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Munch
03-03-2005, 04:38 PM
I can't remember what got me to thinking about this the other day, but I did. And it somewhat amused me for a good hour until I realized I know absolutely nothing about movies. But I was trying to think of the Top Ten movie props of all time, but I ran out of ideas - so what follows is

Munch's Very Abbreviated Top Ten List of Movie Props:

5. Darth Vader's helmet
4. 007's PPK 9mm
3. the Maltese Falcon
2. Dorothy's ruby slippers
1. Rosebud the sled

I have a feeling there are many more movie items out there that would be more impressive than those 5 that I'm completely blanking on, and would love to see what others think.

My criteria is a little muddled - deal with it. I didn't care about how many versions of the prop are in existence or were used in the filming of the movie(s) (I believe there were several Maltese Falcons made, and I'm sure there have been multiple 9mm's used in the Bond films). It's entirely subjective and vague. If you have any suggestions on how to better nail down the definition, those are welcome as well.

Lobsang
03-03-2005, 04:44 PM
I'd include Bond's Astin Martin, The Delorian (Back to the Future), The one ring,


But Vader's Helmet was the very first thing that came to mind on reading the title.

fusoya
03-03-2005, 04:51 PM
Indy's hat & whip is the first thing that comes to mind for me

Troy McClure SF
03-03-2005, 04:53 PM
Lightsabers spring to mind.

Cisco
03-03-2005, 05:00 PM
Indy's hat & whip is the first thing that comes to mind for me
That's what I thought of first, too.

Most of what are widely considered "great" movies that I can think of don't really have big, flashy, famous props. For instance, Rosebud is only seen for a brief second in Citizen Kane.

The big ones are gonna be the big summer smash-hit type movies IMO, as opposed to artsy ("great", imo) movies like Kane.

Lobsang
03-03-2005, 05:02 PM
I'd also include the minis from The Italian Job.

Gangster Octopus
03-03-2005, 05:16 PM
Casablanca's Letters of Transit
Godfather's Horse's Head

Sampiro
03-03-2005, 05:33 PM
Godfather's Horse's Head Unfortunately it was real, so it probably rotted long before GF2.

*The dollhouse clock from Addams Family (the one in which a mini-Gomez kisses Morticia's cleavage once for each hour)
*The title prop from The Ten Commandments (Heston version)
*The Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark (as a container for the above)
*The glowing contents briefcase from Pulp Fiction
*Scarlett's "saw it in the window" gown from Gone With the Wind

Bippy the Beardless
03-03-2005, 05:35 PM
Munch's Very Abbreviated Top Ten List of Movie Props:

5. Darth Vader's helmet
2. Dorothy's ruby slippers


Do items of clothing actually count as props?

The oscillation overthruster from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension probably should have some sort of mention in a thread about top movie props.

OtakuLoki
03-03-2005, 05:37 PM
What about Queeg's balls?

(ball bearings, that is. You dirty-minded people.)

Cisco
03-03-2005, 05:42 PM
Do items of clothing actually count as props?

It depends, according to my acting professor. If they are used in a scene, or part of the story, yes. So by these rules - Dorothy's slippers, yes. Vader's helm, no.

Cisco
03-03-2005, 05:43 PM
my acting professor.
Old* acting professor.

Lobsang
03-03-2005, 05:45 PM
It depends, according to my acting professor. If they are used in a scene, or part of the story, yes. So by these rules - Dorothy's slippers, yes. Vader's helm, no.

Vader's Helmet not part of the story??? :eek:


(actually I can accept that, in a way. But something tells me it is part of the story after Revenge of the Sith comes out)

Could an item made famous in one movie, and then redefined as a prop in a different movie count as a prop for this list?

Don Draper
03-03-2005, 05:45 PM
The painting of the lady by the ocean in Barton Fink's hotel room. Not to mention the package that John Goodman's character entrusts to Fink (John Turturro) that may or may not contain a woman's head.

The bliss-enducing "orb" from Sleeper.

Harry Potter's wands (Haven't seen any of the movies, but every trailer contains at least one action pose of Harry brandishing a wand.)

The "gallopIng horse-sound providing" coconuts from Monty Python's Holy Grail

Omniscient
03-03-2005, 05:47 PM
Honestly, I think I agree with your top 2.

