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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.



Movies

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)
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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
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2047
(Sights of death)
2014 Danny Glover
Daryl Hannah
Michcael Madsen
Rutger Hauer
About 1hr into this SciFi movie, an Icom IC-756PROII is used. There are also promotion posters for both the Pro II and the Icom IC-7000 clearly visible.

Type: SciFi, Action, Thriller
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Alien Vs Predator Requiem 2007 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
.
American Made 2017 Tom Cruise
Sarah Wright
Domhnall Gleeson
Jesse Plemons
In this crime movie based on a true story, Barry Seal is using a Ray Jefferson 680-ADF to navigate his plane. It is very briefly seen at around 25 minutes into the movie.

Type: Action, Biography, Comedy, Crime
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Baywatch 2017 2017 Dwayne Johnson
Zac Efron
Alexandra Daddario
Kelly Rohrbach
about 1hr 27m Into this comic remake, an Icom IC-M324 is briefly but clearly seen


Type: Action, Thriller
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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
.
Bird Box 208 Sandra Bullock
Trevante Rhodes
Jacki Weaver
Rosa Salazar
In this post-apocalyptic thriller, Malorie (Sandra Bullock) is using a Cobra HH 38 WXST on several occasions throughout the movie.

Type: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
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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
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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.
Death Race 2008 Jason Statham
Joan Allen
Tyrese Gibson
Ian McShane
About 1hr 16m Into this Movie, we get to see a Hallicrafters CB-3A CB radio,
A Blast from the Past

Type: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller.
Death Wish 2008 Bruce Willis
Elisabeth Shue
Vincent D'Onofrio
Dean Norris
About 1hr 22m Into this Movie, we can see the well known Hytera MD-785 FM/DMR Transceiver


Type: Action/Thriller.
Die Hard 1989 Bruce Willis
Alan Rickman
Bonnie Bedelia
About 55m 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 3
With a Vengeance
1995 Bruce Willis
Samuel L. Jackson
Jeremy Irons
Graham Greene
About 30m Into this Movie, McClane is using a Cobra 19 Ultra to make a fake emergency call. 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
Live free or Die hard
2007 Bruce Willis
Maggie Q
Justin Long
About 6m 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.
Heat 1995 Robert DeNiro
Al Pacino
Val Kilmer
Jon Voight
In just under 10 Minutes Into this action Movie, the robbers monitor the police with a
RadioShack PRO-2030 Scanner, and a RadioShack PRO-2036 Scanner
Type: Crime, Drama, Thriller.
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.
Highwaymen 2004 Jim Caviezel
Rhona Mitra
Frankie Faison
Colm Feore
Around 7:30 minutes into this thriller, a Cobra 148 NW ST with the S-meter replaced by a LED bar, and two BC-760XLT's Uniden Bearcat BC-760XLT can be seen in Rennie's car. The police listens on a Cobra 18 WX ST II about 42:43 minutes into the movie.
Type: Action
How It Ends 2018 Paul Schiff
Forest Whitaker
Kat Graham
Mark O'Brien
About 30 minutes into this disaster thriller, some native americans are using a
Hallicrafters S-53A for searching for radio transmissions.

Type: Action
Independence day
Resurgence
2016 Liam Hemsworth
Jeff Goldblum
Maika Monroe
Bill Pullman
About 1hr 19m Into This Movie, the crew on one of the ships in the mid-atlantic salvage expedition hooks up an old Yaesu FT-101E so they can communicate with Area 51..

Type: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Jaws 2 1978 Roy Scheider
Lorraine Gary
Murray Hamilton
Jeffrey Kramer
About 22 minutes into this horror/thriller flic, chief Brody is using a Hy-Gain 2 (1292) to communicate with deputy Hendricks while he is at sea.

Type: Drama, Horror, Thriller.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some Like It Hot 1959 Marilyn Monroe
Jack Lemmon
Tony Curtis
George Raft
About 1hr 40m into this classic comedy, a Hallicrafters S-20R is used by
Osgood Fielding III as a Marine VHF Telephone.

Type: Action.
Spectral 2016 James Badge Dale
Emily Mortimer
Max Martini
Bruce Greenwood
About 11 Minutes into this SciFi Movie, in the US Base in Moldova, a Kenwood TS-940S
can briefly be seen.

