The CJ-3B in the Movies


A Jeep CJ-3B is a fairly unusual sight in Hollywood films, usually limited to brief cameo appearances. The best ones are probably Good Morning Vietnam (1987) and Riders to the Stars (1954). But the biggest roles for the CJ-3B have been in films from around the world, like Scent of Vengeance (Spain, 1995), Children of Nature (Iceland, 1991), Dharmatma (India, 1975), and I Hate But Love (Japan, 1962).

Colonia (2015) -- hanging out with the stars on location in Buenos Aires.

Hellfighters (1968) -- John Wayne's Jeep (seen in the background of this page).

Che (2008) -- variety of Jeeps used by Che Guevara and his killers.

Julie (1956) -- airport fire Jeep.

Riders to the Stars (1954) -- CJ-3B joins the space race.

Johnny Dark (1954) -- CJ-3B and Aero Willys.

Black Mama White Mama (1973) -- Jeeps and chains.

Children of Nature (Iceland, 1991) -- beautiful Jeep and scenery.

Hatari! (1962) -- lots of Jeeps, but the CJ-3B is left on the cutting room floor.

Scent of Vengeance (Spain, 1995) -- the ultimate CJ-3B film?

Wild Horses (Argentina, 1995) -- on the run in a CJ-3B.

Bajo Bandera (Argentina, 1997) -- Argentine Army Jeeps.

Havana (1990) -- Jeep and a Cadillac.

Sahara (2005) -- old and new sand-colored Jeeps.

Bacurau (Brazil, 2019) -- weird movie that won the Jury Prize at Cannes.

Ocean's 11 (1960) -- Sheriff's Department Jeep Posse.

NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2015) -- TV episode.

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) and Octopussy (1983) -- CJ-007.

Cry for Happy (1961) -- Navy Jeep in the movies.

Flight of the Phoenix (2004) -- some Flying Boxcar history.

The Worst Car in the World? (UK, 2013) -- on TV's Top Gear.

I Hate But Love (Japan, 1962) -- kooky Jeep road movie.

Virus (Japan, 1980) -- Mitsubishi military Jeeps.

The Amazing Race (2008) -- Mitsubishi Jeep on TV.

Godzilla (Japan, 1964-1999) -- movies so bad they're good.

Gamera (Japan, 1965-1995) -- the flying, fire-breathing giant turtle.

Ultraman Leo (Japan, 1974) -- Monster Attack Jeep toy from 1970s TV show.

G.I. Samurai (Japan, 1979) -- time-travelling Jeep attacked by samurai warriors.

Dharmatma (India, 1975) -- tragic Willys romance in Afghanistan.

Septem8er Tapes (2004) -- chasing Bin Laden in a high hood.

Ezhunnallathu (India, 1991) -- classic Jeep, not-so-classic movie.

Alluda Mazaaka (India, 1995) -- wild Mahindra Jeep stunts.

Road, Movie (India, 2009) and Mother Teresa (1997) -- more Jeeps in India.

Bandit Queen (India, 1994) -- Mahindra police Jeeps.

Aradhana (India, 1969) -- love song in a Jeep.

More Bollywood Jeep Songs -- there are a lot of them.

I'm For the Hippopotamus (Italy, 1979) -- CJ-3A and 3B on safari.

Patton (1970), The McKenzie Break (1970) and PT109 (1963) -- 3Bs as MBs.

Blondi, Hitler's Dog (Spain, 2012) -- Willys-Viasa CJ-3B plays an MB.

Dark of the Sun (UK, 1968) -- UN peacekeeping Jeep.

Welcome 2 Karachi (2015) -- Indian comedy shot in the UK.

Geisha Boy (1958) -- baggage loader Jeep at LAX.

Blue Hawaii (1961) and In God's Hands (1998) -- catch a wave (or a Jeep).

Fire on the Amazon (2000) -- Sandra Bullock.

Machete! (1958) -- B-Jeep in a B-Movie.

Dante's Peak (1997) and The Lords of Discipline (1983) -- cameo roles.

El Rey (Colombia, 2004) -- early days of the drug war.

Playing With Fire (Colombia, 2019) -- Jeeps add Colombian flavor to a soap opera..

The Black Pimpernel (Sweden, 2007) -- true story from Chile.

Good Morning Vietnam (1987) -- CJ-3B as Armed Forces Radio vehicle.

A Bright Shining Lie (1998) -- Jeeps in Vietnam.

Platoon (1986) -- CJ3B-J4 with sandbags.

Air America (1990) -- two M606s in Laos.

The Deer Hunter (1978) and The Killing Fields (1984) -- Vietnam and Cambodia

Missing in Action (1984) -- Chuck Norris.

Bananas (1971) -- Woody Allen rents a Jeep.

3 Women (1977) -- can women drive Jeeps?

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Contact (1997) -- 3B phone home.

Jonny Quest (1964) -- the classic animated TV series.

Curious George  Downunder in a CJ-3B -- the monkey goes on a Jeep safari.

Gorillas in the Mist (1988) and The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) -- movies in Africa.

Cops in CJ-3Bs in the Movies -- police Jeeps around the world.

Picnic (1955) and The Long Hot Summer (1958) -- Jeep soap operas.

Topkapi (1964) and When Father Was Away on Business (Yugoslavia, 1985) -- more cameos.

If you spot a CJ-3B on the screen in other films, please drop me a line. -- Derek Redmond

Also on CJ3B.info, see some DJ-3A Surrey Jeeps in the Movies.

Elsewhere on the web, see the Internet Movie Cars Database for all kinds of Jeeps in the movies.

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