This is a small list where you can find movies where reel to reel machines can be watched.
I know the list is short, but I'm building it with movies that I own in DVD and remember something spinning. If you know more movies where reel to reel machines are shown, please, send me an email telling me the title of the movie (better if you send me the IMDB link) and/or the machines that appear.
You can click in the images to see the big version.
* Last update: 09/16/2006. "Lost", "Kiss the Girls", "Blow Out"
|Film||Reel to reel machines||Pictures|
||1- Akai M-7
2- Sony 250A
The Akai M-7 has the tape directly from the left reel to the right without going thru the tape path. In the scene it runs too fast.
||1 & 2- Pioneer RT-707 (2 units in black)||
Very rare the 707s in black. I think they were made only for the US Deparment of Defense.
|The hunt for the Red October
||1- Teac A-3340||
The 3340 using Maxell MR-7 metal reels without the typical double "m" lettering.
|Knight Rider - TV
||1 & 2 - Ep."Soul Survivor": Pioneer
3 & 4- Ep."Inside out": Nagra IV-L
The 2nd pic of the 909 has the "maxell" lettering covered with a black tape so that the brand name can't be watched. The same occurs with the "pioneer" lettering in the top left of the head cover.
But the "Pioneer" in the PR-101 10" metal reel it's impolute.
||1 & 2 -
Teac X-2000R BL
3 & 4 - ????
|Gorillas in the mist
||1- Nagra III
2- Grundig TK-2400
|The adventures of Ford Fairlane
||1- Otari MX5050 BQ-II||
In the movie, Ford Fairlane turns on the Otari with a wireless remote control.
|Die Hard: With a Vengeance
||1 & 2- Teac X2000RBL|
|Tintin and the Lake of Sharks
||1 & 2- Animation - Fiction|
|Guns N' Roses: Welcome to the videos
||1 & 2- Studer A800 MKII||
The 'beast' it's spinning at 30 ips.
2- Fostex E-2
||1- Tascam 34B
2- Nagra III
3- Teac X-700R
4- Editing with the 34B
|The Russia House
2 & 3- ReVox C270
4- Nagra III
5- ReVox B77 MK-II (10 units)
6- Tascam 22-2
In the first scene captured, a conversation it's being recorded without cuts. In less than 2 minutes, from the beginning to end, there's a lot of tape recorded. It seems that someone forgot to stop and rewing the ReVox during bloopers.
|Good morning Vietnam
||1- Ferrograph 7
2- EMI BTR 4
|That thing you do
2- Ampex 350
|Madonna Live: Drowned World Tour 2001
||1- Akai GX-260D||
It appears two times in a projection in the set during the "Music" song.
RT-707 in silver (left) and in black (right)
2- Nagra IV-S
||1&2- Nagra IV-S
3- ReVox B77 and Nagra IV-S
4&5- ReVox B77
In the 4th scene, it's supossed that the girl puts and threads the tape into the B77, but it's not shown in the movie. Too much fast to be real.
||1- Teac 52
2- Teac A-3300S
"Math on tape is hard to follow, so: Please Listen Carefully".
|Classic albums: The dark side
of the moon
||1- Akai GX-4000DS MK-II
2- MCI JH-110
The 2nd pic shows how was done the tape loop used in the beginning of "Money"
||1- Nagra IV
(3 units) and Nagra SN (2 units)
2- Akai GX-600D
||1- Nagra III||
The Nagra is used to record the worries and confessions of THX-1138.
||1&2- Sony TC-352D||
"SONY" lettering in the tape head covered with a black tape.
||1&2- Akai M-9|
"The assasin": Teac X1000-R
2- Ep. "Silent World": Pioneer RT-707 in black (2 units)
The X1000-R is recording, but, how
about the red leds?.
||1&2- Animation - Fiction|
2&4- Ampex AX 50
3- Uher 4000 Report
|Close encounters of the third
|1- Teac A-1500W|
2- Akai GX-646D
3- Teac X10-R
|The X Files
|1- Fostex R8
3&4- Teac A-3440
What a waste of tape to record at 15
ips with the R8 in 7" reels for conversations purpose.
||1- Philips N-4504||
Very rare. A N-4504 (dutch machine) in Queens (N.Y.) supposed to have been bought new in 1988!.
|1- Teac A-4010S|
||1&2- Tascam 38|
|K-19: The Widowmaker
|1- Loewe Opta||
URSS. The 60's. A nuclear submarine.
