What is in this article?:
- HVAC in Popular Movies: Did Hollywood Get It Right?
- 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 11 movies and three TV series whose makers were not about to let HVAC fundamentals get in the way of a good story.
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Forty-eight minutes into this film noir, directed by John Huston and featuring a then-little-known Marilyn Monroe, leading man Dix Handley (Sterling Hayden), trying for one last big score so he can buy back his father’s Kentucky horse farm, drops into New York’s seething steam tunnels. Lucky for Dix, the tunnels are uncharacteristically cold; there is no steam in the pipes. Anybody who has ever worked in the New York netherworld of utility distribution knows the steam never is off in these passages; it is required by hospital sterilizers and dehumidification systems all year long. During summer and winter, the tunnels are as hot and humid as an afternoon in Singapore. Neither hair nor makeup was harmed in the making of this film.