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Back in January, when we were kicking around ideas for monthly themes, and the movie making theme, Statff Editor Arwen O’Reilly Griffith sent out the following email about a great “maker scene” in a film. This got me thinking. There are probably a lot of such moments in films, some in movies otherwise best forgotten, of characters showing cool hacks, making-something-from-nothing MacGyver moments, and the like. When I was a kid, movies like The Great Escape, Swiss Family Robinson, and wacky TV fare like Hogan’s Heroes, Gilligan’s Island, and Wild, Wild, West fed my maker fantasies. In honor of tomorrow night’s Academy Awards, what are some of your favorite “maker scenes” in films? Post ’em in the comments. — Gareth

Arwen writes:

The film Sahara (it was lousy) has some awesome scene in it. The main character and his sidekick have managed to escape their shackles in the back of a pickup truck and have trekked across the desert. Just as they’re about to give up hope, they crest a sand dune and discover the ruins of a crashed plane. The hero says: “I bet you $100 there’s a toolkit somewhere in there…” His sidekick says, “I hate to burst your insane bubble, but I don’t think we’re going to get this thing to work.”

Then there’s a glorious scene of the two of them racing across the desert in the jerry-rigged plane. They use the one remaining wing as a sail and balance in on one working wheel. It’s awesome!!! Makers at their best, and ALMOST worth the rest of the film :-)

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