Communications In The Movies

There are quite a few movies where Scanners, CB radios, Amateur radios and/or Radio Amateurs appear,

Below are just a few, Callsigns may be Ficticious or real. Radio Amateurs are sometimes used as consultants,

and since they like to promote the hobby wherever possible, there may be hidden messages in

some movies, especially where morse code (CW) is used.

By clicking on the Title you can see a poster, dvd cover or ad for that particular Movie.

Movie Title Year Starring Notes
100 Days In The Jungle 2002 Michael Riley
Aidan Devine
Jonathan Scarfe
Adrien Dorval
In this Movie, the Negotiators are using a Kenwood TS-820S to keep in contact with the kidnappers.

Type: Drama (Based on a True Story)
2012 2009 John Cusack
Amanda Peet
Danny Glover
Woody Harrelson
30 minutes into this action packed movie, Charlie Frost's camper Features a Yaesu FT-736R, A Fanon CB, and a Realistic Pro-2020 Scanner.

Type: Action, Thriller
Alien Vs Predator Requiem 2007 Steven Pasquale
Reiko Aylesworth
John Ortiz
Johnny Lewis
About 60 minutes into the movie, an Icom IC-756PROII is used. There are also promotion posters for both the Pro II and the Icom IC-7600 clearly visible.

Type: SciFi
Bear Island 1979 Donald Sutherland
Vanessa Redgrave
Richard Widmark
Christopher Lee
A few minutes into this Movie, whilst being pursued by the bad guys
across the snow, The good guy makes it to his tent to call for help
using a Yaesu FT-200
Type: Action, Thriller
Blast from the Past 1998 Brendan Fraser
Alicia Silverstone
Christopher Walken
Sissy Spacek
About 6 minutes into this comedy, a Hallicrafters S-40 is briefly displayed.

