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Movies with References to Scouting


AMERICAN BEAUTY

near the very end Kevin Spacey is thinking of the good things in his childhood and there is a B&W image of him on the grass thinking about Scout Camp. (Source: Kevin Mitten-Moore)

APOLLO 13

There was a reference to Scouting in Apollo 13 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were trying to distract Jim Lovell's mother when the bad news came through. They asked whether Jim had made Eagle Scout or not, and she said that he had. (Source: Russ Bader)

ARMAGEDDON

When Bruce Willis is told he has to train astronauts how to drill in outer space, he tells the boss (Billy Bob Thorton) something like "I can't teach these boy scouts to do this...". He then argues that it would be easier to train his drillers to be astronauts than astronauts to be drillers. Yah right. (Source: Kevin Moore)

BUG'S LIFE

There is a scene where the ladybug character, with a broken leg, has to recupuriate. All the kids come to her (him) and he acts like he hates it but really he likes having the children around him. Remember the children are baby ants. At one point adult ants looking in on him say "He makes such a good den mother..." (Source: Kevin Moore)

CHARIOTS OF FIRE

Although Scouts are not mentioned, they are shown excorting the athletes in various scenes. (Source: Tim Nafziger)

CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER

In once sequence, Ritter issued the ultimate insult to Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) when Ryan wouldn't play along with the illegal activities: "You are SUCH a Boy Scout!" (Source: Keith Tilley)

CONSPIRACY THEORY

In a weak moment I decided to watch a movie called Conspiracy Theory and and I am sure that at one point early in the movie when the Mel Gibson character was describing what he thought was wrong with the socialization of children today he said.... "The boys have all been Baden-Powell'd.... the girls have all been Betty Crocker'd...." (Source: Stan Rudnick)

DEATH RACE 2000

(Source: Kevin Moore)

DESIRE AND HELL AT SUNSET MOTEL

About 10 minutes before the end of the movie there is a man (David Hewlett) talking to Sherri Lynn Doyle in a hotel room and in their conversation says "Scouts Honour". (Source: Kevin Moore)

FULL METAL JACKET

The character "Cowboy" is a Brave in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.  He apparently is wearing his Brave's pouch and claw.  Mic-O-Say is an honor Scout organization.  (Source: Philip Riley)

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE

The opening sequences features the young Indiana Jones with his Scout Troop and his adventure in trying to get a gold cross away from some grave robbers in the American Southwest. (Source: Peter Farnham)

The actor was River Phoenix, I don't think he was a Scout, but I'm not sure about that.

The Scout did have a Life rank patch. Even though Steven Speilberg was an Eagle Scout, the character was in honor of his father who achieved the rank of Life Scout. (Source: Cliff Golden)

The several Life Scout badges made for the Indiana Jones movie are now on display at the National Scouting Museum in Murray, KY. The scout was played by the late River Phoenix. (Source: John Severino)

IT HAPPENED TO JANE

The movie, made in 1959, is called "It Happened to Jane" with Doris Day as Jane Osgood, a widow, mother of two boys, trying to make a living by selling lobsters from her home in Maine to restaurants in New York. Jack Lemmon as her friend and lawyer George Denham and Ernie Kovacs as railroad owner and mean guy Harry Foster Malone. In the movie Doris Day is a den mother to her son's den, and a group of boys, in full cub scout uniforms are shown in her backyard having a den meeting, and its not just a short scene its quite long..(Source: Manuelita White)

LAST BOY SCOUT

My son saw this and said he did not remember any reference to Scouts - although I asked him to see if there was. However I think the title itself would qualify it. (Source: Kevin Moore)

MARS ATTACKS

Mars Attacks had Cub Scouts running from the Washington Monument when the aliens attacked. (Source: Ed Henderson)

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

Starred Jimmy Stewart (Source: John Nix)

