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Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:15 am

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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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:19 am

FedEx in Castaway was a great advertising film appearance.
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:22 am

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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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:28 am

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.

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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:30 am

Dustin Hoffman's plug for Qantas in "Rain Man" as the world's 'safest' airline...
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:37 am

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.
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:37 am

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.

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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:39 am

'Get Shorty' with John Travolta, takes place at LAX. Nice take of a Mexicana A320 landing.
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:39 am

Air India several times in Bollywood movies  Smile
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:47 am

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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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:59 am

John Goodman's "King Ralph" had some very nice shots of a BA 747-200 taking off and landing.
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:34 am

UA in 'The Terminal'. There's a few nice shots of a UA 747-400 taxiing.
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:50 am

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

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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:12 am

TW, of course, is all over the place in The Aviator.
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:22 am

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.
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:27 am

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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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:56 am

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!
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:57 am

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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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:02 am

tower air is featured quite a bit in liar liar, also whiich airport is that film filmed?
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:06 am

What about Casablanca, the Air France DC3 ?
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:19 am

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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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:29 am

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

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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:39 am

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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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:41 am

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.
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:41 am

BA in 'A Fish called Wanda'...
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:43 am

Bride and Prejudice--> BA
The Guru---> Air India (at the begining)
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:53 am

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 Zealand comes up , when the 'soul plane' is at LAX!
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:58 am

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 remember if AF was mentioned or not)
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 7:12 am

Released in 1966 and sometimes shown on BBC TV, "That Riviera Touch" starring British comedians Morecambe and Wise. They were featured taking their car across the Channel in a Bristol B170 Mk32 of British United Air Ferries. It was filmed at Lydd (LYX/EGMD). This info will be probably be a complete mystery to anybody who is not British and aged under fifty!
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 7:19 am

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 Rio, and the baddie goes flying out of the ambulance on a stretcher and rolls down the hill and lands straight in the mouth of a BA stewardess in a billboard. I'll have to dig out the DVD, but I think it said "We'll take more care of you" or something similar.

Well, it made me laugh. The same film had nice view of one of Rio's airports

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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 12:42 pm

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 to name a few.

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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:46 pm

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 were actually shot at SNA. When my friend and the captain walked off the plane and saw slot machines, they both looked at each other and said, "Did we land at the wrong airport?"
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 10:49 pm

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 first class lav on a TWA 747 Jfk-lax (I believe). The plane is descending for approach and you can hear the flight attendant in the background announcing that, "the sounds and sensations you are experiencing are completely normal..." or something like that....I always remembered that scene.
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Tue Sep 20, 2005 11:50 pm

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(?)
Live and Let Die - PA 747
GoldenEye - BA 757
Tomorrow Never Dies - BA 737
Die Another Day - BA 747
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:07 am

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 the flight featured in the movie was that the airline ceased to exist right around the time the movie was released. So at least on the big screen there were still Pan Am 747s flying to Heathrow.

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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:35 am

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 movie Father's Day with Robin Williams and Billy Crystal.
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:50 am

Also "Midnight Run" had TWA with Charles Grodin and Robert DeNiro.
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:08 am

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 PIT.

Tomei and Hunt take TWA to JFK from PIT and then TWA to Italy.
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:09 am

Sterling Airways in Olsenbanden...He He
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:31 am

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.  Wink
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:40 am

Quoting SparkingWave (Reply 34):
"Hook" the Robin Hood movie by Steven Spielberg back in December 1991

Try the "Peter Pan" movie.  Smile
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:51 am

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 bit where one of the guys on the show says "I'm on AA.com using my AAdvantage points to upgrade because it's a long flight."

Pretty tastelss stuff and pretty stupid considering the guy saying this lives in a $200 million home.

There was also that promo that Virgin did on "Friends."

I guess there is a whole different segment of movies such as those based on true stories that require the actual airline:

Operation Thunderbolt: features a hijacked AF aircraft
21 Hours at Munich: feutres an El Al and an LH bird at the start
In a couple Delta Force movies they show bits of a MEA bird.

There are countless others.

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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:51 am

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 "No Way Out."

Arnold Schwartzennegger in his acting days, boards a CO flight to Europe before being pulled off by Danny DeVito in "Junior".

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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:55 am

I've seen some newish bollywood films that show BA 747-100s and the like  Wink
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:57 am

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 promotional materials of the period claim, "Nineteen-Sexty-Sex"; starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.

From IMDb.Com, these are a couple of plot summaries:
American playboy Bernard Lawrence (Tony Curtis) has cleverly designed a system using the airline timetables to keep going three affairs with flight stewardesses. However, his life soon starts to descend into a shambles after the arrival of a friend, Robert Reed (Jerry Lewis), and a dreaded change to the flight order, whereby it becomes increasingly difficult to keep his three finacees apart.
Living in Paris, journalist Bernard has devised a scheme to keep three fiancées: Lufthansa, Air France and British United. Everything works fine as long as they only come home every third day. But when there's a change in their working schedule, they will be able to be home every second day instead. Bernard's carefully structured life is breaking apart.


A similar themed movie came out in 1985, but without "707" in the title.
Neither appear to be currently available on DVD.

Boeing (707) Boeing (707) (1965)
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:11 am

In the movie Blue Streak an Alaska MD-80 is shown above on final while Martin argues with the FBI in a bonded warehouse.
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:37 am

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 accurate animated rendition of an airline I've seen in a anime.  bigthumbsup  I'll try to post some screenshots when I rent the movie again.
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:01 pm

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!
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:12 pm

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 negotiated with the film studio to ensure that the departure boards in "The Terminal" only had Star Alliance carriers shown on it.

Can anyone confirm this?
 
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RE: Airlines Featured In Films

Mon Sep 26, 2005 3:41 pm

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 24):
BA in 'A Fish called Wanda'...

My favorite film!

Quoting Tommy767 (Reply 36):
Also "Midnight Run" had TWA with Charles Grodin and Robert DeNiro.

No, wait - this is my favorite.

In "Almost Famous", Penny Lane boarded a nicely done replica of an Eastern Airlines 727-100. The only problem is, it was flying JFK-SAN, which never would have happened at the time. I recall the A/C also sported winglets.

There was also that nice footage of a TWA L-1011 landing in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles".

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