Most avid car people would know the name John DeLorean and his car the DMC (standing for DeLorean Motor Company), while many avid film buffs would know the name due to the DeLorean Time Machine, which alongside Michael J Fox, was one of the stars of the ‘Back to the Future’ movie Trilogy.
This trailer from 1985 may bring back some memories:
‘Back to the Future’ became one of the iconic movies from the 80’s, however many wondered why a factual movie had not been made about John DeLorean himself, that was until 2019 when the documentary film ‘Framing John DeLorean’ starring Alec Baldwin was released. Now available on Netflix, it’s a combination of actual vision with re-enactments, and it’s not to be confused with the 2018 movie ‘Driven’ which was only very loosely based on John DeLorean and his troubles with the Law.
Very briefly, John DeLorean was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1925 and it’s no surprise that he studied engineering and worked in the car manufacturing industry.
He managed the development of many vehicles firstly at Chrysler and then General Motors where he became the youngest division head in the company’s history. DeLorean was not your typical car company executive, he was young, frequently travelled around the world to support promotional events and his many public appearances fed his profile as a “rebel” corporate businessman with his trendy dress style and charisma.
In 1973 when at the peak of his career John DeLorean left General Motors to start his own company, the DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) and one could say this is where his good luck changed.
Rather than being a spoiler, here’s the trailer to ‘Framing John DeLorean’ and if you get a chance, have a look at the movie on Netflix.
After a life that did eventually initiate a Hollywood movie, this 1988 Detroit Channel 2 interview with John DeLorean gives an interesting insight into the man: