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Airline Ticket Jacket In GoodFellas

Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:00 pm

In the movie GoodFellas, during the "May 12, 1980" sequence toward the end of the movie, one of the characters reaches into her purse to retrieve a plane ticket. It looks to be a vintage AA ticket jacket, but as the camera zooms in on it, a black bar obscures the name of the airline.

Does anyone know why this was done? Was it at AA's request or what? There are other logotypes visible in the movie, and I can't imagine Scorsese secured the rights to every one. It's sort of an interesting effect, and I'm curious if anyone knows of a story behind it.
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RE: Airline Ticket Jacket In GoodFellas

Mon Apr 24, 2006 8:31 pm

Quoting N844AA (Thread starter):
Does anyone know why this was done?

You'll see that a lot during TV re-broadcast of movies on TV. The movie production company pays, in this case the airline a fee to use their trademark in the movie. Overtime that grace period expires and they can no longer use that trademark during re-broadcasts. They must; repay the fee, or black it out. In this case thay blacked it out.
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RE: Airline Ticket Jacket In GoodFellas

Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:51 pm

I thought it was TWA of the early 70's but maybe I have that prop(jacket) mixed up with the one in Midnight Run with Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin.
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RE: Airline Ticket Jacket In GoodFellas

Tue Apr 25, 2006 5:39 am

Yeah, it was an AA ticket jacket. However, I remember that the babysitter was supposed to fly the drugs to Atlanta. I wonder how she would have been routed if she was going on AA from NYC to ATL? I don't think AA ever flew this nonstop. Maybe she would have had to change planes in RDU.

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RE: Airline Ticket Jacket In GoodFellas

Tue Apr 25, 2006 5:52 am

Quoting AussieItaliano (Reply 3):
don't think AA ever flew this nonstop. Maybe she would have had to change planes in RDU.

Not in 1980. The RDU wasn't opened until 1987. AA didn't even fly to ATL in 1980. ATL service wasn't started until 1984 or 1985. AA just recently started LGA-ATL with CR7s.
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RE: Airline Ticket Jacket In GoodFellas

Tue Apr 25, 2006 6:27 am

An AA ticket jacket was also used in the 2001 film 'Oceans 11' (awesome movie, by the way). When Matt Damon's character Linus is persuaded to join the rest of the gang in Las Vegas, he is handed across the table what can barely be made out as an AA ticket jacket, presumably to fly ORD-LAS (a route that AA, does, indeed, actually fly and did at the time of the movie's production). We're such nerds ...  Smile.
 
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RE: Airline Ticket Jacket In GoodFellas

Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:08 am

They also show "Idlewild Airport" in 1960 with a 747 landing.....would have been nice to have it that early!
 
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RE: Airline Ticket Jacket In GoodFellas

Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:40 am

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 1):
You'll see that a lot during TV re-broadcast of movies on TV. The movie production company pays, in this case the airline a fee to use their trademark in the movie. Overtime that grace period expires and they can no longer use that trademark during re-broadcasts. They must; repay the fee, or black it out. In this case thay blacked it out.

Yes, but it was blacked out in the original production.
 
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RE: Airline Ticket Jacket In GoodFellas

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:10 am

Quoting AussieItaliano (Reply 3):
Yeah, it was an AA ticket jacket. However, I remember that the babysitter was supposed to fly the drugs to Atlanta. I wonder how she would have been routed if she was going on AA from NYC to ATL? I don't think AA ever flew this nonstop. Maybe she would have had to change planes in RDU.

Actually, you've hit on my next question. I'm pretty sure though not certain that the babysitter is going to MIA. (I'm pretty sure about this since I've watched this movie probably three times in the last three weeks instead of studying for finals. But of course, I could be wrong.) Now, I don't know what AA's MIA operations were like at the time, but NYC-MIA certainly seems plausible.

So, for the sake of argument, let's assume MIA. I think when they get in the car to leave -- and to pick up her lucky hat along the way -- it's 10:55 p.m. Let's be generous and assume that, somehow, she can pick up her lucky hat and be dropped off at the airport and clear security by midnight. Were there every any flights AA between New York and Miami that departed after midnight?

Of course, like Remymartin11 correctly noted, this is the same movie that shows a 747 landing at Idlewild in the early '60s. Still, it's curious to me that they would use a real ticket jacket and so prominently obscure the logo. Alhough, now that I think about it some more, I'm pretty sure Scorsese wanted to use an immediately recognizable, plausibly realistic ticket jacket, but obscured the logotype as AA presumably would have taken exception to being characterized as the preferred airline for drug runners.

Also note that both Aussieitaliano and Commavia are exactly right at the end of their posts  Wink
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RE: Airline Ticket Jacket In GoodFellas

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:17 am

The neat part is that most of the movie, Goodfellas(I found my disc of it) takes place in the 60's. Problem is AA did not fly NYC to MIA or anyplace in FLA in the 60's. Im not sure when AA moved into MIA..gotta drag out the OAG's.....again

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RE: Airline Ticket Jacket In GoodFellas

Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:53 pm

Quoting Remymartin11 (Reply 7):
They also show "Idlewild Airport" in 1960 with a 747 landing.....would have been nice to have it that early!

It was 1963 and it was a swiss air plane. I have seen that movie around 50 times. I love it. I find that scene amusing.

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