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So I finally got around to watching John Wick 2 this weekend. Pretty good movie.

 

And what did i see in it. you ask? A Classic Commodore 64 computer.

 

It got me wondering what other movies or music videos have people seen classic computers make an appearance in?

 

I know there is a music video with a TI-99/4A in it, but I have not found it yet. I remember seeing it last year.

 

Here is the one from John Wick 2:

 

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Unless the light is bad, you should have little trouble to tell apart the cream coloured VIC-20 and the dust grey C64. Most VIC's have brown function keys, though the last ones had grey keys. Most C64's have grey function keys, though the earliest ones had brown keys. The one in John Wick definitely is a VIC-20.

 

Also try sites like Starring the Computer for at least partial lists.

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Or perhaps the device was called something else in the movie, or was meant to be a fantasy product except instead of manufacturing a brand new mockup, they used an existing item with labels masked away. I doubt film producers seek permission to display every product that appears in the movie, unless they want the manufacturer to sponsor them and make it an active product placement. It would also be unfair to manufacturers whose products generally are so nondescript that you'd have to look closely to determine who made it.

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Tandy CoCo shows up in "This is Spinal Tap"

BBC Micro can be seen in "Electric Dreams"

Atari 800XL can be seen in "D.A.R.Y.L"

Atari 800 and Atari 5200 can be seen in "Cloak and Dagger"

Memotech MTX512 can be seen in "Weird Science"

 

There are a load of them, these are just some of the ones I remember off of the top of my head.

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Spotted Atari computers:

 

"Married … with Children", episode "Old College Try": Bud has an Atari ST in his dorm

 

"Bullyparade – Der Film" (Germany): Löffler has two Atari ST computers on a shelf in his garage

 

"Ein Fall für TKKG – Drachenauge" (Germany): The kids are looking up a poet in a database with a 1040 ST

 

"Police Academy 4" - In the background in the warehouse is a box of a 520 ST

 

"Terminator 2" - The Portfolio scenes should be widely known ;-)

 

http://atarimuseum.de/tv.htm

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So I finally got around to watching John Wick 2 this weekend. Pretty good movie.

 

And what did i see in it. you ask? A Classic Commodore 64 computer.

 

It got me wondering what other movies or music videos have people seen classic computers make an appearance in?

 

I know there is a music video with a TI-99/4A in it, but I have not found it yet. I remember seeing it last year.

 

Here is the one from John Wick 2:

 

 

 

As pointed out already, that is a Vic20. Makes me wonder why a more common inexpensive regular PC keyboard was not used? Perhaps the Vic20 thickness and white color stood out better?

 

Thanks for pointing that out, I just got the DVD from the library to watch this week.

 

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So I finally got around to watching John Wick 2 this weekend. Pretty good movie.

Yes, I saw that Commodore in John Wick 2, also. In other recent movies, a C64C with PET-style datasette sitting on top was in the Charlize Theron pic, "Atomic Blonde". Since the movie is supposed to be in 1989, she is in this "hacker/passport-making" lair, and the place is strewn with computers. The C64C with datasette wasn't doing anything, and neither were the classic Mac's. However, there was an Atari ST with something scrolling on the display monitor.

Then there is the newly-premiered, "Remembering Leonard Nimoy". In this very personal look into the family life of actor/director/writer Nimoy, in one scene it shows him inserting a floppy disk into a brown 1541 with a brown C64 in front of him. It went by so fast that I couldn't recognize the monitor.

 

Writing from Portland, Oregon,

Robert Bernardo

Fresno Commodore User Group

http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

 

Writing from Portland, Oregon,

Robert

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