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Name a movie in which a coin plays an important part.

291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,717 ✭✭✭✭✭
The more obscure the better.

"Somewhere In Time" Christopher Reeves character has a Lincoln cent in his pocket when he travels back in time.
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  • Batman Forever

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    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  • The Goonies!!!
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    Who's Minding the Mint.


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    Friday Night Lights

    Coin (1921 Morgan dollar) toss decides who makes the playoffs.

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  • claychaserclaychaser Posts: 4,405 ✭✭✭✭
    One of the Back to the Future movies had a cool briefcase with money seperated by year. Very cool.


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  • anablepanablep Posts: 4,981 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Hidalgo (Vigo flipped a silver dollar I believe as part of the bet that got him in the race, or something).

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  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,022 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Not a movie, but “Hawaii 5-0” had an episode that featured the 1913 Liberty Nickel. It started off with a coin doctor turning a 1903 into a 1913. Then the crooks palmed the real coin from a dealer and substituted the bogus piece.

    The show started with a number of U.S. coins (it’s been so long I forget which ones) where an announcer quoted prices for each piece to set the stage for how lucrative the coin business is.
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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Back Pearl

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  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,717 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Here's a really obscure one, though it is a tv episode rather than a movie:

    One of the 1975-6 episodes of S.W.A.T. featured an episode built around the robbery of a major coin auction.
    Many coins in Whitman plastic 2x2's were used as props.

    Don't worry, the demented thieves were no match for Hondo Harrellson.

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  • My son liked Saraha.

    anyone remember that twilight zone episode where the coin lands on the edge, as a result the guy could read people's thoughts or something like that?
  • American Buffalo both a movie and a play that features a bufflao nickel and the Red Book with Dennis Franz, Dustin Hoffman and Sean Nelson.

    They are constantly re-running that movie on cable.

    For those who never saw it they're having it on
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    Red book fans will see a big mistake.


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  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,274 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Well this is by no means an obscure movie, it is actually one of the best known movies ever made, but in the US it is likely not very well known. In Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai the character of Katsushiro throws some coins to the desperate farmers who have had their rice stolen and that is the action that reveals that Katsushiro is not just a wandering young man looking for adventure, but is actually from a high ranking or noble family.

    Of note to US film fans, Seven Samurai was later re-made by director John Sturges as The Magnificent Seven.
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  • Titanic, a 1912 dime is used to pay for an artist's sketch. The prop is later encased to be used as a fob for a keychain. I think the director has it.
  • anablepanablep Posts: 4,981 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Han Solo flips a coin (credits?) to the bartender in Episode IV after frying Greedo.
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  • National Treasure

    Okay, so it has to do with bank notes.

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  • The Hunley. Staring Armand Assante as Dixon. He carries the famous $20 gold piece in the movie.
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  • Gods and Generals

    A confederate soldier asks his friend to take the 20 dollar gold piece from him after he dies and to bring it back to his father. Very touching scene. image

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  • there was a tv mission impossible , that was tricking the mark
    in believing that he was still living in the 1930's One of the MI
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  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,717 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Here's one I'm surprised no has mentioned yet:

    Leprechaun

    Not only does it center around the leprechaun's gold coins, it even features a coin dealer. The coin dealer suffers a terrible fate at the hands of the leprechaun even though he doesn't try to rip him.

    Jennifer Anniston was one of the stars.
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  • In one of those Dennis the Menace movies, Mr. Wilson has his coin collection stolen by a burglar. . .
    In the original Willie Wonka movie, Charlie finds a coin in the drain grate which buys him the lucky candy bar. . .
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  • anoldgoatanoldgoat Posts: 1,493 ✭✭✭
    "A Simple Twist of Fate" with Steve Martin. I won't give the plot in case someone wants to see it, a nice touching movie. Involves a gold coin collection/stash.

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  • dcarrdcarr Posts: 7,647 ✭✭✭✭✭
    In the 1962 movie "Zots", an ancient coin with special powers is the MAIN point of the story. When a holder of the coin points at an object and announces "Zots !", the object is destroyed.

  • dcarrdcarr Posts: 7,647 ✭✭✭✭✭
    One episode of "The Streets of San Francisco" is about a coin dealer who counterfeits a wealthy collector's proof double eagles and substitutes fakes for the real coins in the collection. Then he kills the collector. Of course, Michael Douglas and Karl Malden later catch the evil coin dealer.
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    << <i>anyone remember that twilight zone episode where the coin lands on the edge, as a result the guy could read people's thoughts or something like that? >>



    I remember seeing at least one Walker in the coin box.
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  • xbobxbob Posts: 1,979
    Willy Wonka - Charlie finds a coin in the street and buys the chocolate bar with the golden ticket.

    In the newer Tim Burton version of the story - Charlie's Grandpa gives him what looks like a silver dollar to buy the candy bar, it doesn't happen, then Charlie finds a $10 bill in the street and buys the winning bar.

    edit: Echo....echo....I now see that jdsinva already mentioned it and I didn't notice in my quick read through.
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  • I recently saw an episode of " Bonanza " where Festus pulled out a couple $10 Gold Coins.

    Also an episode of " The Twilight Zone " where William Shatner and his wife ( or girlfriend ) was stuck in a town they couldn`t get out of. They went to a diner and kept putting nickles in a " Ask a question " gimmicky-gadget in a booth to get a fortune cookie like answer.

