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User currently offlineARGinLON From Vatican City, joined Jun 2005, 614 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 months 22 hours ago) and read 6782 times:

Is this has been discussed recently please guide me to the topic.

I was wondering how airlines negotiate with Movie studios when they get mentioned/featured in films.

Does this works as pure advertising?

This came to my mind since over the weekend I watched a little bit of "Reality Bites" and CO was all over the place (understandable since the movie takes place in Houston)/ They are other examples like "The Terminal" (UA).

I also remember Russell Crowe laying in BA's First on a 772 in "Proof of life" .

Any other obvious ones?

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User currently offlineCV580Freak From Bahrain, joined Jul 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 6743 times:

FedEx in Castaway was a great advertising film appearance.


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User currently offlineMFEFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 367 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 6723 times:

Also on the Home Alone movies, AA was featured, in fact I have the VHS version of Home Alone 2, and it Promotes AA as some sort of a sponsor or something related, before the movie starts.


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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4659 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 6687 times:

TWA is featured in heaps and heaps of films - and I heard that the reason behind it was that all the stars etc liked to fly TWA.

Pan Am is too - I remember it in the National Lampoons European Vacation.

Trent.



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User currently offlineOzglobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2732 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 6685 times:

Dustin Hoffman's plug for Qantas in "Rain Man" as the world's 'safest' airline...


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User currently offlineARGinLON From Vatican City, joined Jun 2005, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 6655 times:

Quoting Ozglobal (Reply 4):
Dustin Hoffman's plug for Qantas in "Rain Man" as the world's 'safest' airline

You are right. In the film he says something like "QF is the only airline that never had an accident" or something like that.


User currently offlineDogfighter2111 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1968 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 6650 times:

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 3):

There was an episode of 'Murder She Wrote' where she flew from JFK-CDG on Pan Am. There were loads of scenes with Pan Am in it and the full 1 hour episode was aboard this Pan Am B747-100.

Thanks
Mike


User currently offlineJuventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 6644 times:

'Get Shorty' with John Travolta, takes place at LAX. Nice take of a Mexicana A320 landing.

User currently offlineBCA2005 From India, joined Sep 2005, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 6635 times:

Air India several times in Bollywood movies  Smile

User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6117 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 6601 times:

Might I recommend Three Guys Named Mike (1951)?

It's got lots of good shots, and is fairly accurate for the time.



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User currently offlineJeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 6569 times:
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John Goodman's "King Ralph" had some very nice shots of a BA 747-200 taking off and landing.


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User currently offlineN234NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 6509 times:
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UA in 'The Terminal'. There's a few nice shots of a UA 747-400 taxiing.

User currently offlineHawk44 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 759 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 6484 times:

UA in the terminal
PA in Catch Me If You Can along with TWA
AA in Home alone movies
NW in NRT in Black Rain, Michael Douglas actually is running around the 747
BA and PA were frequently shown in some of the James Bond movies
And a few airlines are mentioned in Pushing Tin

Hawk44



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User currently offlineAntiuser From Italy, joined May 2004, 657 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 18 hours ago) and read 6388 times:

TW, of course, is all over the place in The Aviator.


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User currently offlineAirWest From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 17 hours ago) and read 6374 times:

NW is in "North by Northwest," with Cary Grant, shows Grant walking across the ramp with a large four engine prop plane in the background, I can't remember if it is a DC-6, DC-7 or a Connie. NW is also in "The Firm," a DC-9 and a NW gate at MEM is shown.

User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9798 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 17 hours ago) and read 6363 times:

There is a difference between advertising and using an airline's name for real reasons. In movies like the Terminal and Castaway, UA and FX paid big bucks to be featured. Movie studios do this all the time. Have you noticed how many times you see a Coke or Pepsi bottle in movies blatantly placed with the label to the camera? These are typical contracts that help aid in funding movies.

However when you see Pan Am and TWA in movies like the Aviator, then that is not advertising. The movie likely paid the owners of the Pan Am and TWA brands to use it in the movie since it was essential to the plot.

Also you will see a lot of airplanes in movies where the logos are edited out. This is because other than clothing, you usually have to pay to use the logo of a company in a movie or tv show. Or sometimes the movie production companies will try to seek compensation for showing logos, and companies are often not willing to be shown. In every airplane disaster movie, it is always a fake airline name, since no airline wants to be seen in that light, and usually all the other planes that the fake airplane is taxing around have their logos blanked out even though it is often easy to tell which airline it is based on the livery since it is stock footage.



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User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 17 hours ago) and read 6324 times:

British Airways in Mission Impossible 1. Towards the end of the film, Tom Cruise is on a BA744, First Class - he is approached by cabin crew, asking him which film he would like to see!

User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1446 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 17 hours ago) and read 6317 times:

Formula 51 with Samuel L. Jackson, had him fly on a nice VIRGIN. I wonder how much Sir. R.B paid for that.  Smile


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User currently offlineManchesteruk From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 17 hours ago) and read 6307 times:

tower air is featured quite a bit in liar liar, also whiich airport is that film filmed?

User currently offlineXXXX10 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 777 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 17 hours ago) and read 6300 times:

What about Casablanca, the Air France DC3 ?

User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 6270 times:

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 15):
In every airplane disaster movie, it is always a fake airline name

Except in "Castaway"....unusual use of a real airline: FedEx.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 9):
Might I recommend Three Guys Named Mike (1951)?

It's got lots of good shots, and is fairly accurate for the time.

I might add; the film is highly regarded by aviation historians.

"Bullitt", while considered highly for it's car chase scenes...has as equally entertaining chase scenes; but on foot, throughout the taxiways, runways, and terminals of SFO (circa 1968). Exciting to watch McQueen run under a passing PanAM 707.



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User currently offlineFoxDelta From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 6244 times:

In one of the movies from the saga Rocky, a TWA L1011 is seen on approach.

Cheers  airplane 


User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 6225 times:

A lot of Bond movies featured Pan AM as James Bond airline of choice. There were a few others but Pan AM stands out.
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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13192 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 6219 times:

Sometimes, airlines (like other products) allow the use of their logos, name, equipment for a small rights fee as a form of advertising for them. Sometimes the placing company has to pay to be in the film or program. This has become controversial over the years, especially with cigarettes, alcoholic beverages and other products.
One of the most unusual references to an Airline in a film has to be in '2001 A Space Odyssey' where commercial aircraft flight into space are operated by Pan Am. About the time of the movie's release, Pan Am was selling slots for flights to the Moon as a publicity stunt. Of course, they would cease to exist in it's original form about 10 years short of 2001.


User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 6219 times:

BA in 'A Fish called Wanda'...

