Sep 18

Buicks in Cinema: A Classic Brand on the Silver Screen

Buick has remained a status symbol for many years, representing refinement and durability. That’s perhaps one reason the brand has been featured in several films over the years. From classics like Rain Man (1988) to more recent flicks like La La Land (2016), you’ll find several Buicks in cinema.

The Academy-Award winning film Rain Man in many ways revolves around the automotive world. Charlie (Tom Cruise) sells luxury cars for a living; he travels on the road with his autistic brother, Raymond (Dustin Hoffman); Charlie inherits his father’s car, an important gesture. The 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible at the heart of Rain Man is more than just an inheritance—it’s one of the few things that tangibly links the estranged brothers to their past.

According to The News Wheel, you can also spot another Buick Roadmaster in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed (2006). The maroon-colored luxury car suits the mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) in a way that no other car can. Perhaps because of the refinement of Buick models, they feature prominently in many other gangster flicks like The Untouchables (1987) and Road to Perdition (2002).

Finally, a Buick pops off the screen in the recent La La Land (2016), a film that creates a modern take on the classic musical genre. A 1982 Buick Riviera appears while Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is stuck in traffic shortly before a musical number breaks out, and the car also features prominently whenever Sebastian arrives at the home of Mia (Emma Stone), as he honks the horn loudly.

Buicks are everywhere on the Silver Screen, but you can see them in person at Danny Len Buick GMC. Plan your test drive today.

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