Type: Action.
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 island of Dr. Moreau 1996 Marlon Brando
Val Kilmer
David Thevlis
Fairuza Balk
At about 0:47 and 0:54 in this scifi drama, we can se the island's radio station, consisting of an
Icom IC-765 with an SM-8 desk mike and a Yaesu FL-2100Z FL-2100Z Power Amplifier. This Mihht well have been Brando's own equipment as he actually was an active Radio Amateur.
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.
Transformers
(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
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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
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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.




Communications On The Televison

There are quite a few TV Series where Two Way Radios, 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 TV Series or Program.



TV Series

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Movie Title Year Starring Notes
El Chapo 2017-> Marco de la O
Humberto Busto
Alejandro Aguilar
Rodrigo Abed
In season 2, episode 4 of this crime drama based on a true story, a pair of Icom IC-R71A is used to tap in on the action.
Type: Drama?i.
Fear The Walking Dead 2015-> Kim Dickens
Alycia Debnam-Carey
Lennie James
Jenna Elfman
In the beginning of episode 11 in season 4, Morgan steps into a truck stop where he finds a working Kenwood TS-830S and a bunch of HT's It can be seen even more in season 4 finale.
Type: ?i.
Gotham 2014-2019 Ben McKenzie
David Mazouz
Sean Pertwee
Camren Bicondova
Robin Lord Taylor
In episode 1, 2 and 4 of season 5, we can see captain Gordon communicate with the mainland on a National NC-173 or possibly an NC-183. A nice Turner desk mike is connected to it.
Type: ?i.
Life On Mars
(Series 1 Episode 3)
2006 John Simm
Philip Glenister
Liz White
Dean Andrews
Marshall Lancaster
About 40 Seconds into this Episode, We See Detective Inspector Sam Tyler using a PYE Westminster F 15 FM.
Mobile Radio In the unmarked Ford Cortina MKIII Police Car
Type: Science Fiction/Thriller/Drama.
Lost In Space 2018-> Toby Stephens
Molly Parker
Maxwell Jenkins
Taylor Russell
In s1, ep5 of this re-imagined sci-fi series, the ground team tries to contact the mothership "Resolute" with what appears to be a Yaesu FT-2980R. It can be more clearly seen in s1, ep9 although it has been taped to cover the brand and model number. In s1, ep10 they're aven communicating via the good ol' morse code.
Type: ?i.
Marvel
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2013-> Clark Gregg
Ming-Na Wen
Chloe Bennet
Elizabeth Henstridge
Iain De Caestecker
In season 5, episode 3 of this sci-fi series, agent Coulson is tuning in on an Icom IC-756 Pro aboard an alien spaceship. The model number is impossible to see, but the Pro has a meter scale in red, green and yellow, as opposed to Pro II and III with their meter scale in red, green and white. The Pro can be seen at about 19:10 and 25:30. It's powered by a Samlex SEC-1223 PSU.
Type: ?i.
Stranger Things 2016-> Winona Ryder
Noah Schnapp
Millie Bobby Brown
Gaten Matarazzo
The main characters are using CB HT's to keep in contact. Two of these are the huge Realistic TRC-206 and TRC-214. In the school's A/V-club, they also have a Heathkit DX-60 and an HR-10.
Type: ?i.
The Blacklist 2013-> Megan Boone
James Spader
Diego Klattenhoff
Ryan Eggold
In season 5, episode 9, Elizabeth Keen transmits on a Swan 270 Cygnet in her country hideaway. It's supposed to be a VHF radio for weather reporting, but in the real world, we all know it's a ham transceiver for the HF bands.
Type: ?i.
The Blacklist
Redemption
2017 Ryan Eggold
Famke Janssen
Edi Gathegi
Tawny Cypress
In episode five of this short lived spinoff, a Uniden UM-380 is used to send distress beacons.
Type: ?i.
The Last Ship 2014-2018 Eric Dane
Adam Baldwin
Bridget Regan
Charles Parnell
In episode eight in the fifth and final season, CMC Russ Jeter is using a Galaxy DX-2547 to alert commander Chandler and his team about the command center takeover.
Type: ?i.
Timeless 2016-2018 Abigail Spencer
Matt Lanter
Malcolm Barrett
Goran Visnjic
In the pilote episode of this scifi series packed with historic references, we briefly get to see a Uniden Bearcat BC-75XLT and a Yaesu FL-101.
Type: ?i.
Young Sheldon 2018-> Iain Armitage
Zoe Perry
Lance Barber
Annie Potts
In season 1, episode 16, Sheldon is using the PA function of a President Dwight D. located in the principal's office. It has the matching speaker and a Turner desk mike connected to it.
Type: ?i.