The History of Alliance

Rubber Bands In The Movies

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Rubber Bands are famous, especially Alliance Rubber Bands. You may not know it, but they have a long history of work with the big screen.

Some of the credits for these sturdy rubber inventions that can stretch up to six times their length include “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” which shows one of our rubber band products holding Michael Douglas’ files together when he leaves prison. There’s also the Mel Gibson movie, “What Women Want” that features the Bandyball®. Rubber bands also adorn Tommy Lee Jones’ desk in "The Fugitive." One can’t forget "Memphis Belle" or the airman with a trusted rubber band, either.

Even MacGyver, who appeared in a MasterCard television commercial for Super Bowl XL, knows the value of a rubber band. In his commercial, according to online sources, "...he manages to cut the ropes binding him to a chair using a pine tree air freshener, uses an ordinary tube sock as the pulley for a zip-line, and somehow repairs and hot wires a nonfunctional truck using a paper clip, ballpoint pen, rubber band, tweezers, nasal spray, and a turkey baster."

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Rubber bands are not just famous on the big screen. They also work behind the scenes.  Willard of Arkansas, a professional videographer, sent us the following picture.  When he is filming, he likes to use a rubber band to move his tripod handle back and forth. He says this reduces vibration on the handle and improves the quality of the picture.

Whether it is on the big screen or behind the scenes, rubber bands play a vital role in the movie industry. Just one more way rubber bands make a difference in your life.

Share your comments about rubber bands. We’d like to thank Margaret S. the winner of our latest blog post. She receives a prize pack and t-shirt.

Thank you for being here and participating in our “Stretch the Limits of Alliance Rubber Bands” contest!!  Remember to comment below!

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