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1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera in Fargo, Movie, 1996 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US

1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

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

Comments about this vehicle


Saturn Simon UK

2005-12-17 13:00

Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

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Another one (or two):

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-- Last edit: 2013-10-25 18:34:17 (G-MANN)

cieraguy US

2006-08-29 03:05

A 1987 model

Eddie Stockman US

2007-08-02 21:28

There it is, there's the tan Ciera!

taxiguy US

2007-12-09 00:35

How come most of the cars in this movie are Oldsmobiles?

Bravada PL

2007-12-09 00:59

There is some weird rationale, as usual for Cohens, but I forgot it. The fact that Oldsmobiles became the staples of rental fleets could have also had its influence.

Bravada PL

2007-12-09 01:01

Oh, and the movie is about an Oldsmobile salesman (among others, but he is the character that starts the whole plot) - still, there is a reason for which he is an Oldsmobile salesman (and not a salesman for another brand), but I've forgotten it :(


2007-12-09 01:33

Is it because Oldsmobile was a bit of a drab, middle-of-the-road, Mr Average brand (like Rover became in the UK) at that time? Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) was supposed to be a hapless loser, if he sold Porsches that wouldn't really fit, would it?

ford_guy US

2007-12-09 01:39

Basically, I think you got it G-MANN :D


2007-12-09 01:55

After Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) finally gets back to the cabin with the ransom money:

Carl Showalter: Now I'll take the car, you can have my truck.
Gaer Grimsrud (Peter Stormare): We split the car.
Carl Showalter: How do you split a car, ya dummy? With a chainsaw?!
Gaer Grimsrud: One of us pays the other for half.

Bravada PL

2007-12-09 10:39

Another hint from IMDb's goofs page:

Factual errors: The Olds Cutlass Ciera models shown in the car showroom are mid 90's models according to the trim pieces on them, and were possibly taken off of a real showroom floor during filming as brand new cars, 1996 was the last year these cars were in production but they still looked similar to 1980s models.

mmp151 US

2010-04-08 05:45

Quick question - does anyone have an 87 Cutlass Ciera as pictured above? If so is it for sale? My parents used to have this car - I totaled it ages ago - I'm trying to find one to restore it for them. I want to give it to them for their anniversary. Please HELP! Contact me @ mihirm.patel@gmail.com if you have one!

Andrew Nicholson EN

2010-09-19 17:51

It's a Nice looking car great colour :)

jaym8377 US

2011-05-28 16:07

The cars are all Oldsmobiles for a few reasons I'd guess.
1) The movie is based on a true story. Perhaps in actual events, Jerry was an Oldsmobile salesman and so they wanted to stay true to the story.
2) In many movies, they often sign deals with one particular car manufacturer to supply all the cars on the roads of the set. In Batman Returns, you'll notice a big majority of the cars are Volkswagens. In Superstar, all the cars are Volkswagen New Beetles. I'm sure Oldsmobile paid a good chunk of cash to have their cars featured in this.
3) Because he's an Olds dealer, it would make sense that he and everyone he knows would drive one.

I personally loved the Oldsmobiles of the 80's. My parents owned a 1986 Ninety Eight. Very comfortable car!

jason_lemur US

2012-01-11 04:38

"How come most of the cars in this movie are Oldsmobiles?"

It's simply because Jerry Lundegaard is the manager of an Oldsmobile dealership and thus drives one as a company car courtesy of the dealership unless he bought it himself. His father-in-law owns the dealership, and he drives one too. They both drive 98's (luxury car). And Jerry gives a Cutlass Ciera to the kidnappers he's plotting with.

It could easily have been another brand of car -- Buick, Pontiac, etc.. My wife worked at an Oldsmobile dealership for years, and she bought all Oldsmobiles over the course of the 10 years she worked there. When you work for a dealership that sells a particular brand, you want to own/drive that brand because you get a deep discount on the purchase price, can get it serviced right there, discounted parts, loyalty to the brand that gives you a paycheck, etc..

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sobchaksecurity US

2012-01-20 06:54

"1) The movie is based on a true story. Perhaps in actual events, Jerry was an Oldsmobile salesman and so they wanted to stay true to the story."

The movie is not based on a true story at all. That disclaimer at the beginning is supposed to be some dark Coens humor, I'd guess their homage to the tongue-in-cheek statement at the beginning of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

I do remember them saying that they added the disclaimer so that the audience would not be too aghast at the gruesome violence in the movie (and there are some disturbing scenes here), as if people didn't mind the violence if it really happened.

portacker US

2012-10-05 03:29

Love the way that Jerry uses the lowest level car line (Ciera) as a payment to the kidnappers, but drives a upscale 98 himself!

59caddy US

2013-02-03 22:28

I don't know whether anyone noticed that the Ciera changed from a 1987/1988 to a 1989 or later a number of times throughout the film. The earlier style car had smaller rectangular taillights; the later model had larger square taillight lens design.

Just a couple of observations:

The film was set in the late 1980s when Oldsmobile production was at its peak- therefore a highly successful franchise at the time. Since the dealership was owned by Wade Gustafson who was a successful businessman, it is consistent that such an enterprise would be held by the likes of this character. It has nothing to do with Oldsmobile being an "older person's car".

Wade & Jerry both drove the flagship 98 Regency model but Wade's car was one step above- the 98 Regency Brougham (black) which serves to underscore his character's position of power. (Jerry should really have gotten a Delta 88.)

The story is not factual. However the individual events of the story did occur- individually and at different times and places by different people. The events were blended as the basis of the storyline.

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police car fan NL

2014-04-29 15:15

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Wyomingite19 US

2017-10-30 13:23



2021-05-30 01:56

I think it should be Five-Star, since it was part of the deal. Is it a Four-Star because it's a sedan, not a sports car?

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Baube QC

2021-05-30 02:06

JE77 wrote Is it a Four-Star because it's a sedan, not a sports car?

Class and type has nothing to do with the star rating .. ;)

-- Last edit: 2021-05-30 02:06:52

midnight US

2021-05-30 02:13

The 4 star and 5 star rating can be tricky. I don't think the Mustang should be five stars in Bullitt because it's just a car the main character happens to be driving. Whereas General Lee not only has a name but can have impossible leaps across gaps and has a deeper connection to the main characters because of this. There are some on this site that say the 5 star rating is because the vehicle is iconic, like the Bullitt Mustang because of the long chase. To me the Mustang has no deeper connection with the main character and just happens to be the car he's driving and should have a 4 star rating.

Baube QC

2021-05-30 02:20

same goes for Bumblebee in the Transformers cartoons ( the original ones )
in that specific episode he gets a 3-stars rating but he is probably the most known after Optimus Prime & Megatron ( ok, we can add Starscream to the mix )
for his importance in the series to me he should have at least a 4-stars one


2021-05-31 11:08

Ok, I agree, but I think, since the car was apart of the deal. that Jerry made with the two guys and Steve Buscemi's character that's killed over it, I thought five stars could have work, since It has the same role as the Trans Am in Smokey and the Bandit, aside it's not an blocker or been chased by the police, but it was used in a chase. It mot as popular as the Trans Am or Bullitt's Mustang, but it sure is iconic in a sense, it's the most well=know Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera in cinema, or maybe it's the one in Reindeer Games, Could of be as well and thank both of you for the help. And maybe, it's because I want to see more old everyday vehicles with the five-star rating, anyway thanks again.

PS, sorry for the long post.

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