The pen is indeed mightier than the sword, or at least that’s what they say. The world of cinema has given us plenty of scenes featuring the almighty pen and today we are going to be counting down our favorite. These are the ten best pen moments in film.
10. Pen Tranquilizer – Johnny English (2003)
Johnny English (played by Rowan Atkinson) is an inept British Intelligence agent, who can never seem to get right. In one of the funnier moments of the film, he goes to meet with the head of his organization. While waiting in his office English inadvertently shoots a secretary with a tranquilizer pen. He very smoothly makes his way out of the building without anybody knowing it was him.
9.Pen Stabbing – Red Eye (2005)
Rachel McAdams plays a hotel manager trapped in an assassination plot by a terrorist (played by Cillian Murphy) while aboard a red-eye flight to Miami. Right when the flight lands McAdams’ character decides she’s going to take matters into her own hands. How does she do this? She stabs her assailant in the throat with a pen, that‘s how!
8. Pen Ceremony – A Beautiful Mind (2001)
A Beautiful Mind follows a young prodigy named John Nash (played by Russell Crowe) who begins to develop paranoid schizophrenia and endures delusional episodes. Towards the end of the film he is being interviewed by a member of the Nobel Committee, when his Princeton colleagues present him with their pens. In others words, the pens are symbolic of the respect they have for the mathematical genius.
7. Pen Sale – The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) knows a lot about making money. Even if it’s through a New York stock brokerage firm that engages in securities fraud and corruption on Wall Street. In a few memorable moments of the film Belfort recruits new stock brokers by asking of them a simple request; to sell him a fountain pen. As the scenes show it’s actually harder than it sounds.
6. Pen Bomb – GoldenEye (1995)
The seventeenth spy film in the James Bond series featured its fair share of inventive gadgets for our favorite secret agent to have fun with. Though, none was greatest than the standard, but nonetheless kick-ass, exploding grenade pen bomb. James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) inadvertently gets the pen into the hand of a bad guy computer programmer named Boris Grishenko. Without knowing it, Boris now has a deadly bomb in his hand as he nervously flicks the pen is unintentionally detonating it, proving that indeed, he is not invincible.
5. Pen Harpoon – The Naked Gun (1988)
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad, of course, chronicles the adventures of bumbling police lieutenant Frank Drebin (played by the late great Leslie Nielsen). One of the funniest moments of the film comes when Frank fights with a $20,000 “Japanese Fighting Fish” and inadvertently spears it with a priceless samurai pen that is, “unbreakable and impervious to everything except for water”.
4. Pen Versus Knife – The Bourne Identity (2002)
Suffering from extreme memory loss and attempting to discover his true identity, super-agent Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is attacked by a deadly assassin at his apartment. When the assassin attacks Bourne with a knife, Jason uses the next best thing… a pen. Yup, if you want to cringe, just watch as a man stabs another man in the hand with a fountain pen.
3. Pen Stabbing – Casino (1995)
Robert De Niro stars as Sam “Ace” Rothstein, a top gambling handicapper who is sent by the Mob to oversee the day-to-day operations at a casino in Las Vegas. Joe Pesci plays Mob enforcer Nicky Santoro, who is sent to Vegas to make sure that money from the Tangiers is skimmed properly and to make sure that no other gangsters mess with Ace. No scene does Nicky do his job better than when some random guy at a bar is harassing Ace about a pen. Nicky proceeds to take said pen and stab the guy a half a dozen times in the neck with it. Geez.
2. The Pen Is Blue – Liar Liar (1997)
Fletcher Reede (played by Jim Carrey) is a career-focused lawyer and divorced father who can’t seem to get through a day without telling a whole bunch of falsehoods. One day his son Max wishes that just for one day his father couldn’t tell a lie. The wish miraculously comes true and hilarity ensues. Fletcher puts his curse to a simple test: Can he lie about a pen? No… he can’t
1. Floating Pen – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Director Stanley Kubrick was indeed ahead of his time, and no film shows that more than 1968’s 2001. Obviously the film was made before CGI existed but if you give the film a re-watch, the effects are actually rather remarkable. For instance, the film opens up with a simple pen floating in zero gravity. Today, you could just computerize it in. But in 1968? That’s impressive.