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firstgentrekkie
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re: Put aside the science-fiction movies: what are the best "engineering" movies?
firstgentrekkie   11/24/2010 3:39:47 PM
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++1 for "The Great Escape." If an engineer is someone who can make for $1 what everyone else can make for $2, then those men were engineers squared.

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Quickbadger   11/24/2010 2:53:51 PM
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Tucker: The man and his dream (1988) is an ezcellent movie. It shows how a man and his team's ingenuity can bring about great things. Unfortunately, it also shows how, in some industries, it takes more than just building a better mousetrap to succeed. For a comedy try the 1984 "Best Defense" with Eddie Murphy and Dudly Moore about a lazy engineer in teh defense industry who bumbles around and finally gets something right.

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r3son8tr   11/24/2010 2:07:42 PM
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Here are two more down-to-Earth movies with an automobile slant: Tucker: A Man and His Dream Flash of Genius

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camis61   11/23/2010 1:31:24 AM
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I would submit several SciFi movies but that's easy. As a Technician, I've always like Gene Hackman's tech roles like The Conversation and Enemy of the State. Yes, I checked out The Dish from the library a few years ago -- good movie and good tech. As a resident of Huntsville (AL), space movies like Apollo 13 and Rocket Boys are popular here. Hackers, WarGames, and Sneakers for the computer tech.

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rpcy   11/22/2010 11:10:06 PM
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Well, they also "cracked it" by looking at a photo by Rosalind Franklin, showing a twisted helix! Many people believe she deserved a share in that Nobel...

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Bob Virkus   11/22/2010 10:38:20 PM
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One of the best little movies you've never seen: The Dish. Based on real events, it tells the story of a small Australian village and its satellite dish that NASA wants to use as a backup transmitter for the Apollo 11 moon mission. When a change flight schedule puts the primary dish out of range, Aussies must use all of their engineering knowledge to ensure that the history-making mission is broadcast to the world.

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anon5193417   11/22/2010 6:57:21 PM
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+3 October Sky & World's Fastest Indian

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Kaiser Silicon   11/22/2010 5:49:12 PM
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I like Lorenzo's Oil.

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Wjwalrus   11/22/2010 4:01:13 PM
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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned "Flash of Genius" - a film based on the true story of college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns' (Greg Kinnear) long battle with the US automobile industry over his design of a windshield wiper motor controller.

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BrainiacV   11/22/2010 3:13:53 PM
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Iron Man - I love watching the scenes where Tony Stark is going through several iterations before he makes something work, something the second movie lacked. Inventions don't work perfectly the first time.

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