What is in this article?:
- HVAC in Popular Movies: Did Hollywood Get It Right?
- Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
- Community, Season 2, Episode 21, "Paradigms of Human Memory," and Season 3, Episode 1, "Biology 101," Episode 6, "Advanced Gay," Episode 21, "The First Chang Dynasty," and Episode 22, "Introduction to Finality" (2011-2012)
- 24, Season 5, episodes 12 ("6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.") and 13 ("7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.") (2006)
- The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
- Mission: Impossible (1996)
- Die Hard (1988)
- Adventures of Superman, Season 3, Episode 7: "Olsen's Millions" (1955)
- The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
- Aliens (1986)
- Ocean's Eleven (2001)
- Dr. No (1962)
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
- Die Hard 2 (1990)
- No Country for Old Men (2007)
- Entrapment (1999)
- About the author
An engineer and film critic takes a look at 13 movies and three TV series whose makers were not about to let HVAC fundamentals get in the way of a good story.
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
In the original “Star Wars,” the Empire’s Death Star is a force to be reckoned with. Generating a death ray capable of vaporizing an entire planet, the space station seems indestructible—except, that is, for a troublesome thermal exhaust duct. It appears even Death Stars have some need for ventilation. The exhaust duct runs from something thermonuclear deep inside the superweapon, although we do not get to know what, exactly, it is exhausting. Perhaps excess neutrons? Stray Higgs bosons? A photon torpedo into the duct from Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is the only chance to save, well, everything. Will he succeed? If you do not know the answer to that, you must have grown up on the planet Xenon.