I don't think the Bond guns are distinctive enough and there have been many over the years. Ditto the car, while taken as a collective they are cool, but I can't say there's one distinctive version that resonates with everyone.

The Vader costume is key. I'd put Dirty Harry's .45 Magnum up there instead of Bond's.

Lobsang
03-03-2005, 05:54 PM
If not the Astin Martin, then that white submarine car thing. Surely that's a thing that resonates with any Bond fan?

Ditto on Dirty Harry's gun.

And, if they can be called props: what about Charlie Chaplin's hat and cane?

And (and and and) The X-wings and Tie Fighters?

betenoir
03-03-2005, 05:58 PM
How 'bout the briefcase in Pulp Fiction?

bclouse
03-03-2005, 06:27 PM
Wire coat hanger from Mommy Dearest

Face hugger from Alien

The spinner from Blade Runner (probably doesn't count, but I think it's cool) or Sean Young for that matter.

silenus
03-03-2005, 06:35 PM
I'd put Dirty Harry's .45 Magnum up there instead of Bond's.

Not so omniscient after all. Dirty Harry carried a .44 Magnum. :D

Is Bruce the Shark a prop or a character? (Jaws)

The True Cross (Passion of the Christ)

The shades (Men In Black)

Wilson (Cast Away)

Rufus Xavier
03-03-2005, 06:35 PM
My top 5 horror movie props:

5. Freddie's gloves
4. The Phantasm orb
3. The Hellraiser cube
2. The Chucky doll
1. The Alien face-hugger

kayT
03-03-2005, 06:37 PM
Is it great props or props from great movies? If it's great props then we need to add the shark from Jaws.

Cisco
03-03-2005, 06:49 PM
Vader's Helmet not part of the story??? :eek:


(actually I can accept that, in a way. But something tells me it is part of the story after Revenge of the Sith comes out)

Could an item made famous in one movie, and then redefined as a prop in a different movie count as a prop for this list?
On second thought, it would be considered a prop for the scene in Jedi where he takes it off.
Is it great props or props from great movies? If it's great props then we need to add the shark from Jaws.
Jaws is one of those movies whose name was soiled by its inferior sequels. If you're implying here that it's not a good movie, I suggest you go back and take another look. The music alone stands with Psycho as being some of the most spine-chilling and suspense-building theme music you'll ever hear.

Danalan
03-03-2005, 06:54 PM
The dozen or so heads from "8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118541/)" are certainly unusual.

Bippy the Beardless
03-03-2005, 08:10 PM
My top 5 horror movie props:
5. Freddie's gloves
3. The Hellraiser cube


Though all your others were good, these two are excellent choices.

E. Thorp
03-03-2005, 08:13 PM
The 18" Stonehenge in This Is Spinal Tap.

Ranchoth
03-03-2005, 09:45 PM
If not in the "top five," I'd still nominate any number for things from Dr. Frankenstein's lab. (Jacob's Ladder, a big "knife switch," etc.)


*The title prop from The Ten Commandments (Heston version)
*The Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark (as a container for the above)

*The plain wooden crate and the dolly/handtruck used to cart around the above in the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. :D

Chronos
03-03-2005, 10:18 PM
I can't remember what got me to thinking about this the other day, but I did.Was it perhaps this thread (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=303372) from a week and a half ago?

El_Kabong
03-03-2005, 10:22 PM
Oh, man, there's gotta be millions of things. I'll leave out the Bond flix, since most of the most famous props from the whole history of the series were shown in Tomorrow Never Dies. Lemme see if I can think of all the rest...

The Last of the V-8 Interceptors from The Road Warrior

H. G. Wells' Time Machine from, well, The Time Machine (1964)

The rifle/grenade launcher wielded by Sigourney Weaver in Aliens

The Hansen Bros.' black-rimmed glasses from Slap Shot

The backpack Positron Colliders worn by the Ghost Busters (remember, don't cross the streams; that would be bad)

Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet

Dang, that's all I can think of at the moment.

I'd include Bond's Astin Martin, The Delorian (Back to the Future),

Aston Martin and DeLorean. I'm just sayin'.

El_Kabong
03-03-2005, 10:26 PM
Dang. Sorry, missed that other thread completely.

