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Usually deployed in any movie which involves a character placing or retrieving something in the trunk (boot, if you're using British English) of a car. POV will usually be from within the trunk looking up at the character opening it.
Popularised by Quentin Tarantino who has a Trunk Shot in all of his films.
See Punk in the Trunk for one of the ways this shot can be used.
Notable films that feature this trope:
- He Walked By Night : Credited with being the first film to use this trope.
- Every Quentin Tarantino movie ever:
- Grand Theft Auto Vice City gives us this as a Shout-Out to Pulp Fiction, just before Lance and Tommy lay siege to Ricardo Diaz's estate.
- Laid to Rest
- Meet the Robinsons. A Shout-Out to Tarantino in a Disney film. With frogs.
- Hot Fuzz. Also an intentional Shout-Out. Ta da.
Also found in:
- The Gift. Annie and Buddy put an conscious Collin in Buddy's trunk when Annie shuts it.
- Supernatural -- the Winchesters keep their weapons in the trunk, and so represents their "family business." The last shot of the pilot is a dramatic trunk shot with the trunk slamming shut serving as a cut to black. Also an example of Book Ends, as season 2 ends with the exact same shot, and line ("Let's get to work.").
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia uses this trope in "Paddy's Pub: The Worst Bar in Philadelphia" Given the context, it may be an additional shout-out to Tartatino's films in general
- Life On Mars: Gene Hunt does this to Sam Tyler at least once.
- Pilot episode of The Streets of San Francisco (1972) contains one near the end of an episode, when Stone, Keller and Malone find a chest with victim's belongings.