More Agilent Movie Moments!

In my recent post about Agilent at the movies, I asked for more examples where Agilent equipment can be seen on the screen.  Several employees answered my call.


Jason Sniadecki recalls Agilent being featured regularly in the television crime show “CSI” (which I previously mentioned here).

David Edwards remembers a specific episode of CSI: NY.  In “The Real McCoy” (Season 9 Episode 10), an Agilent ExoScan Series FTIR helps show that a nightclub owner was purchasing cheap vodka and passing it off as high-end stuff.

It’s easy to spot the Agilent 4100 ExoScan Series handheld FTIR – it’s bright red!

It’s easy to spot the Agilent 4100 ExoScan Series handheld FTIR – it’s bright red!


David Edwards, Badr Astiphan and Ryan O’Hearn all spotted Agilent in one of 2015’s biggest movies.  In “The Martian,” astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) must survive on the red planet with only his limited supplies.

Watney’s living environment includes the Hab (short for “habitat”), which he uses as a greenhouse to grow potatoes.  And the Hab’s equipment includes an Agilent (then HP) 5890 gas chromatograph!

I can’t post photos directly.  But you can see our instrument in this YouTube video, just about dead-center at the 0:32 and 0:44 second marks.  And this photo in The Martian Wiki shows our GC.  (It’s in the illuminated spot near the left.)

“The Martian” takes place in the future, but the 5890 was first released in 1984

“The Martian” may take place in the future, but the 5890 was first released in 1984


Finally, Jim Hollenhorst reminded me of a classic movie where our product (then HP) is even mentioned by name!

My Cousin Vinny” from 1992 includes a courtroom scene where District Attorney Jim Trotter III (Lane Smith) questions FBI analyst George Wilbur (James Rebhorn).

Trotter: “What kind of equipment did you use to find this out?”

Wilbur: “I used a Hewlett-Packard 5710A Dual-Column Gas Chromatograph with flame ionization detectors.”

Trotter: “Uh huh.  Is that thing turbocharged?”

Wilbur: “Only the floor models.”

You can view that scene in this YouTube video starting at the 0:58 second mark.

The 5700A gas chromatograph, forerunner to the 5710A

The 5700A GC, forerunner to the 5710A


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