2.
I don't mean right now. You would have to clean it up first. Would be a really cool crit course on the dry sections.
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