OVERKILL

Bad movie starring Aaron Norris (Chuck's brother.) Story is very rich bad guy who hunts people and he's after Aaron Norris. Near the end of the movie when his main henchmen has send out several men to track Norris down (and of course they've all failed), the main villian says "How are all the little boy scouts you sent out? (Source: Kevin Moore)

NATIONAL TREASURE

For movies with Scouting content, don't forget National Treasure, the scene on the Aircraft Carrier Intrepid, near the beginning, Nicholas Cage walks by a group of Cub Scouts.  (Source:  Mike Scheetz)

PREDITOR

There is a Scouting reference in the movie Predator. Once the commandos realize that whatever is stalking them can see human made objects like trip wires, they start to make traps, dead falls from natural objects. The character played by Carl Weathers turns to the character played by Arnold Swarteneger and says "You don't think this Boy Scout s*** (stuff) is going catch him?" Or something very similar. Not a great quote but one none-the less. (Source: Kevin Moore)

RED DAWN

I recall a . . . movie about Cuban and Soviet paratroopers invading the USA. The Soviet advisors were looking for a group of people who were trained in undercover arts and dangerous to the occupation--Eagle Scouts. (Source: Dave Colangelo)

This movie is called "Red Dawn" stared Patrick Swayze. TBS still shows it periodically. (Source: William J. Marose)

It was "Red Dawn" circa 1984, starring Patrick Swayze and several other "teen stars" of the time. It was shown as a"pre-release" prior to normal release at theatres, at the National Explorer Conference in 1984 at Ohio State University and was well received by the Explorers at the time. (Source: Robert Amick)

SECRETS OF JONATHAN SPERRY

In a movie called The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, starring Gavin MacLeod, there is a shot of the 1965-1971 Handbook on a boy's desk in his bedroom. The movie never says that the boy is a Scout, but I thought it was an interesting detail. They even used the correct book, since the movie takes place in 1970. (Source: Ken Cromer)

SPACED INVADERS

Early on in the movie when the stereotypically nasty banker is going to foreclose on a farmer, the latter comes to town with a rifle and the new sheriff has to calm him down. The old farmer refers to the sheriff as being "too old to be a boy scout". (Source: Kevin Mitten-Moore)

SPEED

I was surfing through your site when I came across the section discussing Scout referrences in Films....one that is missing is Speed. The scene is in the portion where Dennis Hopper's character suprises Keanu's Reeve's and says, "Be Prepared! It's the Boy Scout marching song." (Source: Benjamin Pillow)

SPY GAME

Robert Redford asks: "Where did you learn to shoot like that?"
Brad Ptii answers: "At Boy Scout camp."
(Source: Dick Owen)

STRIPES

In the movie "Stripes" Bill Murry arrives to boot camp in a red scout jacket that has the old city and state markings on the arm with a troop number. (Source: Mike Stanclift)

Note: It seems that performing artists do like the uniform.

Linda Ronstadt wore a Cub Scout Uniform to perform several times.

More recently Tom Morello of the group "Rage Against The Machine" has been wearing an official BSA class "A" Uniform. (Source: G. John Marmet)

Elton John performed a song (It's a Sin - Pet Shop Boys) and had in the background professional dancers dressed up as scouts. The Performance generated controversy due to the actions of the dancers.

STAR TREK II - THE WRATH OF KAHN

Dr Marcus (to his mother, also Dr. Marcus) "Remember that overgrown Boy Scout you used to hang around with ?"

His mother responds "Listen kiddo, Jim Kirk was many things but he was never a Boy Scout!" (Source: Ed Henderson)

THE GREAT ESCAPE

James Garner speaking to a German Prison Guard Garner "We did a lot of camping when I was in the Boy Scouts"

Prison Guard " You were a Boy Scout? So was I. I earned 19 Merit badges."

Garner " I earned 20"

Prision Guard   "I was working on my 20th when I was drafted into the Hitler Youth"  (Source: Edward Poczatek)

TRUSTING BEATRICE:

1993 (Tangential Girl Scout reference) (Source: Larry Faust)


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