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Single Malts in the Movies

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Postby Aidan » Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:52 pm

Oliver Stone was in Dublin recently. He was in the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin and asked that a bottle of old Dunvilles be brought to his table. He said he'd pay for what he drank. It's €150 per shot...

Don't know what he thought of it, but he didn't finish the bottle.
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Tue Sep 27, 2005 1:06 pm

I know this strictly isn't on topic but some of this has been discussed in this thread before.
I've decided to buy Local Hero, Whisky Galore and a TV-series as well.
I've seen several highly enjoyable crime series like "Taggart" and a Tv drama series called "A thousand acres of Skye", and I really love what they have to offer about (possibly stereotyping) Scotland. Thus I'm curiuos about the crime series called "Hamish Macbeth" which previously haven't been showed on norwegian tv channels. Have any of you seen it?

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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Sep 27, 2005 1:53 pm

Hamish Macbeth is delightful - but hardly a crime drama. It is set in a village not unlike Local Hero - with plenty of quirky characters without ever being patronizing. The policeman is concerned mainly with keeping village society ticking along without the need to involve the real police from Inverness. At times, there is also a dark, superstitious undercurrent, but mosty it is warm and fuzzy. Very well worth watching.
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Wed Sep 28, 2005 6:05 am

Thanks for your thoughts on the Hamish series Nick! Looks like I have to get it! Do you have any other recommendations?

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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Sep 28, 2005 10:20 am

Is that the one with exteriors filmed in Plockton? Lovely town, I go there every year.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Sep 28, 2005 12:46 pm

Hamish Macbeth was, indeed, filmed in Plockton and Kyle of Lochalsh. I am wary of recommending TV progs as people's tastes vary, but happy to offer my views on progs that others mention - and I think Hamish Macbeth is one of the best.
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Postby bond » Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:55 am

India produces the maximum number of movies in the world.

For years "alcohol" on screen meant VAT 69 (never figured out the reason, its not an incredibly popular whisky either)

For the last couple of years, the odd bottle of single malt is featured. Indeed, a recent hit had an extended discussion around a few drams of single malt (Glenlivet again)
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Postby Lawrence » Sat Oct 08, 2005 6:03 pm

In Saving Grace a bottle of Lagavulin 16 appeared in the pub and the three share a late night dram with the local constable.
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Re: Single Malts in the Movies

Postby MGillespie » Mon Oct 10, 2005 10:46 pm

Nock wrote:It is a bottle of Ardbeg TEN !!!
What is even more amusing (then how dorky it was of me to notice) is that the liquid that he pours is WAY too dark to be Ardbeg (our ever so pale Isla malt). Yet, the label is unmistakable.

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I should have noticed this and commented on it sooner. It may well be that the real Ardbeg was too pale to show up properly on camera during filming, so they replaced it (God forbid!) with something darker...or more likely just used a prop bottle of Ardbeg and filled it with caramel-colored water.

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Postby nicholtl » Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:48 am

Uma Thurman is drinking Macallan 12 as she lies sunbathing on her deck in "BE COOL."

The weather expert in "THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW" busts out a bottle of Balvenie 12 when him and his 2 employees have to hole-up in their office due to the oncoming storm.
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Postby Worm » Mon Oct 17, 2005 12:18 pm

In Family Man, a movie made a couple of years ago starring Nicholas Cage. He opens up his drawer and out comes a well placed Glenlivet 12 Year old, the movement of the drawer miraculously rolls the Glenlivet round and round until it stops with the label right in front of the camera. Movie magic or is it product placement at its best.
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Postby Virginia Gentleman » Fri Jan 13, 2006 1:34 am

In the HBO series Band of Brothers about WWII VAT 69 is mentioned several times as a favorite of American GI's in Europe.
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Postby Crispy Critter » Fri Jan 13, 2006 6:12 am

Worm wrote:In Family Man, a movie made a couple of years ago starring Nicholas Cage. He opens up his drawer and out comes a well placed Glenlivet 12 Year old, the movement of the drawer miraculously rolls the Glenlivet round and round until it stops with the label right in front of the camera. Movie magic or is it product placement at its best.


Yes, corporate corruption at its finest. Interestingly, Quentin Tarantino abhors product placement in his movies, to the point of coming up with his own "brands" (Red Apple cigarettes, Sam's Toaster Pastries, the Teriyaki Donut restaurant chain) or using long-out-of-production products (like Fruit Brute breakfast cereal).

