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Carrie (1976)

Sissy Spacek was nominated for a ‘Best Actress’ Oscar in this Stephen King story that was directed by Brian De Palma. John Travolta goes BTM (beer to mouth) with a roadie can of Pabst Blue Ribbon for the lone beer sighting in this senior prom horror.

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Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

Bill Murray portrays ‘gonzo’ journalist Hunter S. Thompson and Peter Boyle plays his lawyer, Lazlo, in this bio-comedy. Lots of beer here including bottles of Heineken at Super Bowl VI and cans of Olympia and Budweiser while on the 1972 campaign trail.

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Gator (1976)

Before they teamed up in “Smokey and the Bandit”, Burt Reynolds and Jerry Reed starred in this action drama that gives us two different 12 oz. Budweiser bottles as well as indoor and outdoor signage. There’s also a Miller High Life truck and a big Pabst Blue Ribbon sign.

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Ladies Man, The (2000)

Former ‘Saturday Night Live’ star Tim Meadows brings his amorous character to the big screen. There’s a lot to see here including Comiskey Park score board Miller ads. We also spot Old Milwaukee cans & neon and Pabst Blue Ribbon tappers, sconces and neon. There’s also Magnum, Red Dog and nice vintage Meister Brau sign. Billy Dee Williams appears in …

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Beer League (2006)

Artie Lange stars as an unemployed loafer who spends his time playing softball and drinking which is good work if you can get it. Lots to see here including multiple Yuengling and Grolsch bottles and signs. There’s also a couple different Broolyn Brewery labels and cases of Stoudt’s Gold. Finally, we spy Schlitz and Pabst Blue Ribbon bar lights.

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Continental Divide (1981)

John Belushi is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune who falls for a Colorado eagle photographer in this romantic comedy. The lone beer sighting is a bottle of Pabst Blue Ribbon on the bar.

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Rolling Vengeance (1987)

Ned Beatty stars as the leader of a group of trouble making rednecks in this cheesy tale of a trucker’s revenge. He’s just glad he didn’t have to make “Deliverance 2…Still Squealin’”. Anyhoo, there are 9 varieties of brew on display including rare bottles of Red White & Blue. At the bar we spot Genesee cases and signs, Miller High …

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Black Mass (2015)

Johnny Depp gives a memorable performance as Boston mobster Whitey Bulger in this crime drama. Budweiser cans are the beer of choice for co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Joel Edgerton. There are some great bar signs including Black Label, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Miller Lite & High Life. We also spot Guinness and Rolling Rock neons.

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Winning (1969)

There are some fantastic vintage sightings in this Paul Newman racing drama starting with window Meister Brau and outdoor Blatz signs. Joanne Woodward and Richard Thomas (John Boy Walton) are seen with cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon and Robert Wagner is spotted with an array of bottles including Schlitz. At the race track we get a fan drinking Stroh’s and …

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Trouble with the Curve (2012)

Clint Eastwood is an aging baseball scout who’s career is in the 9th inning. He’s spotted with Schlitz, Bud Light, Miller High Life and 2 different Pabst signs. Justin Timberlake co-stars and is spotted with bottles of Heineken and Amstel. Amy Adams plays Clint’s daughter and is seen under a great Michelob Ultra neon sign.

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Scarecrow (1973)

Gene Hackman is a brawling ex-con who teams up with homeless ex-sailor Al Pacino to head east. There are excellent vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon items on display including bottles, cans, cases, tappers and both indoor and outdoor signage. There’s also Coors cans, a neon sign and a fuzzy Hamm’s tray.

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Boxcar Bertha (1972)

Barbara Hershey, Ben Casey and a beer-less David Carradine go to criminal lengths to get revenge on railroad management. There are vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon bottles, a logo mug and two different, beautiful neon signs that I’m told are not accurate to the period. Thanks to beer legend Mark Sanders for this one.

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Foxes (1980)

Jodie Foster and Cherie Currie (lead vocalist for girl group ‘The Runaways’) are teens confronted with the realities of drinking, drugs and sex in late 70’s Los Angeles. Randy Quaid co-stars and is seen with Pabst Blue Ribbon & Olympia cans while Sally Kellerman appears with a Budweiser. There’s also Coors & Old Milwaukee signs and a guitar solo Heineken.

