Sundials in movies

This page identifies movies, TV series, commercials or other media in which sundials can be seen.

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
By the end of the movie, the three girls meet Demi Moore at the Griffith observatory in Los Angeles, and an equatorial sundial can be seen at the foot of the big column dedicated to great astronomers.
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Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Demi Moore, 2003, USA.

The Lord of the Rings, the Two Towers
Treebeard enters a clearing in the forest with Merry and Pippin to attend a secret meeting with the other Ents. The center of the clearing displays a big stone looking like a sundial style. But looking at the shadow of the style, one can see that the style is pointing towards the Sun, which is wrong as it should point towards the pole.

The Lord of the Rings, the Two Towers
by Peter Jackson, with Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Christopher Lee, 2003, New-Zealand.

Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets
Harry enters Dumbledore's office and sees the Phoenix. The room is full of astronomical instruments such as armillary spheres, astrolabes and telescopes.

Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets
by Chris Columbus, with Daniel Radcliffe, Ruppert Grint, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh, 2002.

James Bond, Goldeneye
A P&G-type sundial, sitting on the window sill of a yacht hosting James Bond, is visible just before a fight.

James Bond, Goldeneye
by Martin Campbell, with Pierce Brosnan and Sean Bean, 1995.

(source: I. Maddock)

Gone with the wind
A scene shows a cat sleeping in front of a sundial. The motto is from Benjamin Franklin (1758). "Do not squader time. That is the stuff life is made of.". (24:03)

Gone with the wind
by Victor Fleming, with Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh, 1939.

(source: N. Marquet)

Le bossu

Le bossu
by André Hunebelle, with Jean Marais and Bourvil, 1960.

(source: N. Marquet)

Pride and Prejudice
Elisabeth, one of the main characters, walks by a garden horizontal sundial in the garden of "Pemberley".

Pride and Prejudice
by Joe Wright, with Keira Knightley et Matthew Macfadyen, 2005.


In the beginning of this movie, a large horizontal sundial can be seen in a park. Its style casts two shadows!

by Lars von Trier, with Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, 2011.

(source: Darek Oczki)

Other leads to be confirmed or without photo:

  • In Time: in this movie, time replaces money. At some point a TV news is shown and the logo of the news company shows a sundial with an animated shadow. (movie by Andrew Niccol).
  • The beauty and the beast: an armillary sphere can be seen in Belle's father's home (movie by Walt Disney)
  • Si Paris m'était conté (France) movie by Sacha Guitry: the gun sundial of the Palais Royal in Paris is shown shooting for noon.
  • P.J. Saint Martin: (France) an episode about SRAS disease, an equatorial ring is visible.
  • Une époque formidable: (France) the end of the movie shows the optical sundial of the garden of Jardin des Halles in Paris. Movie by Gérard Jugnot, 1991.
  • Le diable par la queue: (France) two large sundials can be seen on each side of the porch of the castle. Movie by Philippe de Broca, 1969.
  • Samantha: (France) an episode shows 4 sundials, each for a different city in the world!
  • Batman begins: an armillary sphere is visible in Bruce Wayne's office. Movie by Christopher Nolan, 2005.
  • The honey pot: an horizontal sundial in a garden of Venice is seen often during the movie. Movie by J. Mankiewicz, 1966. (Source: J. Robic)
  • Le nouveau monde: a portable sundial and an horizontal sundial can be seen in the movie. (source: F. Pineau)
  • Cast away: Tom Hanks marks every day the position of a light spot in a cave, drawing an analemma curve. Movie by Robert Zemeckis, 2000.
  • The chorus: an horizontal sundial can be seen. Movie by Christophe Barratier, 2004. (source : J-M Ansel)
  • Une hirondelle a fait le printemps (France): a vertical sundial seems to be visible. Movie by Christian Carion, 2001. (source: J-M Ansel)
  • Mr Bean: in one of his TV films, Mr Bean visits Buckingham palace in London. He removes the style of a sundial to install his camera.
  • A UPS commercial seems to show a sundial (source: J-L Labaye).
  • La Zizanie: an armillary sundial is visible in Louis de Funès' office. Movie by Claude Zidi, 1978.
  • The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob: the final scene takes place in the Cour des Invalides, in Paris, where several sundials are visible. Movie by Gérard Oury, 1973. (source: H.C Cooren)
  • Asterix in Britain: Big Ben is shown as a sundial in wood.
  • The Nativity Story: a rotating armillary sphere is seen in the three kings' library. Movie by Catherine Hardwicke, 2006. (source: N. Marquet)
  • All the Mornings of the World (Tous les matins du monde, France): a scene show the characters seating outside the house on sunbath chairs. A sundial seems to be visible on the house facade behind them.
  • La folie des grandeurs: a vertical sundial seems to be visible on the villa's wall (source: H. Cooren)

An Indian movie production company called Sundial Pictures is using a style of an horizontal sundial as its logo. They also realized an animation for their web site where the complete sundial can be seen.

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