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This week’s question: What’s your favorite film that takes place entirely in a moving vehicle?

Posted: November 4, 2016
Mr. Thank You

Mr. Thank You

Very much living up to its title, Jan de Bont’s Speed simply never slows down, at times feeling like a supercharged theme park ride, carefully balancing just the right level of thrills without too much traumatizing realism.

Many of the freeway scenes were shot on a then unfinished intersection of LA Interstates 110 and 105. When de Bont noticed the gaps in the still under construction highway overpasses, he asked Graham Yost to write a scene into script that took advantage of the location, resulting in one of the most memorable sequences in the film.

This week’s question: What’s your favorite film that takes place entirely—or almost entirely—in a moving vehicle? To narrow the field, we’ll eliminate planes and boats, and just keep land-based vehicles such as cars, trucks, buses and of course trains.

For inspiration, here are host Richard Peña’s picks: “Speaking of trains, have you ever seen Anthony Mann’s The Tall Target, a fascinating Civil War era thriller set almost entirely on a moving train? And if you’re looking for another great bus movie, albeit quite a different one, try Hiroshi Shimizu’s charming Mr. Thank You, based on a story by Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata.”

Be sure to post your answers below.

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