Cadillacs In Movies and Culture

Cadillacs have featured prominently in our American history, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its use in television, film, and in song. People located near the Cadillac dealership Southborough may appreciate this list of notable Cadillac appearances in American culture.

Back to the Future

In this movie, Marty McFly is accidentally transported from 1985 to 1955. In order to get back to the future, he needs to be driving 88 miles per hour when a bolt of lightning hits the town’s clock tower at precisely 10:04 p.m. on November the 10th. This is because he needs 1.21 jigawatts of power for the time machine to function, and in 1955, the only thing powerful enough to do this is a bolt of lightning. Dr. Emmett Brown builds a scale model of the town, including the route Marty will need to take, in order to test this plan and to get Marty back home.  He uses a red toy 1950 Series 62 Cadillac to demonstrate the effect of the lightning bolt, and the car catches fire.

Later in the film, Marty is locked in the trunk of a 1948 Cadillac Series 61, and the guitarist and singer of the Starlighters cuts his hand while trying to get him out. Marty has no choice but to fill in for him by singing and playing with the band during the school dance. This is when his parents kiss for the first time, and the mistakes Marty made by interfering in the past are sorted out.

American Graffiti

Throughout this film, teenager John Milner rides around in his 1932 yellow Ford Deuce Coupe with a friend’s younger sister. He mostly tolerates his annoying passenger who always feels left out by her older sister and their friends. In a famous scene, they get out at a stoplight and cover a car full of high school girls with shaving cream, covering the windows and doors. The car is a white 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. Milner lets the air out of their tires before he and his cohort get back into the Deuce Coupe and drive away.

Cadillac Ranch

On Route 66 in Arizona is a display of Cadillacs standing straight up in the air with their noses in the ground. It is an art piece that is designed to display the era of Cadillacs that incorporated the tail fin, from 1949 until 1963. The cars have been brightly painted in colors that make them look uniformly tie-dyed with graffiti. The setup was constructed in 1974, and it attracts visitors from across the country every year.

Cadillacs have featured prominently in other films like Crybaby and The Lords of Dogtown, as they are an important part of American history and culture. Head over to your local Cadillac dealership Southborough today to peruse the selection of new Cadillac models.