Vintage computers in movies

From: Roger Ivie <>
Date: Tue Dec 19 11:28:09 2000

Hooray! Whatever was preventing my access to
ClassicCmp seems to have been cleared up.

There's a Commodore Pet in the first Star Trek movie. It's
in Kirk's apartment and is painted silver (you can see it
behind him when he opens the door to let McCoy in when
McCoy gives him the glasses).

The fun thing about the PDP-8/e in "Three Days of the Condor"
is that there was a computer magazine which used that as a
trivia question, but gave the answer as being a PDP-11; they
didn't print my nasty letter to the editor...

Does anyone know what is used in "Rollerball"? IIRC, there are
some prominent Sperry logos, but I don't know enough about
Sperry equipment to be able to identify it.

The secretary in "Ghostbusters" uses a DECmate II.

The video phone in "Buckaroo Bonzai" is a DEC machine; the
logo is covered up, but it's too small to be a Pro, so it's
either a Rainbow or a DECmate II.

There's a forest of Crays in "Reno Williams", although the
actual user interface is done on a PC. I presume the forest
of Crays was done with mirrors.
Roger Ivie
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Received on Tue Dec 19 2000 - 11:28:09 GMT

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