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References to Freemasonry in popular culture range from the vitriolic to the innocuous. Far more often they are merely misinformed allusions from which Freemasonry faces a far more insidious threat; that of being marginalized, trivialized, and fictionalized. Most of the references noted on this site are harmless, simply pointing out that Freemasonry has played a role in our society; some are humorous, yet some are disturbing in their associations.
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Unconfirmed sightings
The appearances of Freemasonry in film and television range from the unremarked and irrelevent use of symbols such as the square and compasses on scenery and properties, to the actual enactment of masonic ritual by principal characters. The following are awaiting confirmation.
Cinema
Collateral (2004)
A non-specific masonic reference has been reported but has not been located. [viewed but not confirmed]
Directed by Michael Mann, written by Stuart Beattie. Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, Bruce McGill, Irma P. Hall, Barry Shabaka Henley, Richard T. Jones, Klea Scott, Bodhi Elfman, Debi Mazar, Javier Bardem, Emilio Rivera, Jamie McBride. 120 min. USA, English | Spanish, Colour, Dolby.
Hollywoodland (2006)
George Reeve's manager, played by Ben Affleck, is reported seen wearing a Craft lodge ring at 01:01:30. [viewed but not confirmed]
Directed by Allen Coulter, written by Paul Bernbaum. Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, Ben Affleck, Bob Hoskins, Robin Tunney, Kathleen Robertson, Lois Smith, Phillip MacKenzie, Larry Cedar, Eric Kaldor, Caroline Dhavernas, Kevin Hare, Molly Parker, Zach Mills, Neil Crone, Joe Spano, Richard Fancy. 126 min., USA, English | Spanish, Colour, Dolby.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
The appearance of a square and compasses is reported but has not been located. [viewed but not confirmed]. Also see entry for
John Berendt's novel.
Directed by Clint Eastwood, written by John Berendt (book) John Lee Hancock (screenplay). John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jack Thompson, Irma P. Hall, Jude Law, Alison Eastwood, Paul Hipp, Lady Chablis, Dorothy Loudon, Anne Haney, Kim Hunter, Geoffrey Lewis, Richard Herd, Leon Rippy, Bob Gunton. 155 min. USA, English / French. Technicolor, Dolby.
Nostradamus (1994)
Masonic symbols have been reported on documents handed to Nostradamus but have not been located. [viewed but not confirmed]
Directed by Roger Christian, written by Piers Ashworth (story) and Roger Christian. Tchéky Karyo, F. Murray Abraham, Rutger Hauer, Amanda Plummer, Julia Ormond, Assumpta Serna, Anthony Higgins, Diana Quick, Michael Gough, Maia Morgenstern, Magdalena Ritter, Bruce Myers, Leon Lissek, Michael Byrne, Stefan Patoli. 119 min. France / UK / Germany / Romania. English. Colour.
Wish You Were Here (1987)
A scene in which Geoffrey Hutchings, as Hubert Mansell, leaves for his lodge meeting, placing his Master Mason's apron and white gloves in his case, has not been located. Other references to his masonic membership have been identified. [00:56:50] [Viewed but not confirmed]
Directed by David Leland, written by David Leland. Emily Lloyd, Tom Bell, Jesse Birdsall, Clare Clifford, Barbara Durkin, Geoffrey Hutchings, Charlotte Barker, Chloe Leland, Charlotte Ball, Pat Heywood, Abigail Leland, Susan Skipper, Geoffrey Durham, Sheila Kelley, Neville Smith. UK, English, 92 min., Mono, Colour.
Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (Video 1999)
A "freemason logo" has been reported on a card held up as the camera pans an unspecified scene. [viewed but not confirmed]
Directed by Jack Sholder, written by Peter Atkins and Jack Sholder. Holly Fields, Chris Weber, Al Foster, Andrew Divoff, Vyto Ruginis, Randy Hall, Maria Genero, James Staszkiel, Paul Johansson, Robert LaSardo, Carlos Leon, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Rhino Michaels, James Kim, Simon Kim, Simon Tiger. USA, English, 96 min. Dolby Digital, Colour.
Television
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
In an unspecified episode a crooked police officer replies, when asked for an alibi, "I had seventy-six witnesses... lodge meeting." No episode specified. [Unconfirmed]
Created by Elizabeth George. Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Lesley Vickerage, Catherine Russell. United Kingdom. No. of episodes, 23 90 min. BBC One, 12 March 2001 – 1 June 2008
Only Fools and Horses
The fictional character, Boycie, is shown as being a freemason in Heroes and Villains (1996/12/25) In another, unspecified, episode the claim is made that Rodney calls Boycie a "freemason car dealer." This may be "Strangers on the Shore" (2002/12/25). [Viewed but not confirmed]
Created by John Sullivan. David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Buster Merryfield, John Challis, Kenneth MacDonald. BBC (65 episodes, 1981-2003). UK, English
The Sweeney
One episode ends with John Thaw commenting to Dennis Waterman, "Give me a bottle of Scotch and the masons anytime." No episode specified. [Viewed but not confirmed]
Created by Ian Kennedy Martin. Starring John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan. United Kingdom. No. of series, 4; No. of episodes 53. Thames Television, 50 minutes. ITV, 1975/01/02-1978/12/28.
True Blood
A masonic ring has been reported as seen in Hoyt's home in an unspecified episode in season two. [Viewed but not confirmed]
Directed by Daniel Minahan, written by Alan Ball (creator), ("Sookie Stackhouse" novels by Charlaine Harris). Season 2: 14 June 2009 - 13 September 2009 (12 episodes). Seven seasons, 81 episodes.

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