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M*A*S*H (1970)

Elliot Gould & Donald Sutherland are field doctors in this Korean War dramatic comedy that spawned the hit TV show. There are plenty of Pabst Blue Ribbon flat top cans and a few Budweisers too. Tom Skerritt and Sally Kellerman also appear with brew.

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Dial 1119 (1950)

Marshall Thompson plays an escaped mental patient who holds a bar full of people hostage. We’re graced with the presence of an extremely rare Lemp’s Charger (big metal tray) circa 1917 hanging on the wall. There’s also an upside down Pabst Blue Ribbon case. Willian Conrad (TV’s ‘Cannon’) is the bartender and is seen with a fake brand. The clock, …

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Paradise Alley (1978)

Sylvester Stallone wrote, directed and stars in this 1940’s Hell’s Kitchen drama that features an extremely rare piece of beer memorabilia. A 24 inch Lemp Charger (big round metal tray) circa 1917 is spotted on the wall with Sly and Armand Assante. This gem was spotted by eagle eyed BCCA member and St. Louis beer legend Mark Madden. There’s also …

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Mean Streets (1973)

Martin Scorsese directed this gritty New York drama starring Robert DeNiro and Harvey Keitel. There’s great Pabst Blue Ribbon lights, signs, cases and a tapper. We also get a pool table Budweiser, a dashboard Rheingold and stacked cases including Hamm’s. David Carradine appears under PBR sign and IMDB lists his character name as ‘Drunk’.

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Killing, The (1956)

Sterling Hayden leads a group of crooks who carry out a daring race track robbery. Vintage, long neck Pabst Blue Ribbon bottles are generously placed throughout.

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Phenix City Story, The (1955)

There’s great vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon placement in this 50’s crime drama that sees a lawyer and his attorney father take on vice purveyors in their small Southern town. We spot multiple long neck bottles and an excellent sign which is displayed lit and unlit.

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Last Detail, The (1973)

Jack Nicholson and Otis Young are Navy men tasked with bringing young offender Randy Quaid to prison but insist on showing him a good time along the way. We get Schlitz cans in multiple scenes and Pabst Blue Ribbon bottles as well. There’s also an excellent Andeker sign and Narragansett and Knickerbocker window signage.

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Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

Sissy Spacek stars as legendary country singer Loretta Lynn in this rags to riches story. Tommy Lee Jones co-stars and is spotted with Olympia and Miller High Life bottles. Beverly D’Angelo plays a bandaged Patsy Cline who drinks a Pabst Blue Ribbon with a straw.

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Hollywood Knights, The (1980)

Former ‘Nanny’ star Fran Drescher appears with a dashboard Pabst Blue Ribbon and an early arriving Robert Wuhl in this car cruising comedy set in 1965 Beverly Hills. Love birds Tony Danza and Michelle Pfeiffer are spotted in one of the many Olympia stubby bottle scenes. We also spy a can of Schlitz.

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Bucktown (1975)

Pam Grier can show up at my door with a six pack of Falstaff anytime. Former N.F.L. star Fred “The Hammer” Williamson co-stars and has to deal with red neck cops as he tries to re-open his late brothers night club. There’s plenty of Schlitz bottles and signage to go along with solid Budweiser and Hamm’s placement.

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Striking Distance (1993)

Bruce Willis stars as a Pittsburgh cop in this action drama that features plenty of Iron City and some good bar stuff including a rare Goebel sign. Sarah Jessica Parker is also spotted with a Rolling Rock figurine but the highlight here clearly is the IC truck losing it’s load of cases.

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Angel Heart (1987)

This dark thriller gives us subtle yet quality brew sightings starting with a nicely placed Falls City coaster. At the bar scene we get a nice Jax neon and Dixie bottles and Mickey Rourke being thrown into a pile of boxes including Pabst Blue Ribbon and more Jax. Finally there’a Regal and Dixie outdoor signage towards the end of the …

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Black Legion (1937)

When silver screen legend Humphrey Bogart loses his job to an immigrant he’s urged to join a hate group that intimidates foreigners through violence. There are multiple, outstanding flat top Brown Derby cans and a couple Pabst signs…one of which has the ‘P’ and ‘T’ blocked out.

