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User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1719 times:

Can you think of any movies where the director/producers screwed up when it comes to jetliners?

A few that come to mind:

GOODFELLAS

Great flick but during the sequence depicting Idlewild Airport in NYC in the late 50s/early 60s, they show the approaches of not one but two 747s (not around until 1970)...and one of them is an -SP in the latest Korean Air colors!

EXECUTIVE DECISION

Clearly a 747 Classic from the outside, the cockpit has -400 style LCD screens on the instrument panel. Not impossible I suppose (some -SPs and -300s are retrofitted I believe) but not likely. (Although as a director I probably would have done the same thing.) The "How to Fly A 747" bookshelf in what should have been the engineers panel was clever.

DONNIE BRASCO

Another Mob flick that paid little attention to airport reality...the era was supposed to be the mid 70s but a 90s era livery Continental MD 80 rolls by in the background, a Burlington Air Express 727 sits prominently in one shot (the green striped livery may have been introduced in the late 70s but I think it was the 80s)...and several ground vehicles have Northwest's new font style on them.

DIE HARD 2

Where do you start? But the thing that I thought was dumbest about this shoot-em-up flick was the intentional crashing of the "Windsor" airlines DC-8, which followed a purposely misleading glideslope beacon into the concrete. They say the plane is almost empty of fuel, flying on vapor while still in a holding pattern....
some vapor! It explodes like an atom bomb when it lands short and the gear collapses.

I keep thinking of the Avianca 707 that literally fell out of the sky into trees when it ran out of fuel near JFK. Little if any fire.


HOW ABOUT IT? WHAT FLICK GETS THE LOUDEST GROAN OUT OF YOU?






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User currently offlinePHX 1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1494 times:

I don't know what the movie was called, it was one of those made for t.v movies. Anyway everytime they showed the airplane it would be a different type. First it was a 757 than it was a 737. Then at one point it was a MD 80. Maybe I'm being too pickie, but I think that somebody should have checked what type of plane they made the movie about.

User currently offlineCritter592 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

L.O.L. I was watching Turbulence 2 and they had a 747 with a 737 door. It was Hilarious.

Also, Air Force One has Harrison Ford flying a 744 Cockpit when Air Force One has a 742 Cockpit.
(I know everybody thinks Air Force One has a 744 cockpit, but I can clearly assure you that it has a 742 cockpit.) I have seen it up front.

And, while I was watching Home Alone 2... They showed Kevin boarding what appeared to be a 767-200 on the inside with a 747 door, and the titles 767 LUXURY LINER on the outside.


User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

I just saw the new movie "Rush Hour 2" and there was one minor mess up I think. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker were leaving Hong Kong going to Los Angeles. The movie shows a twin engine aircraft fly over (it looked like an A300 or an A310 to me, I could be wrong though). It then shows Chan and Tucker on the inside of the aircraft. They were either in first class or business class, but the layout was 2-2-2. When they are landing in LAX, the movie shows a United 744. If they flew on that, they either had to change planes, which the movie did not show if that was the case, or the movie messed up. Probably the second one though. Movies don't tend to do real well with aircraft.

User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1444 times:

Some are really bad, some are really good. The Castaway recreation was one of the best I've seen, but I don't know how something on fire in the hold would catch the engine on fire...The crash was awesome though!

-Notar520AC



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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5497 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1446 times:

THE WEDDING SINGER -

747 classic interior (spiral staircase), but on the outside they showed something like a 757 (if i remember correctly). the seating config was wrong too.


User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1442 times:

Just about any movie with airliners in it can fall into this list. The first Airport movie might be an exception to the rule.


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User currently offlineSkihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1428 times:

In Airport they show the jet landing in the dark and you can easily see it's a DC-9 or some other tail mounted jet.

CC


User currently offlineBaldguy From Canada, joined May 2001, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1420 times:

In almost all TV shows and made-for-TV movies they use stock air-to-air or takeoff/landing footage, often of the first 747 in Boeing colours. Usually the exterior and interior don't match.

On an episode of 'Roseanne' Roseanne and Dan are flying to Las Vegas - on a 707 in the early 90s.

And all of Airport 77.


User currently offlineBoeingmd82 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 238 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1420 times:

Oh, yea and in Airplane!, they were flying in a B707, but the engines sounded like a piston airplane!! Haw haw!, oops, that's right, I just got it!

User currently offlinePATM04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1411 times:

Another was in the movie Cool Runnings. When they took off they were in an American soemthing(I forget). When they landed they were in an Md-80. Now the first Mistake was 2 diff planes. The second was that we all know that a Md-80 will not make it from Jamaica to Canada very easily.


Pat


User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

PATM04,

Stop and think for a moment. Does american fly direct from Jamaica to Canada? I think not, so they probably switched planes.

