One film sparked a massive franchise and brought the tuner world to light
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In 2001, a film called The Fast and the Furious hit theaters. It wound up being a standard heist film, but it showed the world of underground tuner racing in a way never before seen.
It was insanely popular. The film — starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker — was loaded with import vehicles. Though Diesel finishes the film driving a classic Dodge Charger, the hero car of the film is a bright orange Toyota Supra.
As we said, the film is basically a heist movie. Diesel and his crew are thieves and Walker played the cop trying to apprehend them. There’s some decent stunt driving.
But this is the only film on our monthlong list that inspired a huge franchise. Eight movies have been released so far, with at least two more (not including a spin-off film and a Netflix series) on the way.1 comment