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In The Blues Brothers, we see Carrie Fisher's character seeking revenge on Jake Blues, driving a pink 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix. It seems to have some damage to the front, especially the tip of the bonnet.

A screen shot from The Blues Brothers, featuring Carrie Fisher's character's car, a pink 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix, with damage to its bonnet highlighted by a hand-drawn red circle. It's parked underneath a railway overpass, across a hotel. It's night-time and the street is wet.

How did it get damaged? Was that part of a dropped plotline? Is there another explanation?

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  • Old cars have damage. It might just be the car they elected to use was already damaged.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Aug 3, 2018 at 15:32
  • @Paulie_D The Blues Brothers was filmed in 1978–1980. That model Pontiac Grand Prix was in production from 1970–1977, if I'm correct. So it wasn't necessarily that old — 10 years at the most.
    – SQB
    Commented Aug 3, 2018 at 16:28
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    @SQB - in American English what you call a bonnet is called a hood, which could be useful to know if you ever need damage repaired in the USA.. Commented Aug 3, 2018 at 17:08
  • @Paulie_D looking into it a bit more, this seems to be the 1977 version of the fourth generation model, as can be seen by the square headlights with parking lights between them.
    – SQB
    Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 13:51
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    @PoloHoleSet neither do I, I just looked on Wikipedia and found that that year's model had very distinctive headlights.
    – SQB
    Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 21:57

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There's no in-universe explanation. It was just the sort of car you'd expect a jilted ex-fiance of a bluesman who has a working knowledge of rocket launchers and AR-15's to drive. You wouldn't think she'd have a BMW 5-series, would you? Of course it's been in an accident (or two...), visibly needs some bodywork and is big enough to comfortably store a flamethrower.

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    Do you have any sources to support that?
    – SQB
    Commented Aug 3, 2018 at 16:29
  • Watch her use the AR-15, she definitely doesn't have a working knowledge of it. bizarrely she seems fine with explosives, a flamethrower and the rocket launcher but not the AR, she doesn't even know how to aim it. Commented Aug 6, 2018 at 14:30
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We don't know or care why or how it happens because that's not important. I think it's simply to demonstrate that she's not well-to-do. There are lots of movies where people are seen diving "beater" vehicles. This is no different. They probably thought that kind of damage was, visually, more humorous.

The damage doesn't prevent the car from working, so while others might find driving around in a dinged-up vehicle to be embarrassing, you see a lot more of that in lower income areas because economic reality will trump social and cosmetic concerns that might win out with people with greater means and insurance coverage.

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