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Jeep Wrangler in Hollywood

Updated on July 24, 2015

The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most featured vehicles and a cult favorite in entertainment. It's featured in tons of movies and leaves quite a memorable legacy and could practically be considered as the star of the show. Some of the most popular, award winning movies have Jeep Wranglers as the frontrunner vehicle and for good reason. The Wrangler is a tough vehicle that can traverse through all kinds of terrain and withstand practically all conditions, making it an American classic.

One of the most revered cult classics is the Jurassic Park series spanning from 1993 and features a ton of cars. Probably one of the most memorable cars in Jurassic Park is none other than the Jeep Wrangler. The Wrangler is probably one of the most suited cars for the premise of this movie, as the characters have to traverse through completely uncharted terrain to study the dinosaurs they have cloned. In the latest installment of the series, "Jurassic World," the vintage Jeep Wrangler makes an appearance as a throwback tribute to the first movie of the series. Perhaps one of the most famous Wranglers in the franchise is Jeep 29. Jeep 29 was first introduced in the first installment as used by the InGen as a staff vehicle. It was abandoned after the incident where the scientists had to narrowly escape being eaten by the dinosaurs, but became a nostalgic surprise when two of the younger characters in the new Jurassic World discovered the 1993 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Limited Edition Rubicon among the dilapidated ruins nearly 22 years later. The children, Zach and Gray Mitchell manage to repair the Wrangler by using a battery from a destroyed maintenance vehicle.

What does this sort of depiction mean for the Jeep Wrangler? The Jeep Wrangler is clearly quite a long lasting vehicle that can apparently endure two incidences of catastrophic events. The fact that the Wrangler was able to be resuscitated after two decades really attests to the fandom and the cult following that the Wrangler commands.

The "Tomb Raider" movie also features the Jeep Wrangler and remains one of the most popular films today. The lead, Lara Croft, utilizes the powerful car in order to recover ancient artifacts and survive. The Tomb Raider movie features a 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Tomb Raider Edition, which is one of the extremely coveted limited edition models used for the movie. The Rubicon Tomb Raider Edition was a very rare and limited version of with about a thousand vehicles that were built to promote the movie. It had the Rubicon body, 16-inch Alcoa aluminum wheels, and an array of Tomb Raider badges. The red seats as well as the Tomb Raider serial number match the one seen in the movie. The unique styling makes it one of the most highly collectible Jeeps.

"Back to the Future" is also quite a cult classic that's a trilogy to boot. The movie involves ample time travel and plenty of cameos from the Jeep Wrangler. One of the most memorable scenes was when Marty McFly hitches a ride to school while he's clinging onto the back of the Jeep and riding his skateboard at the same time. This scene has become quite iconic and features a 1985 Jeep Wrangler CJ-7. Marty McFly is then transported into the future to October 21, 2015 where he ends up grabbing a rope on a futuristic looking Jeep.

What's extremely ironic is that the futuristic Jeep featured in 2015 movie year is the Jeep Wrangler YJ is no longer in production. This means that the flying Jeep in the movie is simply not foreseeable in the near future. However, the fact that the Wrangler is depicted over a supposed 30-year time span is very telling how people feel about the car. People seem to have very high regard for the American classic that they imagine all sorts of possible scenarios and incorporate the Wrangler way into the future.

With so many incidences of the Jeep Wrangler taking the lead in some of the most famous Hollywood movies of all time, it's quite obvious how much the Wrangler means to the American culture as a whole. There is no doubt that the Wrangler will continue to amaze and evolve into more than a classic.

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