The funny thing is, with liquor I tend to go for things that aren't so heavily advertised - Ardbeg or Aberlour instead of Glenlivet or Glenfiddich, Buffalo Trace or Van Winkle instead of Jim Beam or Jack Daniel's, Guy Lhéraud or Pierre Ferrand instead of Courvoisier or Rémy Martin, etc.

I'm really conflicted about marketing hype - it can really drown out the less-famous producers out there. Yet I remember reading somewhere that Monsieur Lhéraud feels that any publicity for Cognac is a good thing, as people eventually start to look past the big players and discover what else is out there.
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Postby patrick dicaprio » Sat Jan 14, 2006 6:03 pm

Tartan wrote:
Iain wrote:If I remember rightly, Dudley Moore (in the movie Arthur) swigs great quantities of The Glenlivet when he has a nervous meeting with his father-in-law. There's a crucial scene with a bottle of TG near the start of The Man Who Would be King too, when Michael Caine waxes lyrical about "Glenleevit" whisky.
Ah, recently in a Wedding Crashers a Vince Vaughn character "confesses" to a priest about the girl and pours himself and the guy a glassful of Glenlivet (?) I believe it was Glenlivet... now I will HAVE to see it again at some point to check for sure :)

I also remember someone gave a link of a website, whcih breaks down all the drinks consumed in James Bond movies. I remember whisky was quite high on the list.


i just saw Wedding Crashers this week and i think you are correct!

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Postby Mr Fjeld » Tue Feb 21, 2006 3:08 am

I thought it would be a good idea to update my latest "Local Hero" achievements. Unfortunately, it seems a lot of people are trying to get hold of the region 2 version and most of the editions on sale on Ebay are region 1. So, if any of you are thinking about getting a copy you should do so soon as there are almost none left and the few that is - are increasingly costly. A used copy now goes for ca £ 30,- and it isn't going to stop there.

I managed to buy a new copy through a private seller at amazon.uk and I'm really looking forward to pushing the play button and pour myself a dram :)

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Poor old King Haakon

Postby Muskrat Portage » Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:30 am

Christian:
:D I thank God for King Alexander III, otherwise we could be waxing eloquent on "Aquavit in the Movies". :wink: Musky P.
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Re: Poor old King Haakon

Postby Mr Fjeld » Tue Feb 21, 2006 5:18 am

Muskrat Portage wrote:Christian:
:D I thank God for King Alexander III, otherwise we could be waxing eloquent on "Aquavit in the Movies". :wink: Musky P.

:lol:

I'm starting to think you're onto something there musky :D

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Postby rifkin » Mon Mar 27, 2006 3:05 am

Great thread this one! :)

In 25th Hour with Edward Norton, his good friend has some drams of Macallan 18 as it is "the best" although I get the impression he just drinks it to stand out, not fully knowing what he's drinking.

(It's the same guy that play the U.S. sniper in Saving Private Ryan, dunno his name.)
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Postby Aidan » Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:30 am

In the newer version of Alfie, he asks for a Midleton Rare. He doesn't get one, though.
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Postby Choochoo » Fri Mar 31, 2006 7:30 pm

Really like the scene in “The Man who would be King” where Michael Caine takes a swig out of a flask and proclaims "“Genlivit! 12 years old”.
That made me wish I traveled by train more often
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Postby Eric in ABQ » Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:37 am

Not a movie, but Tony Sopprano drinks some Glenlivet in his dream sequence in the first couple of episodes this season.
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Postby WestVanDave » Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:13 am

Eric in ABQ wrote:Not a movie, but Tony Sopprano drinks some Glenlivet in his dream sequence in the first couple of episodes this season.


SPOILER ALERT... Hey Eric - for those of us without satellite dishes - and with our governmental delays in getting the Sopranos in Canada - please IXNAY on the OPRANOSSAY*



* http://www.snowcrest.net/donnelly/piglatin.html
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Postby Virginia Gentleman » Sat Apr 01, 2006 11:08 pm

Eric in ABQ wrote:Not a movie, but Tony Sopprano drinks some Glenlivet in his dream sequence in the first couple of episodes this season.