And regarding an earlier post about the Wedding Singer, the aircraft appeared to be a Canadian airlines 737. Although someone will have to check


User currently offlinePATM04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1401 times:

That wasn't my point. The movie was implying to people unlike us that they do fly nonstop and most people didn't notice that. I wasn't saying they did fly nonstop but I bet the producers and directors of that movie just filmed 2 planes of the same airline taking off and landing not even thinking about what they were implying. If they did know they probably thought that people wouldn't notice, but they mus have forgoten about people like us. Their goof up was also implying that they flew nonstop from Jamaica to Canada.

User currently offlineAC190 From Canada, joined Jun 2011, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1393 times:

In the wedding singer, on the interior there was a spiral staircase, but on the outside , it was something like a 757!! Almost any movie with airliners in it has a mistake in it!
Rgds,
A C  Smokin cool


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21442 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1399 times:

While "Almost Famous" was supposed to take place in the seventies the plane near the end obviously had winglets. I didn´t know they had them back then...

Nice touch with the yelling FA uniforms, though... Big grin


User currently offlineKlm744 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

I saw a made for t.v. movie the other day about the Canadian airliner which ran out of fuel, forcing the pilot to use his experience as a glider pilot to land the plane. The plane was a 767 and most of the footage was of a 767, except for the takeoff scene where they used 737-200 classic  Smile That made me laugh and surprised me that such a big mistake could be made, although I doubt if any non-aviation enthusiast even blinked an eye.

User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1375 times:

"Their goof up was also implying that they flew nonstop from Jamaica to Canada."

Like anyone would like to watch the movie where they site in the terminal for an hour waiting for their connection  Yeah sure. I mean come on, that's a waste of valuable footage that could be better used to advance the plot


User currently offlinePATM04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1380 times:

A movie that didn't make one mistake at all was "Miracle Landing". The movie was about the Hawain Air plane that had it top ripped off in mid air do to stress on the metal. The plane flew for a very long time without a top over the front of the plane. The footage of the plane going through the air is very realistic and every time you see the plane it is a 737-200. The only unrealistic thing about the movie was the set of the cockpit.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6287 posts, RR: 33
Reply 18, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1367 times:

The most commom seems to be the 747 flying over on approach follwed by a shot of a narrow body taxiing to the gate.
And, who said the M80 can't fly nonstop Jamaica to Canada? MBJ-YUL is only 1884 miles. Well within an MD-80s range.



Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineRw774477 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1070 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1357 times:

earthquake

Boeing 707 does a touch-and-go at LAX. In the meantime it gets a repaint from CO to TW c/s ( or vice-versa - I can't remember)

Home Alone 1

a/c land in Paris as a 757 ( takes of as a 767 or DC-10 )

Film about Flight 401 ( about EA L1011 Everglades crash )

About 15 minutes in a beautiful silhuoette of a 727 !!crossing the sky ! - I switched channels faster than a Concorde !

rw774477


User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1352 times:

A couple more:

In the movie 9 TO 5, the charector Roz is sent to language school in Colorado. The footage shows a freshly painted TWA 747 (in the red stripes scheme) rotating skyward. Though they never really say what city the movie takes place in, has there EVER been a TWA 747 that flies to Denver from within the US?

One series of movies that seems to pay attention to such things is James Bond...even in the early films with shots of Pan Am 707s landing in Istanbul to Nassau, up to the recent ones showing inter-European BA flights using 757s and 737s...

Two things though:

I believe in one film, Bond flew the Concorde to Rio. Was that a regular BA run?

And in Tommorow Never Dies, Bond is supposed to be at a German airport, testing out his new BMW with Q. The Bae 146 in the hanger belonged to Titan Airlines...British right? Would it be common for them to hanger a -146 in Germany?


User currently offline767ALLTHEWAY From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1340 times:

In Rush Hour 2 it shows a quick sequence of an aircraft flying by at nightime taking off...in reality you could tell the aircraft was landing and it was a 737 (I could tell by the way the landing light was on the outer wing on the flap {can think of it} flap guide as i have seen 737's at night before then as "Airplanetire" stated they jump quicly to a 747 interior.

Also in a made for TV movie I saw recently it was about a 747. The pilot was recovering from a dive and he was straining to pull back like he was actually moving the controls himself (Movie producers have never heard of Fly-By-Wire) Also it was a 747-200 class from the exterior with a 747-400 cockpit and only two thrust controllers.

Another was another made for TV movie around several plane crashes. It showed an A320 crashing from the outside and a 737-2 cockpit with no overhead pannel. And another detail was the A320 starting up with a shot of an old 737-2 Engine smoking to life. It also had no cockpit door and the seating was 4-4 which is fales in both A320-737. Cant people make a movie which is technically correct in every aspect including aviation.



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User currently offlineSpinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1335 times:

In Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, the scene where they are at the airport. They board a plane with "no logo". However you don't have to look very hard to see that it is a Valujet DC-9 painted over with whitewash. The film is set in the early 1970's, long before the critter was flying.

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1312 times:

In Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas there is a Valujet DC-9 in the background shot as well. One of my friends has seen the movie dozens of times and never noticed it until I told him about it (I caught it the first time I saw it). And I don't think any of Eastern's 727s in the mid 70s had winglets. Now any goofs in "Airplane!" I don't mind, it's not meant to be taken seriously. And I have to agree that most movies that have any scene involving airliners tend to screw something up.