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Fargo (1996)

‘You betcha’ there’s some good beer sightings in his North Dakota crime drama. Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy and Peter Stormare are all spotted with multiple Grain Belt bottles. There’s also Becks, Budweiser and Rolling Rock neon and Michelob and Miller Lite pool table lights. Finally, Frances McDormand is spotted with a background MGD billboard.

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Blood In Blood Out (1993)

Damian Chapa, Jesse Borrego and Benjamin Bratt star in this gang bangin’ drug drama based on the true life of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca. There are nice cans in this one including vintage Budweiser and Pabst Blue Ribbon and a half quart Colt 45. Bud bottle and Tecate also appear.

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American Gangster (2007)

Denzel Washington plays a 70’s Manhatten heroin kingpin who’s pursued by detective Russell Crowe. We spot some nice vintage Rheingold and Pabst Blue Ribbon bottles and we see the Asian brew Singha while ‘Frank Lucas’ is buying junk in Thailand.

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Deadpool (2016)

Ryan Reynolds stars as the wise cracking hero in this action comedy. There’s a nice six pack of Olympia cans and some good bar signage including Budweiser, Coors Michelob and a Miller High Life pool table light.

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Gran Torino (2008)

Clint Eastwood portrays a salty Korean vet with prejudices against his Hmong neighbors. Pabst Blue Ribbon cans and Tsingtao bottles are generous and glorious. Clint to goes BTM (beer to mouth) with both brands for another ‘Beers on Film’ Hall of Fame effort.

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Stand Up Guys (2012)

Al Pacino and Christopher Walken co-star as aging crooks who get the old gang back together in this crime comedy. There’s a bevy of cool bar room signs including Old Milwaukee, Miller and Pabst. We also get a beautiful Budweiser Clydesdale sign. If that wasn’t enough, legend Billy Dee Williams appears in a painting pitching his trademark Colt 45.

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Death Proof (2007)

Quentin Tarantino wrote, directed and appears in the thrilling adventures of ‘Stuntman Mike’, played by Kurt Russell, who uses his cars to terrorize hotties. There’s excellent neon on display here including Shiner Bock, Dos Equis, Hamm’s, Blatz, Schlitz, Tecate, Corona, Pabst a ‘Hot Chili Cold Bud’ and more.

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Longest Yard, The (1974)

Burt Reynolds gets sent up the river and becomes the prison’s football team, the “Mean Machine”, star quarterback. There’s Pabst Blue Ribbon cans in the bar room brawl scene and a great billboard on the wall of the football field.

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Blue Gardenia, The (1953)

There’s a great, vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon sign atop the cash register in this Anne Baxter Richard Conte crime drama. I’m not sure of the background bottles but they’re possibly PBR as well. Thanks to beer legend Steve Adydan and his eagle eyed wife for spotting this one.

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Stand By Me (1986)

Horror writer Stephen King shows us a different side with this tale of childhood friends growing up in the Pacific Northwest. Kiefer Sutherland, River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton all appear with a nice Blitz neon sign. Rainier bottles are plenty and there’s a tricky Olympia fish sign at the market. Bar scene provides clear Pabst and Miller signage.

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

‘Stay classy San Diego’. Will Ferrell leads a great cast with great beers in this newsroom comedy. Highlights include ‘Ron’ with a 24 oz Tall Boy can of Schlitz and Danny Trejo with a great Pabst Blue Ribbon vintage sign. There’s also Budweiser and Michelob neon on display.

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Convoy (1978)

C.W. McCall’s hit song of the same name is the basis for this late 70’s action drama. Kris Kristofferson leads Burt Young (Pauly from “Rocky”) and other truckers against evil sheriff played brilliantly by the late great Ernest Borgnine. Heavy Pabst Blue Ribbon placement including a great truck, cans and pool table light. Ali MacGraw appears with a crystal clear …

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Bad News Bears, The (1976)

Walter Matthau stars as the boozy “Buttermaker’, a former minor leaguer tasked with coaching the hapless Bears baseball team. Prize recruits Tatum O’Neal and Jackie Earle Haley lead a miraculous turnaround. The beer sightings are glorious. Bud, Coors, Mickeys, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Schlitz are all clearly spotted. After the championship game the team celebrates with bottles of Lucky.

