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Surprise, it's that time of year again. To publically thank Engineers, the economic backbone of the world, and the folks who brought you the Space Shuttle, Ford Explorer, Firestone tires, the JVC 30k Dvhs deck (guaranteed to break down after 91 days), and Microsoft Windows. But, seriously, where would this forum be without the dvd, tv, pj, audio amp, speakers, and all the other wonderful devices produced by engineers? Help me compile a list of movies with engineers in them. Scientists are ok, but the science must be practical, as opposed to theoretical. You'd be surprised, but there are more movies with psychos in them than there are with engineers.

AntiTrust

Back to the Future, I-III

Desk Set

Edison the Man

Hollow Man

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, etc.

Office Space

Philadelphia Experiment

September Affair

Spy Kids 1 & 2

Star Trek series (good old Scottie: "Capn' I cannuh defy the laws of physics")

Story of Alexander Graham Bell

Tucker, the Man and his Dreams

X -- the man with the X-ray Eyes
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I think I felt more self-important this week for some reason.

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I was unaware, but now that you mention it I do feel more self-important, but I need a refund on all the self-important days that I missed.
Maybe a raincheck....
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" You'd be surprised, but there are more movies with psychos in them than there are with engineers."
Psychos write better documentation.

International House (1933) -Television
The Magic Box (1951) -Cinematography
No Highway (1951) -Aeronautics
Dam Busters (1954) -Ballistics
Flight of the Pheonix (1965) -Aeronautics
Collossus: The Forbin Project (1970) -Cybernetics
Winds of Kittyhawk (1978) -Aeronautics
Longitude (2000) -Horology
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Wow, is there a National Tech week for the guys who take what the engineers do on paper and actually make it function properly in the real world?? :D :D :D

Just kidding... and to prove it tonight I'll hug my Dad, Westinghouse engineer for 50 years (ret.)

I don't suppose I can get ReAnimator to qualify as a psycho and an engineer... he was more of a mad scientist but he did create the serum and find a practical application...

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Apollo 13

Revenge of the Nerds I&II

Thanks for reminding that I need to order the "Longitude" DVD, APG - I read the (excellent) book, and even cut short my pub time to visit H1-H4 in Greenwich... what a nerd I am :D

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Runaway Train
The Great Lococmotive Chase
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Cheaper by the Dozen
Frank and Lilian Gilbreth, Industrial Engineers.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!! :D
The Man in the White Suit

And, if not exactly about engineers, at least featuring them:

From the Earth to the Moon
Apollo 13
Ghostbusters (for Egon)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Sir Bedevere, logician and constructor of the Trojan Rabbit)


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Oh, and of course-

Mousehunt

-- after all, building a better mousetrap is the essence of engineering!!
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In a sort of way, you could add "Real Genious" I guess, though it's a comedy. Definitely Apollo 13 has some of the most "engineers as heros" scenes I can recall seeing in a movie.

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OK OK, my very short list:

Independance Day
Jurrassic Park (Software & Genetic):rolleyes:
James Bond series (Q of course)


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In a sort of way, you could add "Real Genius" I guess, though it's a comedy.
Very good movie. I like Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius as well. Good role model for a kid who wants to become a future engineer/scientist, and certainly has the brains to do so. I wouldn't want my kid emulating eminem in 8 Mile.
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I wouldn't want my kid emulating eminem in 8 Mile.
Except the getting really rich part maybe.

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Another good engineer movie:

"Falling Down" with Michael Douglas.

Check it out if you haven't.

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The Dish is a great little movie that really doesn't get enough respect. It's funny and has a lot of soul and is quite touching in places.

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