Compare to Photo of Actual Car
Which can be found at http://pro.corbis.com/search/searchFrame.asp (enter "Rafael Trujillo Car" into the search box). I don't think El Jefe's was a '57 (though '57 was the hansomnest Chevy ever). Also, the garish winged dragon hood ornament and hood-mounted double horns are missing. Unusual for Hollywood, I think Trujillo's real car got it worse than the one in the filming.
Last edited by Porfio_Rubirosa; 11-28-2004 at 11:52 PM.
You look so serene in pic 3 & happy in pic 4 to be sitting in a car riddled with bullet holes! Where is the bathos? Where is the drama, I ask myself? Almost should have a caption 'Happy Brit tourist drives streets of Santo Domingo, DR'. Go on, sell it to the Sun or Daily Mail & see if they fall for it!
Winged dragon hood ornament? I've never heard of that being on Trujillo's car. (I believe you.) Was that something Trujillo ordered made for the car or was that a dealer option?
Does anyone have a photo of the hood ornament up close?
You're right, El Jefe's car was shot up much, much worse.
Last edited by Ogre of the Caribbean; 11-29-2004 at 01:39 AM.
The art dept researched the original fairly well. There was some discussion about the horns and dragon, I believe. Every source I've read mentions it being a 1957.
Originally Posted by Porfio_Rubirosa
I think there was a second car in far worse condition used for the later scenes. More than one person has commented on the 'painted' bullet holes: we'll have to see how it all ends up looking when the film comes out.
If I had thought about it I would have dressed up for the occasion: lipstick and a 50s style headscarf. Problem is, I always end up looking more like Hilda Ogden than Ava Gardner!
Originally Posted by Lambada
I don't think I'll take up your suggestion. The last time a member of my family appeared in the Sun was in 1979 when they inaugurated the nudist beach in Brighton. My cousin appears on the front page in her birthday suit. That was 25 years ago!
PS The hood ornament was a swan, not a dragon. It's possible the second car had it and the editing will take car of this.
Replicas of the horns were mounted on the car for the filming.
I think you're right. I let this source (http://www.normangall.com/dominicanr_art2.htm) rather than my knowledge of cars mislead me. The '59 Chevolet referenced in the article was dramatically different in appearance.
Originally Posted by Chirimoya
I must say, by sticking with the '57 over newer models, Trujillo, for perhaps the only time, exhibited some real style.
Always wondered why he didn't have a Cadillac, though.
It was a 57 Chevy with big horns in the front.
I was 12 years old when Trujillo was assasinated and clearly remember the car being a 57 pretty much the same color combination as the one in the pics. There were a lot more bullet holes in the actual car.
Trujillo had plenty of heavy limousines of all types but on these weekly trips to his hometown to see his mistresses he would go in a regular car with a chauffeur and no escort. Pretty dumb even though he had total control of the entire country.
I remember growing up in La Vega and his occasional pass-by my house, right on the main highway, with motorcycle escorts and big heavy cadillac limousines with the big horns and huge red light with siren. My mom would go in front of the house to wave at him and he would wave back but my dad, a Fidel Castro admirer who would stay up listening to Radio Rebelde from Cuba, despised Trujillo and got angry with my mom for waving and applauding him when he went by.
Last edited by Berzin; 10-08-2008 at 04:29 AM.
On the photography web page provided on this thread i found a small note(which i can't locate now) that said Trujillo's car had 60 bullet holes in it.
After the Trujillo family fled the country, the car was bought by a retired army sergeant that had the car painted blue and turned into a taxi cab.
Years later, the car was scrapped.
Berhard Diedreich's book, "Death of the Goat" has many details on the car.
I didn't see the movie, but
Unless the movie goes like this, it is utterly fiction:
Trujillo, a man with guts, unlike some of today's over-protected government officials, would normally visit his mistresses alone with his driver and no escorts. His gun and balls gave him protection. Government traitors like Imbert Barreras and Antonio De La Maza knew this. They planned to intercept El Jefe on one of those nights. Imbert Barreras approached his car and shot from the window with a shotgun and wounded Trujillo mortally in his shoulder. The wound was big enough to bleed Trujillo to death. But not without Trujillo putting up a fight. He fought till the end by himself, as his driver was incapacitated. He fired as many shots as were fired to him. When he finally fell, Barreras gave him the final shot in the head.
None of these so called heroes would have been courageous enough to take on a head on duel with Trujillo the old way. Trujillo would have killed them one by one with just his courage and "bad attitude". It took a cowardly attempt to kill him. Trujillo was no saint, but any one of our last three presidents was more corrupt. With the exception of Juan Bosch, I would take Trujillo over any of our past presidents in the last 40 years.
Spoken like someone who still loves his caudillos. But, despite the well-known caudillo affection in the DR, I'm not sure I know of anyone other than Golo who loved both Trujillo and Bosch.
Originally Posted by Golo100
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