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1994 Buick Roadmaster

1994 Buick Roadmaster in The Departed, Movie, 2006 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US

1994 Buick Roadmaster

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

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antp BE

2006-12-10 17:20

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-- Last edit: 2008-04-27 20:52:22 (G-MANN)

philr CA

2006-12-10 19:46

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1994 Roadmaster (the wheels are 1994 and newer and the rear view mirror is 1994 and older)

taxiguy US

2008-04-28 01:26

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Based on the Chevy Caprice

G-MANN UK

2008-04-28 01:31

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I think the rear passenger doors look a bit too short.

taxiguy US

2008-04-28 01:47

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What do you mean? Too short for what?

-- Last edit: 2008-04-28 01:51:01 (G-MANN)

G-MANN UK

2008-04-28 01:50

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Just in the proportional sense, compared to the front doors. Just a comment on the design on this car.

taxiguy US

2008-04-28 01:58

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I've noticed that too on many of these rear-wheel-drive full-size V8 sedans. Specifically the Ford Crown Victoria and Chevrolet Caprice, along with this Roadmaster. In fact I made a comment about it a while back on this shot, where both the back door of a Crown Vic and a Caprice are visible: /vehicle_147688-Ford-Crown-Victoria-P72-1992.html
By the way, not only is the back door too small, but the backseat is quite small too. I've ridden in my Grandma's old 1992 Crown Victoria many times, and let me tell you, for a car that's almost 18 feet long it sure is cramped in the backseat!

-- Last edit: 2008-04-28 01:58:37

jettalover US

2008-04-29 03:51

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What taxiguy and G-Mann are describing about these old fashioned rear wheel drive V-8 sedans is their inefficent space utilization. Perhaps the doors are too short or the rear seat room is too small for the size of the vehicle because of the body & frame layout and the leaf springs this type of vehicle layout used to always have. Maybe trunk were so long because leaf springs take up a lot of space, space that should have went to the back seat. I don't think todays Crown Vic or the Roadmaster have leaf springs though. Instead of the ineficient layout of the CV or Roadmaster a LH car was front wheel drive, unit bodied and had a modern suspension setup. Maybe rear wheel drive eats into the back seat space of the ineficently layed out cars like the CV or Roadmaster.

taxiguy US

2008-04-29 22:52

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Actually I think the sapce utilization problem is due to the fact that these cars have very long hoods and trunks. This is due to style however, not any mechanical reasons that I know of. A long hood and trunk "looks good", although not so much anymore with all these new cars that have huge wheelbases and no overhang like the Chrysler 300

-- Last edit: 2008-04-29 22:53:04

jettalover US

2008-04-30 03:45

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I strongly agree with you Taxiguy about long hoods and trunks looking good. Over the last 5 to 10 years trunk "longness" has/is being killed. The current Sentra and Sebring are some of the worst offenders. Not only does it look ugly, it eliminates any chance of a bulky object fitting through the meager trunk opening. Why Chrysler had to add 7 inches to the LX platform compared to the LH platform makes no sense, in my humble opinion.

matt trakker

2008-10-23 08:13

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Anyone complaining about rear seat entry and space on a Buick Roadmaster has never ridden in one! The rear seat has tons of room.

Random bit of trivia with these- in the main picture, the rear door's window is rolled down completely. On Caprices, you could only roll the back windows down halfway into the door.

I think there may have been several of these cars built for the movie with a hodgepodge of parts. The mirrors are 94 and older, but the car has 95-96 side trim with black rub strips, and no "ROADMASTER" emblems on the quarters. It also appears to have 92-93 taillights, the 94-96 taillights had black stripes going across them.

I think wagons used the black insert side trim, maybe the car's side trim inserts had fallen off and they installed black ones to spruce it up for film use.

movie star AT

2009-12-21 22:42

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I simply love that car, but WHY IN THE WORLD would a mafia boss, who can possibly buy or steal any car he wants, drive a 12-year-old car?????

ford_guy US

2009-12-22 07:32

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Probably as to not attract too much attention. If you noticed, he didn't exactly fit the stereotypical look of a mafia boss. This was evident by the small group of men he actually had, his central location of meeting, and most noticeably, his clothing.

movie star AT

2009-12-22 22:02

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oh alright thanks

Andrew Nicholson EN

2010-08-13 00:23

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I think thsi car belongs to ray winstone in the departed.

ossapart US

2012-07-04 17:05

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ford_guy wrote Probably as to not attract too much attention. If you noticed, he didn't exactly fit the stereotypical look of a mafia boss. This was evident by the small group of men he actually had, his central location of meeting, and most noticeably, his clothing.


In addition, Frank Costello is based on James "Whitey" Bulger. Whitey was known for driving "family cars" as to not draw any attention to himself.

moviecarkevin US

2013-01-05 20:09

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GM B body. Caprice Impala SS Roadmaster Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser. Cadillac Fleetwood was a D body.

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