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Reluctant Astronaut, The (1967)

Don Knott’s stars as the title character in this comedy that features some outstanding items. There’s an excellent Eastside Old Tap sign and beautiful Pabst & Schlitz signs as well. We also spot rare PBR boxer and Blatz figurines and a dark haired Leslie Nielson with one of 3 different Falstaff signs.

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Animal House (1978)

‘My advice to you is to start drinking heavily.’ Bluto, Flounder, Otter, D-Day, The Stork and the rest of Delta House make life miserable for Faber College’s Dean Wormer. We get some good vintage Pabst, Bud and Piels signage and also some red and blue fake brands. The highlight though is Kevin Bacon with a pair of unlit Blitz Weinhard …

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Deer Hunter, The (1978)

This 5 Oscar winning film (Christopher Walken Best Supporting) illustrates the impact of Viet Nam on the lives of people in a small steel town in western Pennsylvania. Rolling Rock, Iron City and Duquesne represent the Keystone State admirably. There’s a bunch of Miller High Life cans in the POW scene and during supermarket visit we get Robert DeNiro and …

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Old School (2003)

Excellent movie, cast and beer placement. Will Ferrell shines in Pabst shirt with Old Style can on top of the ‘Red Dragon’. He also appears with an array of cans that 70’s can collectors will remember. Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson and Jeremy Piven also contribute and we get Patrick “Blue” Cranshaw with a can of Corona.

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Almost Famous (2000)

Patrick Fugit plays a high school kid who tours with a 70’s band to do a story for Rolling Stone Magazine. There are some rare beers on display in Genesee Cream Ale, Black Label and Goebel and some common brands as well in Miller, Schlitz, Heineken and Pabst.

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Bronx Tale, A (1993)

Straight laced bus driver Robert DeNiro is worried local gangster Chazz Palminteri is influencing his son Lillo Brancato. There is excellent vintage neon in this 60’s drama including Ballentine, Schaefer, Rheingold and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Budweiser is featured in the biker bar room brawl scene. “Now you’s can’t leave”.

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Stripes (1981)

“Lighten up Frances”. Bill Murray and Harold Ramis star as the Army’s newest and oldest recruits. There’s plenty of clear Schlitz sightings and we get Pabst and Hamm’s neon. ‘Dewey Oxburger’ remains one of my favorite characters in cinema history.

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Call Northside 777 (1948)

Late 1940’s Chicago is the backdrop for this James Stewart drama that features some outstanding indoor and outdoor signs. Schlitz, Kingsbury, Hamm’s, Ruppert and Budweiser are all represented. We’re also treated to a great Fox DeLuxe neon and cash register bar back. If that wasn’t enough, we’re graced with appearances from the ultra rare Nectar Beer on three different signs. …

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Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Spencer Tracy is the one handed stranger who blows into town and whoops bully Ernest Borgnine’s ass in front of a vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon sign. There’s also an outdoor Cordello sign which I believe to be a fictitious brand.

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Beer: The Movie 2 (2006)

This is another fuzzy, low budget production that features a nice array of beer talent. The bar scene gives us a beautiful row of tappers and also a nice Pabst Blue Ribbon tray hanging on the wall. The best part of this post though is clearly the old school ‘National Bohemian’ tee shirt.

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On Deadly Ground (1994)

Steven Seagal takes on big oil with the help of Bud, Coors and MGD and a Pabst Blue Ribbon neon. There is also an unidentified mystery beer that needs to be ID’d.

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Making the Grade (1984)

Ok, some pretty good stuff here. There’s a bunch of Miller High Life cans, including one being sprayed by Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay. We also get a rare Gordon Jump sighting. You may or may not remember him as ‘The Big Guy, Arthur Carlson’ from the late 70’s sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati”. Finally we are treated to the sweater over the …

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Joe Dirt (2001)

It’s too bad there isn’t a David Spade beer sighting in this redneck comedy. We do, however, get Fred Ward rockin’ a mullet and a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. There’s also a fictitious black and gold Budweiser look a like.

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Gone Baby Gone (2007)

This Boston crime drama gives a Coors pool table light, a Blue Moon and Pabst Blue Ribbon sign. There are also some fictitious brands

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Death Wish II (1982)

This sequel gives us an absolutely stunning hand painted Pabst Blue Ribbon wall mural. We also get the star, Charles Bronson, with a pair of Coors and Lowenbrau neon signs.