Type: Comedy
Blue Monday
(Blå måndag)
2001 Göran Gillinger
Eva Röse
Viktor Bolin
Linda Ulvaeus
we can see in the beginning of this Swedish Movie, a classic Motorola GP-300 is clearly visible. During a shootout towards the end, we can briefly see a police officer grab an Ericsson P-305 from his patrol car.
Type: Action/Thriller.
Cliffhanger 1993 Sylvester Stallone
John Lithgow
Michael Rooker
Janine Turner
In the beginning of the movie, young Ellie, with callsign W9GFO, sits by her ham station, a Collins KWM-2A, calling CQ. She has a brief QSO with K4WLD in Florida. About 30 minutes into the movie, the SETI crew is using non-ham HT's of unknown brand.
Type: Action/Adventure/Thriller.
Contact 1997 Jody Foster
Matthew McConaughey
Tom Skerritt
Angela Bassett
In the beginning of the movie, young Ellie, with callsign W9GFO, sits by her ham station, a Collins KWM-2A, calling CQ. She has a brief QSO with K4WLD in Florida. About 30 minutes into the movie, the SETI crew is using non-ham HT's of unknown brand.
Type: Sci-Fi.
Die Hard 1989 Bruce Willis
Alan Rickman
Bonnie Bedelia
About 55 minutes into this movie, on Thornburgs desk, is a Kenwood TS-711 together with a couple of unidentified Scanners. Also, the terrorists are using Kenwood TH-41AT HT's which are capable of amazing things such as full duplex and very sensitive VOX (movie fake of course).
Type: Action/Thriller.
Die Hard 2 1990 Bruce Willis
William Atherton
Bonnie Bedelia
The terrorists are using Kenwood TH-45AT HT's throughout the film. The counter terrorist team has a Kenwood TS-940 with the SM-220 station monitor on top of it.
Type: Action/Thriller.
Die Hard 4 2007 Bruce Willis
Maggie Q
Justin Long
About 6 minutes in McClane (Bruce Willis) answers a call on an ADI AR-147
Transceiver. Also towards the end of the film, we see McClane using a
Uniden Bearcat BCT-15 Scanner, (Installed in the semi trailer) as a CB transceiver !.
Type: Action/Thriller, ....Also known as 'Live Free or Die Hard'.
Dr No
(James Bond)
1962 Sean Connery
Ursula Andress
Joseph Wiseman
Bernhard Lee
About 4 minutes into the movie, a female agent with callsign W6N, is using a K.W. Vanguard to call G7W in London. Next to it is an Eddystone 840/A. The woman is killed and the scene shifts to London, where more than ten Racal RA 17L or RA 117 receivers are displayed (it's impossible to see the difference between the two).
Type: Spy/Action.
Dukes Of Hazzard
(The Begining)
2006 Jonathon Bennet
Randy Wayne
April Scott
Willie Nelson
The CB Radio in the Duke's Dodge Charger is a Cobra 29 LTD Classic.
Type: Action/Comedy.
Dukes Of Hazzard 2005 Seann William Scott
Johnny Knoxville
Jessica Simpson
Willie Nelson
There are several CB rigs seen in this comedy. The Duke's Dodge Charger sports a Cobra 29 WX NW ST, Boss Hogg's Cadillac has a white Cobra 75 WX ST and I yet have to identify the radio in Cooters tow truck.
Type: Action/Comedy.
Eye Of The Tiger 1986 Garey Busey
Yaphet Kotto
Seymour cassel
Garey Listens in on the Police with a Regency MX3000 Scanner
Type: Action/Thriller.
Frequency 2000 Dennis Quaid
James Caviezel
Shawn Doyle
In this movie, a Heathkit SB-301 plays a central role. It's used as a transceiver, but as you probably know, it's actually a receiver.
Type: Thriller.
Getaway 2013 Ethan Hawke
Selena Gomez
Jon Voight
A Kenwood TM-D710A is briefly displayed on the dashboard of a specially customized Shelby Mustang.
Type: Action/Thriller.
Grand Theft Auto 1977 Ron Howard
Nancy Morgan
Elizabeth Rogers
About 38 minutes into this Comedy a Hy-Gain II cn be seen being used by two pursuers of the Rolls Royce,
Also being used are some Realistic TRC (Unknown Model Numbers) Handheld CB Radios by the pursuers in both helicopter and Cars Type: Comedy/Road Movie.
High Heels & Low Lifes 2001 Minnie Driver
Mary McCormack
Kevin McNally
In the beginning of this action comedy, a Kenwood TM-V7 is used to eavesdrop on cellphones. The frequencies displayed are not from any cellphone band, but that's Movies for you.
Type: Action/Comedy.
High-Ballin' 1978 Peter Fonda
Jerry Reed
Helen Shaver
Chris Wiggins
About 13 Minutes into this action comedy, a Pace 1000B Basestation CB Radio is used by 'Duke' (Jerry Reed) and another Pace 1000B Basestation CB Radio is seen about 26 Minutes into the Movie. And 2 Minutes later an as yet unidentified Mobile CB Radio is used by 'Pickup' (Helen Shaver). About 8 Minutes later another unidentified Mobile CB Radio is used by 'Duke' in his Truck, And lastly A Realistic Navaho Basestation TRC-440 Basestation CB Radio is seen being used bi 'King Caroll' in his office.
Type: Action/Comedy.
Joy Ride 2001 Steve Zhan
Paul Walker
Leelee Sobieski
Jessica Bowman
In this Road Movie, Fuller (Steve Zahn), Buys a Cherokee Nightrider 150 CB Radio