Atticus Finch
03-03-2005, 11:02 PM
How about what I believe is Hitchcock's first "McGuffin" - the wine bottles supposedly full of uranium in Notorious (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038787/). The briefcase in Pulp Fiction is another famous McGuffin.

I may not be quite correct about whether it was Hitchcock's first - go looking for a George Kaplan, aka Roger Thornhill, I have a feeling he might be able to tell you more.

Sam Stone
03-04-2005, 12:33 AM
I'd say a Phaser, or maybe a Tricorder.

Pushkin
03-04-2005, 04:01 AM
I was thinking a Phaser, Tricorder or one of the old pop-open communicators, but would they be remembered from the series or the films? :confused:

And how many of these props were destroyed? I was thinking that when someone mentioned the V8 Interceptor. IIRC it was a different car used in the first and second Mad Max films.

Smeghead
03-04-2005, 04:15 AM
"It's the Clark bar! From Looking for Mr. Clark Bar!"
"This is the actual sword from The Sound of Music!"

(obscure NewsRadio reference)

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
03-04-2005, 08:18 AM
The electrical equipment from the lab in Frankenstein.

CandidGamera
03-04-2005, 08:44 AM
The golden idol recovered at the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

"Perhaps you could tell them - if only you spoke Hovitos. "

It was reused as a prop in, if memory serves, the movie-within-a-movie featured in the Majestic.

MovieMogul
03-04-2005, 11:04 AM
How about what I believe is Hitchcock's first "McGuffin" - the wine bottles supposedly full of uranium in Notorious (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038787/). The briefcase in Pulp Fiction is another famous McGuffin.Oh, the McGuffin goes farther back than that. Heck, The 39 Steps has its title as a McGuffin. :)

Oh, and quite a number of these Star Wars props are likely to appear here (http://starwars.mos.org/) later this year, if you're in the Boston area. Or, even here (http://www.starwarscelebration.com/swchome.aspx?file=swc), come to think of it, if you're near Indianapolis.

E. Thorp
03-04-2005, 11:34 AM
John Cusack's pen in Grosse Pointe Blank.

Enola Straight
03-04-2005, 11:48 AM
Stallone's various boxing trunks from the Rocky movies.
Sam's Piano from Casablanca.
Jason's hockey mask.
Terminator's GE 7.62 mm Minigun
The Enterprise from Star Trek: The Motion Picture...

The most beautiful starship ever made. :D

Winston Bongo
03-04-2005, 11:48 AM
A true classic thus far overlooked: the Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story.

Tracy Lord
03-04-2005, 12:16 PM
The 18" Stonehenge in This Is Spinal Tap.

YES.

Cisco
03-04-2005, 12:18 PM
John Cusack's pen in Grosse Pointe Blank.
I've seen that movie at least twice and, embarassingly, I don't remember anything about a pen.

I'll tell you what this made me think of though, is Joe Pesci's pen from Casino :D.

What about Jesse Ventura's minigun from Predator? That thing is truly legendary. I've seen websites dedicated to it.

Hey, It's That Guy!
03-04-2005, 12:34 PM
I've seen that movie at least twice and, embarassingly, I don't remember anything about a pen.

In the fight in the high school, Martin Blank used the pen Jeremy Piven's character gave him and stabbed Benny "The Jet" Urquidez's character in the neck with it.

On another Cusack/pen-related note, how about the pen Diane Court (Ione Skye) gave Lloyd Dobler (Cusack) in Say Anything? "I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen." :smack:

Munch
03-04-2005, 12:45 PM
Was it perhaps this thread (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=303372) from a week and a half ago?
Wow. I completely missed that thread as well. Must have scanned it subconsiously.

Don Draper
03-04-2005, 03:10 PM
My top 5 horror movie props:

5. Freddie's gloves
4. The Phantasm orb
3. The Hellraiser cube
2. The Chucky doll
1. The Alien face-hugger

About 20 years ago, my sister had a room-mate whose father worked as a SFX man on the original "Exorcist" movie. He kept the life-size mannequin replica of Regan for the scenes in which her head spun around as a souvenir. My sister's room-mate borrowed it for a Halloween party they threw. It looked fake in real life, but it was a lot of fun slapping "Pazzuzu" and watching her head spin around!