Seeing Tony drink Scotch on the Sopranos is very common. He usually drinks Glenfiddich. That triangular shaped bottle is easy to pick out.
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Postby Zulumika » Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:49 pm

Wing Commander (1999 featuring Freddie Prinze Jr., Saffron Burrows, Matthew Lillard, Tchéky Karyo.) This movie was inspired from the computer game.

Lt. Todd 'Maniac' Marshall (Lillard) offers some JW red label to his new friends in the r&r room. Latter, Rosie offers some to Angel.
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Swingers!

Postby Di Blasi » Wed Apr 05, 2006 3:17 am

I'm surprised someone has yet to mention the American movie from the '90s called Swingers!
http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&cf=info&id=1800024981
The entire movie is great, with bar shots of bottles I don't remember now. But a great scene in the movie is when one of the characters orders a Scotch! Too funny, as is the rest of it! A must-have in any movie collection, to be watched frequently.
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Re: Swingers!

Postby Virginia Gentleman » Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:24 am

Di Blasi wrote:I'm surprised someone has yet to mention the American movie from the '90s called Swingers!
http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&cf=info&id=1800024981
The entire movie is great, with bar shots of bottles I don't remember now. But a great scene in the movie is when one of the characters orders a Scotch! Too funny, as is the rest of it! A must-have in any movie collection, to be watched frequently.


Swingers is one of my favorite movies. I can't believe I missed that. I am going to watch that again this week.
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Postby Virginia Gentleman » Wed Apr 05, 2006 6:48 am

Swingers (1996) has several mentions of whisky. Early in the movie at the casino in Las Vegas Mike orders a Glenlivet or Glenfiddich or any single malt that begins with Glen but no blends. At the same casino Trent orders a single malt Glen Garioch and one for his friend. Later in the movie on the way to a party they stop at a bar and Mike orders a Dewar's on the rocks. At the party Charles finds a bottle of Glenfiddich and they decide to leave the party when the Glenfiddich bottle is empty. On the way home from the party they stop at one more bar and again Mike orders a Dewar's on the rocks. Great movie.
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Postby MGillespie » Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:02 pm

The latest episode of "The West Wing" shows the night before Election Day and the Santos campaign staff at a hotel bar...one of the campaign managers asks the bartender for his best bottle of Scotch. Most of the label is obscured by the glasses on the bar, but it's a Glenlivet...appears to be the 21YO expression judging from the dark label. Of course, the bar nailed them for $175!

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Postby Mr Fjeld » Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:27 am

Maybe not a movie - yet, but in a book I'm reading now called "Thieves Market" by the swedish author Jan Guillou a bottle of Macallan is stolen. It's supposedly a half bottle and the whisky is a 1927 vintage bought at "Whisky House at Heathrow - allegedly worth 20 000 pounds. The thieves helped themselvs to half of the bottle's content and left the rest on the kitchen counter. Obviously these people haven't been to our forums because they would have known Macallans are overpriced..... 8)

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Postby jimidrammer » Wed Apr 12, 2006 1:49 pm

In the new Harry Potter "The Goblet Of Fire", while no actual bottle, someone professes to only drink Single Malt Whisky. While the stories are far-fetched, I can't help but like the cinematography and special effects. :)
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:15 pm

Goblet of Fire? Must be a blend :lol:
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Tue Apr 25, 2006 6:10 pm

Today I received the third and final season of "Hamish Macbeth" on DVD.
The arrival of "Hamish" and the fact that my better half thinks yesterdays efforts to mend the fence (hard work) made me deserve a whisky today makes this a nice evening. To prove I haven't given in to the devil and his temptations I reluctantly said ok to her suggestion :wink:

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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:29 pm

Eventually got to watch Layer Cake today, During work too :lol:

Whisk(e)y is fair prevelent through out. First I though I saw a HP bottle but could not make it out and a bit skeptical as the white writing is not visible. Then in a sceane with Colm Meaney & Daniel Craig (main carachter) they first tackle a bottle of Tyrconnell Single Irish Malt whiskey then a bottle of Locke's 8yo Single Irish malt. Further still into the film Craig downs a bottle of Macallan and something else which I can't make out... regular bottle shape, beige lable with what appears to be mainly covered by a gold crest. Pleanty of whisky here....
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Postby Paul A Jellis » Fri Apr 28, 2006 9:55 am

Bells features quite strongly in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:13 pm

Paul A Jellis wrote:Bells features quite strongly in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Cheers, Paul



Bong..... Bong ....... Bong ....... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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