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Black Cadillac (2003)

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Three young men become terrorized in a high-speed car chase with a mysterious pursuant.


John Murlowski


John Murlowski (story), Will Aldis (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Randy Quaid ... Charlie
Shane Johnson ... Scott
Josh Hammond Josh Hammond ... C.J. Longhammer
Jason Dohring ... Robby
Kiersten Warren ... Jeannine
Adam Vernier ... Beefy
Taylor Stanley ... Denise
Kelly Mullis ... Lurlene
Robert Clunis Robert Clunis ... Luther
Marilyn Silva Marilyn Silva ... Louise
Karl Johnson ... Fightin' Bar Guy
Richard Deutsch Richard Deutsch ... Drunk Bar Kid
Christopher Gilbertson Christopher Gilbertson ... Bar Denizen (as Chris Gilbertson)
Shannon Holzer Shannon Holzer ... Bar Denizen
Jeremy Fry ... Bar Denizen


Every year Scott Robertson, a generally admired Yale student, and his screw-up mate C.J. Longhammer from Minnesota cross the Wisconsin border for a wild night. Scott has a girl in his Saab, but as usual must return to the bar as CJ started a fight and this time Scotts adoring kid brother Robbie is with them, and just was about to lose his tormenting virginity. Scotts fists get them out. They are followed by a black Cadillac, make a risky drive on the lake to shake it, allow Robbie to take an urgent leak and give a lift to a neighboring sheriff, Charlie, who has car trouble in Arctic weather. The Cadillac keeps following and even ramming them, so they start wondering why and suspecting each-other, and it gets worse... Written by KGF Vissers

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Revenge in the driver's seat


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Carro da Morte See more »

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Did You Know?


The film is loosely based on an experience from the Director's past. In the early eighties, while he and a few friends were driving home, they were chased by a car, for several hours, through backwoods roads. See more »


The movie alternates between two black 1957 Cadillacs, a four-door Eldorado and a Fleetwood 75 limousine. "Eldorado" lettering is visible on the trunk lid and the curved rear door window frame differs from a square rear limo door. A similar replacement car may have been obtained for additional filming under different weather conditions following the destruction of the original car. See more »


Charlie: So we had to use him as bait-do us a little ice fishing-and lo and behold, we caught ourselves a couple of Minnesota dickless perch.
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References The Three Musketeers (1973) See more »

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Sufficient time-passer
5 July 2005 | by willywantsSee all my reviews

After getting in a violent bar fight, three friends take off across a huge expanse of wilderness, only to be terrorized by a hulking black Cadillac. A friend of mine rented this and insisted I watch it with them. I was expecting a supernatural "Christine"-style thriller and with a title like "Black Cadillac", a goofy one at that. As it turns out, this film has no supernatural elements, nor was it very goofy. The film succeeding is being entertaining, well done, and at times even vaguely creepy.

The entire cast does a fine job here, especially Randy "Where the hell did my career go?" Quaid playing the police officer, who succeeds in making his character both funny and creepy at the same time.

The screenplay offer more twists and turns than you can shake a stick at, most of which were genuinely surprising. The tension between the characters was also very effective. The characters are mostly well-developed, there were even one or two I actually (gasp!) cared for. Director John Murlowski has done a fine job handling the suspense, and the chase scenes were often exciting.

If you're a fan of the "road terror" sub-genre, you'll probably like this movie. It kept me engaged and entertained for 90+ minutes, and that's pretty much all I asked for. Give it a try.


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