    I can`t think of a movie off hand though.image








  • "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948) when a nameless rich character (played by John Huston) tosses a gold coin to panhandling and penniless vagrant Fred Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart).
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  • TV show "The Wild Wild West" airdate 10/8/65, episode "The Night of Sudden Death". Circus performers steal printing plates from the Carson City Mint and try to flood the US economy with counterfeit currency.
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  • In the movie UHF, a snobby corporate excecutive gives a bum looking for change for a dollar a 1955 DDO cent which he then sells and buys a Rolex watch.

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  • the seventh coin.

    Emil Saber (Peter O'Toole) travels to Jerusalem to seek the seventh coin of King Herod to complete his collection. As Saber searches for the coins, he becomes more and more unhinged, eventually ...
  • "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962) which takes place in the 1930's. Wasn't there a scene, where the children had some trinkets including some coins (indian cents?) in a cigar box. These items were found in the hole of an old tree. They were placed there by Boo Radley (played by Robert Duvall).
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  • michaelmichael Posts: 9,524 ✭✭
    oh my

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    Name a movie in which a coin plays an important part.


    The more obscure the better

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  • coindeucecoindeuce Posts: 13,467 ✭✭✭✭✭
    OMG! Where the h@// are all the Clint Eastwood fans????

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  • I recently saw an episode of " Bonanza " where Festus pulled out a couple $10 Gold Coins.


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    Wasn't Festus on Gunsmoke?
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  • Scarface(1932)--George Raft plays the coin tossing henchman, Guino Rinaldo.
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  • "Goldfinger" (1964). No coin, but a lot of gold.
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  • messydeskmessydesk Posts: 19,461 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm surprised nobody came up with the movie that was out about 8-10 years ago that started with some criminals wanting to knock over PCGS or hijack a shipment of coins from them. I can't remember the name of the movie or who was in it, though.
  • The Wild Bunch, they stole bags of WASHERS thinking they were coins!
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  • originalisbestoriginalisbest Posts: 5,801 ✭✭✭✭
    One episode of the Rockford Files involved Jim snooping around an apparently honest coin dealer, prodding him for information on his case - turns out the coin dealer gig was merely a front for his real vocation, a mafia hitman! image

    Happily, the show's research was impeccable - when walking into the store posing as a "wealthy businessman", Jim was being shown various wares by the dealer/hit man, until he made clear he was just looking for smoething small, appropriate for a beginner - the dealer quickly excused himself and summoned his peon who (cheerfully enough) introduced Jim to various Whitman folders. image

    Unlike most such episodes, the terminology was quite accurate and seemed true-to-life.


    The other numismatic TV episode that comes to mind is when Ricky and Dad found a 3-legged '37 for Dad's collection on "Silver Spoons." Naturally, Ricky sold the '37-D to a coin dealer (who asked no questions!) and tried to substitute one he filed the leg off of. Dad, none too sharp, didn't spot the deception until guilty Ricky confessed! image
  • messydeskmessydesk Posts: 19,461 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Lavender Hill Mod was about a meticulous bank bullion clerk at a bank who decides to rob the bank on his last day. Still can't come up with the movie "starring" PCGS, though.


  • << <i>I recently saw an episode of " Bonanza " where Festus pulled out a couple $10 Gold Coins.


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    Wasn't Festus on Gunsmoke? >>




    Yeah, what was I thinking.image It was Gunsmoke.
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  • mozeppamozeppa Posts: 4,431 ✭✭✭
    on t.v. today.


    Boom town ...clark gable and spencer tracy


    they were oil company owners/ partners in the early days (1940's)

    they had a falling out ...gable flips a counterfeit morgan dollar ....heads or tails for the whole company...and lost.


    great movie .
  • In the 2003 movie Paycheck with Ben Affleck, one of the items he leaves himself is an Eisenhower dollar. It comes in handy towards the end of the movie because it is just the right size to....

    I didn't want to spoil it for anyone.
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  • 'Sam Whiskey'. starring Burt Reynolds.....centers around putting stolen gold BACK into the San Fran Mint, where Burt grabs a double eagle, but, has a conscience and puts it back before they leave the building....


    Messydesk....could it be 'Getting even with Dad'? I believe it had Ted Danson in it.....
  • HalfsenseHalfsense Posts: 600 ✭✭✭
    1947 film, "The Brasher Doubloon," based on the 1942 Raymond Chandler novel, "The High Window," part of Chandler's series of books about fictional detective, Philip Marlowe.

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  • CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 31,252 ✭✭✭✭✭


    << <i>In the 1962 movie "Zots", an ancient coin with special powers is the MAIN point of the story. When a holder of the coin points at an object and announces "Zots !", the object is destroyed. >>



    That's "Zotz," and it wasn't a coin. In the book the movie was based on, which came out during World War II, the item was a medal or amulet that the protagonist, a history professor, was sent as a gift by his nephew who was in the Army in Mesopotamia.

    He was holding the medal when he happened to be hit by lightning, thereby receiving the power to destroy. He spend several chapters trying to convince the authorities to parachute him in to see Adolph Hitler so he could kill him, only to be dismissed as a nut.

    At the end of the book he has given up teaching for a new career, exterminating!

    TD
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