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Crown Vic Faces A Hollywood Ending

AUDIE CORNISH, Host:

And speaking of Chicago, the Bluesmobile in the original "Blues Brothers" movie was a Dodge Monaco. That vehicle was completely demolished by the end of the film. So for the sequel, "Blues Brothers 2000," the producers turned to the durable Crown Vic.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "BLUES BROTHERS")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The Blues Brothers Band? I thought you guys were all in jail.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC AND CAR CRASHES)

CORNISH: A slightly more customized Crown Victoria was the ride for alien hunters Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in "Men in Black." Their 1987 car featured some customizing including twin turbines and an ability to drive upside down.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "MEN IN BLACK")

WILL SMITH: (as James Darrel Edwards III) Unlimited technology from the whole universe and we cruise around in a Ford P-O-S.

TOMMY LEE JONES: (as Kevin Brown) Fasten your seat belt.

SMITH: (as James Darrel Edwards III) Man, we've got to work on your people skills. You know, you'd get a much better reaction if you were a little more polite.

LEE JONES: (as Kevin Brown) Fasten your seat belt, please.

SMITH: (as James Darrel Edwards III) Whoa, that was good. Did you hurt yourself?

(SOUNDBITE OF SQUEALING TIRES AND A SPEEDING CAR)

LEE JONES: (as Kevin Brown) Oh, the red button there, kid. Don't ever, ever touch the red button.

SMITH: (as James Darrel Edwards III) Oh.

CORNISH: Bumbling police Lieutenant Frank Drebin relied on his Ford in "The Naked Gun," as did Al Pacino's character in the 1995 caper film, "Heat."

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "HEAT")

AL PACINO: (as Lieutenant Vincent Hanna) Does this look like gang bangers working the local 7/Eleven to you?

CORNISH: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.