Ron Reed

Movie Calendar

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2010 (1984)

Jan 30, 2001 - Date that a White House directive was signed initiating protocol for the HAL 9000 to keep certain aspects of the Jupiter mission secret from the crew.  This goes against HAL's programming, causing his malfunction.

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Wild Wild West (1999)

May 10, 1869 - The driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, Utah.  This also played a prominent part in The Lone Ranger (2013).

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THE BAD BATCH

There's a night scene between the overly pretty blonde girl and the overly muscular Cuban cannibal, where two dates are painted on a rock behind them: June 7 and September 12.  Both have years as well, but I didn't make a point of memorizing those.  

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The Campaign (2012)

 

Oct 19, 2012 - this scene...

 

The election takes place on Nov. 6th, 2012.

 

I haven't seen this all the way through, but it probably has many more dates.

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11.22.63 

From Stephen King time travel novel about Lee Harvey Oswald et al. A true Date Movie, with a title that's nothing but a date.

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BLOW OUT takes place in Philadelphia on the fictional Liberty Day - a special celebration, marking 100 years since the Liberty Bell was last rung. I don't know if the date shows up in the film, but I found this:

The Philadelphia Public Ledger, February 26, 1846: "The old Independence Bell rang its last clear note on Monday last in honor of the birthday of Washington and now hangs in the great city steeple irreparably cracked and dumb." http://www.ushistory.org/libertybell/

Feb 26 was a Thursday in 1846, so the preceding Monday - the date of the last ringing of the Independence Bell - would have been Feb 23. No idea why they celebrated George's birthday the day after his birthday, which was February 22.  (Actually, he was born Feb 11, but that was under the old Julian calendar; when they switched to the Gregorian calendar in 1752, his birthday became February 22).  I do realize that Washington's Birthday is always celebrated on a Monday, but that only began in 1968 when the Monday Holiday Law shifted several national observances from their specific dates to Mondays, providing more long weekends. Washington's celebration was moved to the third Monday of February, ensuring that it could never fall on his actual birthday, since the third Monday in February can never be celebrated later than February 21.

So I'm going to go with February 23, 1846 as the date of the last ringing of the Liberty Bell, citing the Philadelphia Public Ledger. That said, while the film could be set in February judging by the clothing, it's definitely not set in 1946. But there you go. I figure the screenwriter just thought it was a cool idea that the voice of liberty had been silenced for a hundred years - so who cares about history, right?

(I watched the film a few years ago with Jan Kiesser and some other friends. Jan was camera operator on the shoot, and had all kinds of great stories to tell. But I don't remember noticing any dates in the movie.)

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Chungking Express - the first section of the film concludes on May 1st, and we see a calendar change to April 29th and 30th leading up to that.

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THE BIG SICK

June 10 and May 3, within a minute or so of each other. I hope to see the movie again (we had to leave before the end because my wife was feeling sick. Not big sick, just little sick...), so I'll provide a bit more detail.

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The Andromeda Strain (1971)

 

Several dates during the opening credits appear on top secret government files for Project Scoop, and Project Wildfire including - 07-27-1970, Oct. 4, 1970, Nov. 11, 1970.

The crisis takes place over 4 days, beginning Feb. 5th, 1971 and ending Feb. 8th, 1971.

A secret congressional hearing on the matter takes place April 14th, 1971.

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