User currently offline767-322ETOPS From United States of America, joined May 2001, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1284 times:

The opening scene of the Charlie's Angels movie features an interior that is unrealistically spacious.

25 777fan : You stole my thunder on the miracle landing movie! I believe it was Aloha airlines? I am sure there were some minor mistakes, but if you watch the mov
26 Ganymed : ´The naked gun 1´ quite at the beginning of the movie clearly displays a DC-10-10 landing at KLAX(Flight of Frank Drebin) and then you see Mr.Drebin
27 Sccutler : Yep, for me it was definitely the winglets on the EA 727 in Almost Famous; I was watching that flick, just enjoying it (they really did a pretty good
28 EFG : Although it is not a movie, I watched The A-Team the day before yesterday, and it was an episode about a 747 being hijacked. Of course the A-Team came
29 HlywdCatft : Its pretty sad when there is a Discovery Channel show about an airport and they goof up. I was watching "World's Busiest Airport" the other day on Dis
30 Blink182 : HlwdCtft, also about the movie you were talking about, did FedEx fly the 737-200 then? Also in Charlies Angels in the opening scene, as far as I am co
31 Mcdougald : Investigative Reports ran a series in 1999 about what happens behind the scenes at LAX. One part focused on UA F/As in training, including two on thei
32 DCA-ROCguy : In Die Hard 2, they try to pass off the LAX Bradley Terminal as Dulles....aack! In that movie also Bruce Willis uses a pay phone at "Dulles" that says
33 FATFlyer : HlywdCatft - Parts of the Disney movie Homeward Bound 2 were filmed in Vancouver BC. Hard for me to think of SFO when I'm seeing YVR.
34 Lowsonboy : I think in Die Hard 2 the "Windsor" plane that explodes in a huge fireball despite having no fuel on board is depicted as a DC-9. Must be a new model
35 Heavymetal : Re: Tommy Boy Actually, DCA, if you look closely it's an Air Transat L1011... But you're right....the story takes place in Sandusky Ohio(actual poulat
36 747buff : In Die Hard 2, which takes place at IAD, Bruce Willis walks past a map of LAX's Int'l Terminal.
37 Post contains images DCA-ROCguy : Thanks for corrections Heavymental. You'd think I'd at least get the title of the film right. Sheesh. Does John Hughes have some sort of product-place
38 NW-ELITE : Don't forget in Turbulence 2 its a 747, but at the end they show an Alaska 737.
39 EGGD : I think just about everything in Turbulence II was at fault. Also, a couple of things in Final Destination (i thought it was pretty realistic).. First
40 Dw747400 : In the made for TV version of Pandora's Clock (the book was a well researched and accurate depiction of a 747-400.) the aircraft takes off as a 747-40
41 United747-200 : Has anyone seen the movie Turbulence III??? There are so many things wrong with that movie, it's sad. These are the ones i decided to note (BESIDES th
42 Clewatcher : watched a made for tv movie yesterday "Quarantine" and the computerized airliner they used was a Airbus 330 but the newscasters say its a 737
43 NWA : "I think in Die Hard 2 the "Windsor" plane that explodes in a huge fireball despite having no fuel on board is depicted as a DC-9. Must be a new model
44 Heavymetal : A couple of unintended 'cameos' to look for: In TRUE LIES , in one of the climactic rooftop scenes, an unknown 747 (though I think it was Tower Air) m
45 TonyBurr : It is not just movies they mess up, also books. Often they talk about small planes flying to Europe, or flights leaving the ast coast of the USA at mi
46 Californiasoul : Well, I hate to bring this one up because it proves that I watched it, but "Plan 9 From Outer Space" has some good long shots of what appear to be an
47 HlywdCatft : cameos Fools Rush In- Salma Hayek/Matthew Perry- When the first scene of Vegas is they show the Luxor with an AA MD-80 taking off in the background I
48 747buff : Flying Tiger never operated 747SPs, only -200s.
49 Post contains images Kcle : I know of one movie where all of the aircraft are correct!! And it's none other than Rugrats In Paris. You can clearly see 767's 757's, and the plane
50 BLACK BOX : Check for contrails in "Gettysburg"
51 Lowsonboy : Cameos... The best one recently surely has to be the video to U2's "Beautiful Day," filmed at CDG - great shots of the terminal and end of the runway
52 RL757PVD : i belive in the Seinfeld Episode that has Jerry flying FC and Elaine flying coach thats the outside clips show it is a Southwest 737 however they are
53 HlywdCatft : You're right. For some strange reason I thought it was an SP, but now that I think about it, it was a 200 because I would have been confused at the t
54 DCA-ROCguy : TonyBurr....speaking of book mess-ups, Stephen King makes a doozy in "The Shining." One of the characters flies a TWA 747 from Miami to Denver. Athoug
55 Jgardner : In "Liar, Liar" Max, his mother and soon-to-be stepfather are on a Tower Air 747-200 from Los Angeles to Boston, and the seating configuration is off
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