Jeep and Hollywood: Our Favorite Lesser-Known Cameos
Considering the popularity of the brand, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Jeep has made a significant role in entertainment history. The vehicles have appeared in a variety of different movies or television shows, including Jurassic Park, M*A*S*H and Cars. However, there are also a handful of Jeep-centric movies and television shows that have been forgotten. Thanks to IMCDB.com (the Internet Movie Cars Database), we’ve dug up some of those forgotten appearances.
Take a look at some of our favorite lesser-known Jeep appearances. When you’ve finished reading, you may be itching to visit a local Jeep dealer in Miami…
This 1996 movie starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt featured a Jeep… for the first 15 minutes of the movie. That was when the off-roader was replaced by the more recognizable Ram pickup, a move that left many Jeep enthusiasts disappointed.
Still, the vehicle has actually gained a bit of cult following in recent years as more and more movie-watchers recognized the capabilities of the Jeep. The vehicle used was the “honcho” version of the 1982 Jeep J-10, a vehicle that had recently received several upgrades (like the inclusion of a light bar, lift, new wheels and tires, and a front brush guard).
While there’s no saying which engine was actually under the Jeep’s hood, there’s a good chance that it was the inline-six system that was typically found in these Jeep models. This was actually an excellent pick by the characters, as this Jeep proved to be a tough off-roader, capable of overcoming any adverse weather (including a record-breaking tornado).
Jeep Scrambler/The Dirtbike Kid
The long wheel-based Jeep CJ-8 (affectionately known as the Jeep Scrambler) was included in a number of movies, with the 1981 model being the most prevalent version. Among the movie and television appearances included Hijack (1999), Lost (2004-2010), Desperado (1995), and Fantasy Island (1978-1984).
Perhaps the most famous appearance of the Jeep Scrambler came in the 1985 movie “The Dirtbike Kid.” The iconic movie scene featured actor Peter Billingsley (famous for his role in A Christmas Story) speeding away from pursuing cops. Why are they trying to chase the young man? We’ll leave that up to you to figure out, but we’ll reveal one thing: the Jeep Scrambler certainly isn’t a vehicle you want to get into a race with.
Jeep CJ-7/Dukes of Hazzard
Daisy Duke, the iconic character from the hit television series, first rode around in a yellow Plymouth Road Runner, a car that was eventually switched to the 1971 Plymouth Satellite. However, that vehicle was eventually destroyed on screen, leaving Daisy without a ride.
To replace the fallen cars, the character purchased a 1980 Jeep Cj-7 “Golden Eagle,” a vehicle that ultimately became synonymous with the character. The vehicle slightly changed throughout the duration of the series (particularly the paint job, door design, and Eagle emblem), but it doesn’t matter much to us. The Jeep is still one of the most well-known vehicles from Hollywood history.
Jeep will continue to play a significant role in Hollywood. Who knows, maybe we’ll someday see a movie that’s entirely about Jeeps.