(The original Analog S-Meter has been replaced by an LED Bargraph)
and plays a prank on a trucker with deadly consequences
Type: Thriller, ....Also known as Roadkill.
Lethal weapon 2 1989 Mel Gibson
Danny Glover
Joe Pesci
Patsy Kensit
In the beginning of this action movie, the police officers are listening in on
Riggs & Murtaugh's hot pursuit with a Realistic PRO-48 and a Realistic PRO-2001.
Type: Action.
Nightwaves 2003 Sherilyn Fenn
David Nerman
Bruce Dinsmore
Francis X McCarthy
This Canadian TV-movie is a crime story woven around eavesdropping. The Scanner in question appears to be a Uniden/Bearcat BC-898T which is hooked up to all sorts of audio equipment and controlled by a computer.
Type: Action/Thriller.
Nightcrawler 2014 Jake Gyllenhaal
Rene Russo
Bill Paxton
In this Crime.Thriller There appears to be a Realistic PRO-7A or PRO-78
Being used
Type: Action/Thriller.
Paul 2011 Simon Pegg
Nick Frost
Seth Rogen (Voice)
in this Movie, Moses is seen using Regency ACT-R10 eavesdropping on the local police.
Type: SciFi/Comedy.
Smokey and the Bandit 1977 Burt Reynolds
Sally Field
Jerry Reed
In this Movie, The Bandit is seen using Pace 10-4U Scanner to listen to the local police,
And a Pace CB-166 To Communicate With Cledus "Snowman" Snow.
Type: Action/Comedy.
Spider-Man 3 2007 Tobey Maguire
Kirsten Dunst
James Franco
Peter Parker (Maguire) is using a Realistic PRO-48 to monitor the local police frequencies
Type: Action.
Taken 2008 Liam Neeson
Maggie Grace
Leland Orser
About halfway into this action movie, Bryan Mills is using an Alinco DJ-S41C together with a Nokia cellphone to fool the french security agents.
Type: Action/Thriller.
Terry & June
(Eyeball Eyeball)
1982 Terry Scott
June Whitfield
Ian Masters
In this episode of the TV Series "Terry & June" (Season 5, Episode 4)
Terry is seen using an Elftone ELCB6000 in his living room & later on
talking on an LCL Economy 40 FM while out in his car.
Type: Comedy.
The Anderson Tapes 1971 Sean Connery
Dyan Cannon
Martin Balsam
While Duke Anderson (Connery) and gang are robbing a block of apartments, A young boy uses a Heathkit HW-101 To radio for help Type: Action.
The Bank Job 2008 Jason Statham
Saffron Burrows
Stephen Campbell Moore
Hattie Morahan
A Radio Amateur Picks up the Bank Robbers Walkie Talkies, Whilst Tuning his Yaesu FT-101 And Informs The local police
Type: Action.
The Ring 2 2005 Naomi Watts
Max Rourke
Elizabeth Perkins
About 11 minutes into this Movie, we can see a Regency ACT-E106, and a Regency R-2060 and a Uniden BC-9000XLT in action in the News reporters office.
Type: Horror.
Thunder Run 1986 Forrest Tucker
John Ireland
John Shepherd
Jill Whitlow
Wallace Langham
Graham Ludlow
Alan Rachins
About An Hour into this action movie, A Sharp CB-2460 can Be Seen In The Terrorists VW Beetle Whilst He Is Pursuing ''Thunder'' A Few Minutes Later it has Miraculously Disappeared from the Dashboard In Another close Up!. Also A Midland 76-900 is being used by a Friends Back at Base To Keep In Touch With Charlie & Chris. And Lastly In the Pursuing Truck, a Realistic TRC-424 Is Pulled Out Of The Dashboard And Destroyed By The Terrorist
Type: Action/Thriller.
Tomb Raider
(The Cradle of Life)
2003 Angelina Jolie
Gerard Butler
Noah Taylor
Lara Croft goes Yaesu! Yes it's true. About 58 minutes into this movie, Lara and Terry enters a bio lab, where Lara grabs a Yaesu VX-7R from an unconscious guard.
Type: Action.
(Age Of Extinction)
2014 Mark Wahlberg
Nicola Peltz
Jack Reynor
Li Bingbing
About 51 Minutes into this Sci-Fi Movie, we can clearly see a Cobra 148 GTL inside the cockpit of Optimus Prime when he is in Truck Mode.
Type: Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi.
Up Close & Personal 1996 Robert Redford
Michelle Pfeiffer
Stockard Channing
After about 45 minutes, we get to see a Realistic PRO-54 in Warren Justice's home.

Type: Romantic/Drama
Vanishing Point 1996 Viggo Mortensen
Jason Priestley
Peta Wilson
Keith David
In this remake of the 1971 movie, Kowalski buys a used Realistic PRO-48 from an ex marine to monitor the police activities. The local broadcast station (KBHX) is listening in with a Realistic PRO-2022 .
Type: Action.
Virus 1999 Jamie Lee Curtis
Donald Sutherland
William Baldwin
Joanna Pacula
In this Sci-Fi movie, the crew is running around on a science ship, using Kenwood TH-27A HT's. For one brief moment, one of them is clearly displayed.

Type: Sci-Fi/Horror
Where Eagles Dare 1968 Richard Burton
Clint Eastwood
Mary Ure
Sir Michael Hordern
Smith (R.Burton) is using a British Wireless set no.18 to keep in contact with HQ ("Broadsword" calling "Danny Boy"). The short telescopic whip antenna is a movie fake though. The real antenna is made for the lower HF spectrum and consists of a number of copper tubings that threads together.
Type: Action.