The Neon Ceiling is a 1970’s drama starring Lee Grant,Denise Nickerson, and Gig Young. Grantplays a housewife and Nickerson is her teenage daughter. They run away from home. They find a desert café owned by a crusty recluseplayed by Gig Young. Their first meetingis anything but good. So Grant andNickerson return to Grant’s car (I don’t know the make). They get in, and you guessed it, the carrefuses to start. This is a crankingscene with dialog and lots of different shots. It is a long cranking scene. Themovie is actually very well-acted and highly regarded.
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The best movie car stuck scene that I have encountered wasfrom a 1967 crime drama starring Darren McGavin and Shirley Knight. McGavin plays a private eye named Ross. Knight and her boyfriend play thevillains. Near the end of the movie theypush McGavin’s car down a steep incline that ends in a cliff. The unconscious Ross recovers just in time toleap out of the car as it goes over the cliff.
Seeing this, Knight’s boyfriend climbs down the steep hillwith the intention of killing McGavin. As he stands poised above the private eye with a large rock in his handto deliver the fatal blow, McGavin pulls a gun from an ankle holster and killshim.
Knight who has seen this hops into her car, starts theengine, and drives past the edge of the embankment to get away. Ross begins to climb up the hill. Just as you think that the pretty lady isgetting away, you hear the car’s wheals begin to spin a couple of times.
The next shots come from the car where Knight is giving itall the gas she can. She rocks it backand forth in a futile effort to get away. There are lots of good shots inside and outside the car.
I have not found how to get either movie, but they are twoof the best that I have seen.