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We’re in the dog days of summer, which means it’s time for BBQ, family reunions and going to see big blockbuster movies. In honor of the summertime Hollywood tradition, the staff here at BLEND thought we should have some fun and reflect on six iconic cigar smoking movie scenes. When asked to consider some iconic cigar scenes, these movies immediately came to mind:

1. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1967)

Who can forget Clint Eastwood’s iconic “Man With No Name” and the little cigarillos he smoked throughout the movie. With one of the greatest Western standoffs in history happening at the end of the movie, it’s hard to deny this as one of the most iconic smoking scenes.

While cigarillos are typically smaller than cigars, they are wrapped in tobacco leaves and are meant to be smoked like a cigar.

2. Independence Day (1996)

Will Smith’s character, Captain Steve Hiller, spends much of Independence Day waiting for the fat lady to sing so he can finally enjoy his victory cigar (spoiler: he does). With some of the most iconic moments in the movie, Captain Hiller shows just how awesome well-placed cigar smoking can be. In this particular scene, Smith is lighting up the Bering Imperial.

Cigars are smoked by multiple characters in the movie, including Julius Levinson, as well as his son, David, in the finale scene. Cigars have a long cinema history of attaching a certain edge and masculinity to a scene, particularly in the action genre.

3. Predator (1987)

Arnold Schwarzenegger, a known cigar aficionado in real life, smokes throughout the movie as Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer. He brings an aura of coolness and masculinity to the role as he leads his team into the Central American jungle to search for hostages and instead comes face to face with a predator.

This movie is a great example on the charisma and machismo cigars can bring to a scene and commonly how they are portrayed in movies, especially throughout the 80’s action era.

4. Black Hawk Down (2001)

Black Hawk Down is a movie based on a real U.S. military mission in Somalia. With an ensemble cast, the plot follows a patrol of soldiers working to capture a Somali leader. In the particular scene here, a Bolivar Belicoso Fino cigar is discussed, a staple Cuban cigar.

Cuban cigars are world famous and widely touted as being the best in the world with high quality ingredients and high quality care in putting it together. However, they are difficult to purchase and find outside of Cuba, particularly in the United States due to the trade embargo placed on Cuba in the 1960’s.

5. Wolverine (2000-present)

Hugh Jackman has spent a large part of his career bringing life to Wolverine, a comic book character from X-Men. Logan, AKA Wolverine, is well known for his smoking and and regularly seen with a cigar in hand, both in the X-Men ensemble movies and his standalone films.

The idea of a cigar-smoking mutant developed long before the movies. Wolverine has been a smoker throughout most of his comic book life since his first appearance in 1974. His ability to heal quickly made smoking a “healthy” option for him that added to his image of being a bit of a loose cannon.

6. Spiderman (2002)

While Spiderman is about as straight-laced as they come, Peter Parker’s boss at the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson, relishes the look and feel of a good cigar. Largely a comedic role, Mr. Jameson’s use of cigars portrays him as being preposterous, hilarious and memorable.

The cigar is used as a prop that effectively sets the scene and offers a different cigar perspective. While cigars are largely seen as edgy, masculine and fit for action heroes, Mr. Jameson here demonstrates their comedic value in films.

From westerns to dramas to action and superheroes, cigars have a lasting presence in the realm of cinema. Have questions about what kind of cigars are smoked in the movies? Come into BLEND for your own Hollywood movie experience by enjoying your own iconic smoke and drink.

What iconic movies come to your mind? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!


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