25 Soups : Bride and Prejudice--> BA The Guru---> Air India (at the begining)
26 Zkojh : Lufthansa in 'Euro Trip' and think delta came up too, tho going to have to watch it again, oh and 'Soul Plane' seeing my best airline in it , Air New
27 ARGinLON : Does anybody remember the saga Emmanuelle? She would tell her sex stories to her partner in the First Class cabin of a French Airline (I can't remembe
28 Faenum : Released in 1966 and sometimes shown on BBC TV, "That Riviera Touch" starring British comedians Morecambe and Wise. They were featured taking their ca
29 Thowman : Well, the one that stick in my mind is also a Bond movie, Moonraker, I believe. It's basically where there is a fight in an ambulance somewhere near R
30 Milesrich : United - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner; The Graduate; and the original The Out of Towners with Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis; Advise and Consent; just t
31 Ckfred : I think AA was also the airline shown in "Up Close and Personal." A friend of mine is a pilot with AA. The scenes inside the Reno/Lake Tahoe airport w
32 ToTheStars : I remember a movie with Candace Bergen and Jackie Bisset called "Rich and Famous" that had a scene of Jackie Bisset joining the mile high club in the
33 Homer71 : As for the Bond flicks (off the top of my head): Dr. No - PA 707 Goldfinger - Carvair (can't remember which airline) Diamonds are Forever - LH 707(?)
34 SparkingWave : There was a PA 747 featured in "Hook" the Robin Hood movie by Steven Spielberg back in December 1991. What was incredibly ironic and poignant about th
35 Tommy767 : Eastern has some great publicity in "Ernest Saves Christmas." This was made in 1988 and Santa arrives on an EA L1011. United was also featured in the
36 Tommy767 : Also "Midnight Run" had TWA with Charles Grodin and Robert DeNiro.
37 Willbdsp : In the movie 'Only You' (1994) starring Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr, and Bonnie Hunt, it features not only both TWA and Alitalia airlines but also
38 3204ever : Sterling Airways in Olsenbanden...He He
39 Post contains images Kaneporta1 : I'm surprised no one has mentioned Oceanic Airways yet. They've been featured in a couple of movies but they must have a very poor safety record.
40 Post contains images Brokenrecord : Try the "Peter Pan" movie.
41 YOWza : As far as TV goes I know there was some rather tasteless promotion of AA on "The OC" last season. I watched it with my girlfriend and there is this bi
42 Bmacleod : Meg Ryan flew AC to Paris in "French Kiss" Micheal Douglas also flew an AC L1011 to YUL in 1979s "Running". Kevin Costner is holding a TWA ticket in "
43 Post contains images Vasu : I've seen some newish bollywood films that show BA 747-100s and the like
44 Post contains links Stirling : Has anyone seen "Boeing (707), Boeing (707)"? I only just recently became aware of this film about airline schedule (imagine such a thing!; from, as p
45 Flyibaby : In the movie Blue Streak an Alaska MD-80 is shown above on final while Martin argues with the FBI in a bonded warehouse.
46 Post contains images N751PR : In the anime motion picture, Spriggan, there is a scene where the main character arrives in a IST filled with TK aircraft. By far, it's the most accur
47 KL642 : The movie "Puppet On A Chain" (1972) featured Royal Class on a KLM DC-8. I saw this movie on a KL 747 from JFK-AMS!
48 Bmiexpat : Not that I've seen the film so can't say for definite, but I do remember seeing a memo at work about how a Star Alliance advertising exec had negotiat
49 MakeMinesLAX : My favorite film! No, wait - this is my favorite. In "Almost Famous", Penny Lane boarded a nicely done replica of an Eastern Airlines 727-100. The on
50 Post contains links and images Pawsleykat : Ever seen the Movie Turbulence with Ray Liotta? It features Tower Air, CO, Delta, NWA and standing in for the TCA aircraft is an old JAL plane. View L
51 Aggieflyboi04 : The only airline you see is UA, and the FA that was in the movie flew for UA so maybe so.
52 Pilotdude09 : How could we forget Meet The Fockers?? Stars AA.
53 Vegasplanes : Die Hard 2 - ATA 727, fictional NorthEast Airlines L1011 inside, and flight scenes, various other aircraft featured. Gauntlet with Clint Eastwood, cal
54 SparkingWave : Oops! My bad. Thanks for the correction. Peter Pan! By the way, let's not forget that Pan Am was featured in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), a
55 Xr8FordGirl : I have no idea what airlines are featured but Speed has quire a few planes the scene where the bus ends up runing around an unfinished runawy at LAX.
56 IrishMD11 : What about "Midnight Express"? Any leads? Gerry
57 Post contains images OB1504 : It was a Tower Air 747. The highjacked 747 is N614FF, also belonging to Tower Air, although I don't know why they used a JL-esque livery since the ai
58 Xr8FordGirl : LOL who knows why Hollywood does anything I remembered another plane was in the dance film White Nights seen trying to land of a very short runway in
59 Sideflare75 : Midwest Express was used in "About Schmidt." Gate area in OMA and some shots inside the plane. I think they used one of the rampers there as the pilot
60 YOWza : What airline is the tristar in Passenger 57? YOWza
61 IRelayer : The movie "Fletch" with Chevy Chase has a number of shots of Western Airlines 727's and also a shot of the LAX checkin area. -IR
62 SpringbokUSA : Don't forget VS Upperclass cabin in Calender Girls. Also some nice shots of their B747 LHR-LAX.
63 Post contains links SQ2 : back in January 2003, Japanese TBS and ANA made a drama call Good Luck, it's a pretty good drama if you understand Japanese. it was about a co-pilot,
64 SQ2 : and also i forgot to mention.. they show pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and some other...
65 Post contains images QuestAir : All the other airlines that showed 'Rain Man' took out the scene where Hoffman said that. If anyone watches the TV show Monk on USA, the episode wher
