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.
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Trapped on a sinking, capsized cruise ship with a group of terrified passengers and a hyper-macho cop (Ernest Borgnine), Rev. Frank Scott (Gene Hackman) has a lot on his hands. Following his intuition and the advice of a very savvy 10-year-old, he leads the desperate group to its only hope: a ventilation shaft leading out of the engine room. “l'm going next, so if old fat (expletive) gets stuck in there, I won't be caught behind her,” one character says of another. Luckily, there are no such worries, as at about 10 ft in diameter, the ventilation shaft turns out to be larger than the stack breeching on the Queen Mary and made of riveted plate steel. Although the sinking ship posed a worry, there was no lack of fresh air for the refugees.