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.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
In this adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1964 children's novel, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” poor Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) finds one of five Golden Tickets hidden among candy maker Willy Wonka’s famous Wonka Bars and receives the opportunity of a lifetime: a tour of the mysterious Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Charlie’s Grandpa Joe (Jack Albertson) accompanies him on the tour. About halfway through, as other kids in the tour group are eliminated for failing to show character under the duress of fountains of chocolate, Charlie and Grandpa Joe sneak a drink of a strange soda and are drawn into a ventilation shaft full of bubbles, up toward a menacing propeller fan. The solution? Burping, of course. As the two belch, they are gently let down, and disaster is avoided. Warning to engineers: Charlie and Grandpa Joe are trained professionals. Do not try this at your desk.