Casey1505
03-04-2005, 05:41 PM
The drilldo in the Sex Shop ("Is this some kind of a bust?") in Naked Gun 2 1/2 never fails to crack me up. I nominate that prop.

kunilou
03-04-2005, 06:05 PM
The shower curtain from Psycho as the dying Janet Leigh pulls it off the rod.

For that matter, Mrs. Bates, although I don't know if she qualifies as a prop.

Otto the Autopilot in Airplane

Full-body condom in Naked Gun

The clocks in High Noon

Sam Stone
03-04-2005, 11:26 PM
How about The Batmobile?


The drilldo in the Sex Shop ("Is this some kind of a bust?") in Naked Gun 2 1/2 never fails to crack me up. I nominate that prop.


Or how about "The Anal Intruder" from Top Secret?

"We found him impaled on THIS. He apparently didn't realize that we use 240V in Europe. Our doctors did everything they could, but it took them hours just to get the smile off his face."

mack
03-05-2005, 12:06 AM
I'd like the painting Ted Striker paints in Airplane! - the one with the soldier standing on one leg with the other tucked behind his head, while he holds up a baby in one hand with a jeep and explosions in the background.

ouryL
03-05-2005, 03:18 AM
I can't remember what got me to thinking about this the other day, but I did. And it somewhat amused me for a good hour until I realized I know absolutely nothing about movies. But I was trying to think of the Top Ten movie props of all time, but I ran out of ideas - so what follows is

Munch's Very Abbreviated Top Ten List of Movie Props:

5. Darth Vader's helmet
4. 007's PPK 9mm
3. the Maltese Falcon
2. Dorothy's ruby slippers
1. Rosebud the sled

I have a feeling there are many more movie items out there that would be more impressive than those 5 that I'm completely blanking on, and would love to see what others think.

My criteria is a little muddled - deal with it. I didn't care about how many versions of the prop are in existence or were used in the filming of the movie(s) (I believe there were several Maltese Falcons made, and I'm sure there have been multiple 9mm's used in the Bond films). It's entirely subjective and vague. If you have any suggestions on how to better nail down the definition, those are welcome as well.

knife from psycho

roger thornhill
03-10-2005, 01:34 AM
How about what I believe is Hitchcock's first "McGuffin" - the wine bottles supposedly full of uranium in Notorious (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038787/)...I may not be quite correct about whether it was Hitchcock's first - go looking for a George Kaplan, aka Roger Thornhill, I have a feeling he might be able to tell you more.
Praise be for vanity searches. George Kaplan himself was a McGuffin (as was the microfilm in NBNW). In The 39 Steps, which is really the same film, the McG is the secret - committed to the memory of Mr Memory this time around, rather than celluloid - which the spies are trying to get out of Britain.

Paladud
03-10-2005, 01:50 AM
The row of Jesuses in Alex's room during the scherzo of the Ninth in A Clockwork Orange.

dasgupta
03-10-2005, 09:24 AM
In no particular order...

The flux capacitor... I'd love to have that buzzing away on my wall. Before I leave, I can look at it and comment to the GF
Flux capacitor... fluxing.

The bible with the hole for a rock hammer from The Shawshank Redemption

Chief's broom from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The CRM-114 message decoder (slightly damaged) from Dr. Strangelove

The switchblade from 12 Angry Men

The sign Col. Nicholson places on the bridge in The Bridge on the River Kwai. This is my favorite movie, and I've always wanted that sign. I keep thinking I'll recreate it, but it's not the same.

The holy grail from Indy and the Last Crusade

The cricket bat from Shaun of the Dead

[Hijack]An old coworker of mine was a prop collector. He had one of the cubes from a Hellraiser movie. Each prop cube opened in a different way. He used to bring in these price lists he would get. I remember one item - a 5 foot bug limb from Starship Troopers (slightly singed)

Munch
03-10-2005, 09:32 AM
dasgupta, what's your spoiler from? It helps if you tell us what movie you're spoiling so we don't have to click on it to find out - because then it's spoiled.

Great suggestions - very diverse. I'd want Chief's kitchen sink though!

dasgupta
03-10-2005, 09:34 AM
dasgupta, what's your spoiler from? It helps if you tell us what movie you're spoiling so we don't have to click on it to find out - because then it's spoiled.

Great suggestions - very diverse. I'd want Chief's kitchen sink though!

:smack:

Spoiler is from The Shawshank Redemption