66 Swisskloten : What about the Eastern L1011 from "Miami Blues"? Loved the Hare Krishna scene! That was a classic! Fred Ward's line after Baldwin killed the Krishna w
67 WDBRR : Does anyone know the movie from 1986 or 1987 that showed extensive Eastern Airlines footage, including a star that played an EAL ticket agent in EWR?
68 IRelayer : Yes I remember that. That was such a great movie. I remember pointing out the inaccuracies afterwards to my friends and they just looked at me funny.
69 Vegasplanes : Was it Atlantic Airlines, or something along those lines, I just looked at the movie box and it does not say, I'll have to watch it again to find out
70 AlitaliaMD11 : In "Friends" Virgin Atlantic is shown a lot, SR Richard Branson is even in one episode.
71 AirScoot : Just recently saw the movie Network again for the first time in a long time. Several United advertisement references.. and some nice 742 shots.
72 United787 : Even though you can't buy tickets on FedEx, I still wonder if Castaway was good advertising. Previously, I had never worried about a package not arri
73 NASOCEANA : FedEx never paid the producers to be in "Castaway" it was all free. The producers went to FedEx and asked to used the company name for added realism.
74 King : Airtran Airways in FOUR BROTHERS. Airtran did not have to pay to be in the movie.
75 Bluewave 707 : An Evergreen 742 was the escape plane at the end of Die Hard 2, without titles, though the livery is quite obvious. In Heat, there's a DL MD-11 (sans
76 Post contains images Eirjet : The new film "Red Eye" has the airline FRESHAIR, lol
77 Vasu : There's also an airline called Fresh Air in the SKY1 series "Mile High"!
78 Bluewave 707 : The '60s TV series Hawaii Five-O had a bunch of UA DC-8s and 747s during its run. UA also provided travel between L.A. and Hawaii for the producers, c
79 Avgroupie : Another movie with Arnold Sch........ was "Commando". He is made to board a flight, which I think was a Western Airlines DC-10. After pushback he cove
80 BCAL : If you are referring to the Alan Parker film, Midnight Express, when Billy boards the plane at Istanbul and is caught smuggling drugs, in reality it
81 ARGinLON : That's a good one! It just came to my mind. JFKJNB on BA (my wife was laughing at me when I told her about this.
82 Markdirk : In Passenger 57 the L-1011 used in the exterior shots was painted somewhat like an LTU aircraft, but after filming of the movie completed I remember s
83 Post contains images OPNLguy : Jay Leno was talking about the JetBlue incident at LAX the other night, and said that Governor Arnold really saved the day for that flight, and they
84 1MillionFlyer : In "Married to the Mob" Eastern was featured.
85 Planespotting : they didn't have a real airline in meet the fockers...i can't remember the name, but it wasn't a real one.
86 PIA777 : I remember BA in "A Fish called Wanda". Hilarious Movie!!! PIA777
87 Wdleiser : Rushhour 2 with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan has United in it. Between Asia and Los Angeles. Funny movie.
88 Stirling : Just watched the 60's romantic/comedy "That Touch of Mink" with Cary Grant and Doris Day the other day..... Doris is flying to Bermuda on a PanAm 707;
89 ReidYYZ : It is Trans Pacific Airlines. It was reg'd NXXXEA (ex-EA a/c- can't remember the reg.) And what a horrible movie.[Edited 2005-10-13 07:20:15]
90 Flyboy_se : in Deuce Bigallow ,Hollywood Gigolo they show a taxiing QF 747 while he s at LAX.Also in the same movie a female voice is heard saying, " i am arrivin
91 JetCity61 : Short Circuit An Alaska Airlines TV commercial is playing in the background in a scene with Ally Sheedy. I think it was the marketing theme 'Fly with
92 Kevinl1011 : The original "Twighlight Zone" series where William Shatner sees the ape man tearing up the wing. I believe that was made up as "Capital Airways" whic
93 Post contains links Sabenapilot : The Hollywood movie 'Hotel Rwanda' on the genocide in the central African republic of Rwanda is set at 'Hotel des Mille Collines', the Sabena hotel in
94 VHTAE : Crocodile Dundee featured A Qantas 747-300 on take off. VH-TAE.[Edited 2005-10-13 12:06:02]
95 Bennett123 : I remember one of the Bond films featured a DC3 at New Orleans. The aircraft was hit by a car. Does anyone else remember more details. I understood th
96 King : American Eagle in Son in Law
97 Coa764 : CO in 'Donnie Brasco', during a scene inside a hanger at EWR you can see CO aircraft taxing by in the new colors.. The film is set in 1978
98 United_Fan : There was UA signage in 'Two for the Momey'. A DL MD-11 in 'Widget colors' is seen in 'Heat' along with an old-color TZ L1011. Plus a FX 727 and CO DC
99 United_Fan : Here's some more. 'Bullitt' had some GREAT! SFO shots . PA 707's and PSA 727's! Also,the greats like; 'Skyjacked' and 'Airport' (all 3),
100 United_Fan : Oh yeah,SWAT had a DL L1011 and cut up FX 727's @ MHV. Plus 'Jarhead' has a UA 744 and a DL L1011 @ VCV.
101 SJC-Alien : Hmmm.. all but one of you must be young bucks, as I saw only one mention to the TV series 'Hawaii 5-0" - and they had several 2 hour 'movie' versions
102 Grimey : Would I be right in saying KLM in Oceans 12 and when it shows a plane landing in Italy (Julia Roberts plane) where the camera is underneath the plane
103 PIA777 : A TWA 767 was in the movie "Made" with Jon Favreu and Vince Vaughn. Funny Movie!!! PIA777
104 FlyPIJets : To go back to the original poster's question, how does this product placement actually happen. Nowadays, movie producers actively employ either a prod
105 LongHauler : "Wait Until Dark" featured an Air Canada DC-9-14 at YUL. But the prize should go to "Boeing Boeing", a mindless comedy revolving loosely around the ai
106 Bman351 : Good Will Hunting has a backdrop of a Canadian Airlines 767 taxiing on the apron. The scene is when they're at the airport and the girl is heading to
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