These 10 movie scenes might surprise you. Enjoy them — and be sure not to miss number 10 … watch it if you dare!
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975
One of the best fishing scenes in any movie anywhere, ever — but that’s hardly surprising given that One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest swept the Academy Awards in 1976 including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and more. Ironically, director Milos Forman wasn’t going to shoot the scene until persuaded otherwise. Of course the scene will be most appreciated by those who’ve seen movie (with the swaggering Jack Nicholson as McMurphy playing deckhand to the gang of escapees from the asylum). And, yes, this was really shot off Oregon, out of DePoe Bay. (This clip doesn’t include the scene where Candy the hooker — with the heart of gold of course — cranks in a salmon, topless. Candy, not the salmon.)
A River Runs Through It, 1992
Given that the whole film has to do with fishing, in reality and as a metaphor, one would expect to find a scene from A River Runs Through It on a list like this. It offers proof that Hollywood can depict angling through a lens both realistically and favorably. Brad Pitt is one seriously hardcore fly-rodder; even being submerged down a stretch of rapids can’t deprive him of his trophy trout.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, 2013
Okay, so maybe this scene from Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa isn’t quite as elegant as Brad Pitt in A River Runs Through It; some might say it has its own special charm. Or not. In any case, it’s surprising what can lurk in golf course ponds.
(Warning: Contains graphics scenes of shocking piscatorial anatomy.)
All I ever managed to hook in the East River were stripers and bluefish. I feel so inadequate. (Though I have to wonder how a fish screams out line while moving toward an angler….)
The Saint, 1963 (TV)
This scene from the 60s TV show The Saint, starring Roger Moore (episode entitled “The Effete Angler,” and, no, I not making that up) was posted to You Tube as “The Worst Fishing Scene in Cinematic History.” With clips like the one above from Bad Grandpa, I’m not so sure of that. But this is so manifestly bogus that anyone who has any idea what the sport of fishing is about (clearly no one involved in this TV show did) should get a laugh. Watch Moore hook up on a small marlin and begin ferociously cranking a large trolling reel — which he holds upside down.
Joe Versus the Volcano, 1990
At least in this scene from Joe Versus the Volcano, a young Tom Hanks does hold the trolling reel right-side up, when — to the sounds of the Rascal’s “True Love” — he hooks The Big One. (Though the annoying people on the boat deprive him of any chance for a world record when they keep grabbing his fishing rod!) Don’t watch this alone: the ending is extremely disturbing.
Funny Farm, 1988
There seems to be a theme in how Hollywood generally portrays fishing — that is, as a dangerous pastime full of unpredictable events and bad animals. In this Chevy Chase sendup from Funny Farm, watch the frightening result of an attempt for some quiet moments wetting a line in the pond.
Of course Hollywood can also offer an instructive look at the sport, as here, where Chevy Chase in the video below demonstrates the first rule for removing from your buddy a hook, large or small.
Who ever said fishing is boring? Emulate Kevin Costner in Waterworld; try trolling yourself as bait.
Warning: After watching the Australian movie Undead, you might never go fishing again. Don’t laugh. This could happen to you. There are lessons here, including not leaving dead fish in the bottom of your boat, since any stray comets that fall on them will turn them not just into zombie fish but zombie fish that (a) scream loudly and (b) leap up to latch onto your schnozz unless you can shoot ’em in mid-air first.