A german "tonbandgërate" there with BASF tapes?.
||1&2&3- ReVox A77 MK-IV||
There's a conversation in the movie about why to use such a big recorder.
Phazz (music DVD, doesn't appear in IMDB)
|1- Philips RK 40
2- Grundig Report 819
Left reel in the 1st pic, and right reel in the 2nd are BASF (possibly LP35) and have the brand name occulted. Also, the tape isn't threaded in the 1st image.
||1&2&3&4- Akai 1722-II||
Great shoots, even in the 3rd and 4th pics are shown vintage 7" Ampex reel boxes, possible 372 or 373 tapes.
|Back to the Future III
||1- Grundig Stenorette||
The model data says that it was
raised in 1954. Good positioned in time, because the action occurs in 1955. The question
is, was this Grundig exported to the USA?.
||1- Ep. "The Counter Agent"- Pioneer RT-707 in black||
The action occurs in Paldiski, Estonia, a very rare place to find a RT-707 colored in black as units used by US Forces.
||1&2- DuKane ???
3&6- Wollensak T-1515
4&5- Viking 87
|The Exorcist II
||1&2&3: Dokorder 1140||
With the original Dokorder reels and adapters.
|A Clockwork Orange
||1&2- Sony TC-630||
Speakers seems to be greater than the original ones that came with the Sony TC-630.
|The Day of the Dolphin
2- Sony TC-6360A (on desktop) and Sony TC-854-4 on background
Beautiful big set of surround decks with original reels and adaptors.
|Where the Truth Lies
||1&3- Uher Report 4000L
2- Pioneer RT-1020
4- ReVox A77 MK-III
5 - Revere TS-301
The difficult pic is the 2nd. It seems to be a Pioneer, but not sure.
3M model M64
2- Ampex 350
6- 3M model M64 and Revox G36
||1&2- Uher Report 4000 IC
3&4- Uher Universal 5000
5- Nagra SN
6&7&8&9- Ampex 354
10&11- Grundig 244 HiFi
Uhers Universal 5000 are controled
at the same time with an external devide, also sincronized with the big Ampex which is
recording at 15 ips.
|The Evil Dead
||1- Panasonic RQ-706S||
Spinning at 1 7/8 ips.
||1- Tascam 34B||
The deck is turned on, but not tape in the reel tables, just empty reels in both sides.
|The Life Aquatic with Steeve Zissou
||1- Studer B62 and Nagra 4.2||
The Nagra is in the top left over the Studer B62..
|The Family Stone
||1- Technics RS-1506US||
It appears with the original Technics 10" reel and NAB adapters.
||1&2&3&4- ReVox B77 MK II||
Action occurs in 1972-1974 and the
ReVox B77 was introduced in 1977. The one pictured is the mark 2 (1981). In picture 3 you
can see the tape brand in the right reel (left one in the pic), BASF. This type of reel
design (three holes rounded in the external part and square in inner part) is from the
90ths, probably 911 type.
||1&2- Teac X-10R||
Deck it's spinning at 7.5 ips and have the original Teac RE-1002 metal reel in the left side.
|Doctor Who (2005)
||1&2&3&4- Vortexion W.V.B.||
The action occurs in 1941 during the german fly attack over London in WWII. Great mistake, the W.V.B. is from 1963. It can handle until 8 1/2" reels, have two speeds, 3.75 and 7.5 ips and weights 30 k!!!.
||1&2&3&4- Apolec ???||
It's very similar to Apolec RA-11
and also to Aiwa TP-32A, but isn't any of these two.
|Las aventuras de Pepe Carvalho
2- Akai X-201D
The tape played in both decks maybe it's the same, a 13 cms. Scotch reel.
|Guest House Paradiso
||1- Grundig TK-5||
Light blue model
||1&2&3&4- Uher Universal 5000||
||1&2- Sony TC-640||
The head cover is missing showing
the silver color of the head block.
|Kiss the Girls
||1- Dokorder 1120||
The tape isn't threaded correctly,
it doesn't pass by the tension arms.
||1&2&3&4&5&9- Nagra III
6- Ampex 350
7- Pioneer RT-2022
8- Ampex 350
10&12- Ampex 350, Pioneer RT-2022, Scully 280B
11- Ampex 350, Nagra III
13- Ampex 350 (2 units), Nagra III,
Pioneer RT-2022, Scully 280B
14- Teac 2340 (2 units), Teac 2300SR
15- Teac 2340 (2 units), Teac 2300SR, Nagra III, ???
16- Nagra SN