While forklift operators do amazing things on a day to day basis, it’s rare that our exploits make it onto the big screen. However, just because it’s rare doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Here are seven of the best forklift scenes in film and TV.
Michael Scott has an accident – The Office US
The Office centres around hapless manager Michael Scott, portrayed by Steve Carrell. In this clip, while in the company warehouse, Michael decides to operate a forklift for himself, much to the alarm of his co-workers. Their alarm was well founded, as it turns out. Oh dear!
Driving a forklift into a wall – The Office US
One of the primary settings of The Office is a warehouse, so it’s little wonder that there’s more than one occasion of forklift-based comedy. This forklift accident will have anyone who works in health and safety watching through their fingers!
Failed three-point turn – Austin Powers
Anyone who has operated a forklift in a warehouse environment will relate to this one. Three point turns in tight spaces can be tricky and incredibly frustrating, as Mike Myers’ Austin Powers finds out the hard way in this clip.
Forklift Throw – The Incredible Hulk
Superhero films are no stranger to the bombastic action set pieces, just like this one from the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk. In the film, the Hulk attempts to bring down the film’s villain by hurling a forklift truck at him. Yes, really. We’d say don’t try this at home, but it is literally impossible.
Making a point – An Inconvenient Truth
In his widely viewed documentary, politician Al Gore hammered home the point that human activity is contributing significantly to the deterioration of the planet. When showing the acceleration of CO2 in the atmosphere on a graph, the line goes off the chart, so he uses a lift truck to reach it. Whatever you think of his politics, there’s no doubting that Gore makes an attention-grabbing point here.
Animated pitstop – Cars
It may sound crazy, but if it weren’t for a plucky little forklift, the good guys wouldn’t have won in 2006 family favourite Cars. At a crucial point in the film’s final race, the lead character’s tyre pops, sending him into the pit. One of his pit crew, a forklift named Guido, carries out a pit stop in seconds, allowing him to keep going and eventually win the race.
Forklift car chase – Ride Along 2
We’re going to go out on a limb here, and say that this is the most exciting clip in film history containing a forklift. After all, it’s not every day that you see a car chase involving a forklift.