Hear the ringtone - remember the movie?
March 31, 2011 5:52 AM   Subscribe

Which movie had a cell phone ringtone that sounded like this?

I watched a movie some years ago and I can't remember the name of it, nor what it was about, but I'd really like to see it again. I distinctly remember one and only one scene. The shot is facing down over what seemed like a cork tray, on which a cell phone lay. The cell phone rang and the screen had a blue illumination to it. It also vibrated and rotated slightly. The ringtone was a very minimal tune. I have tried to reproduce the ringtone using a flash-based music game. If you visit the tonematrix and right-click then paste the following code: 2,4,2,4,0,0,0,8,4,2,0,0,0,0,0,0 you'll hear what I believe was the very pleasant sounding ringtone. I think the phone may have been a gray colored Blackberry with keyboard buttons directly below the screen.

As I remember it, the phone went unanswered because its owner was in some kind of trouble. The mood was very foreboding. I have a feeling the movie involved Clive Owen or Harrison Ford. I've been trying to remember this movie for more than a year so if anyone can relieve me of this burden, I would be indebted to you for life.
posted by anon_for_this to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
It sounds like the Treo/Centro ringtone.
posted by 4ster at 5:59 AM on March 31, 2011


Here is an MP3 of what I am thinking of.
posted by 4ster at 6:05 AM on March 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


I agree with 4ster - it sounds like a Palm device.
I remember reading forums about my Palm Centro and there were questions/answers about sighting them in movies/TV.

Here's a thread about WebOS devices in movies.

I don't have time to keep searching right now, but maybe that will help get you started.
posted by CathyG at 6:10 AM on March 31, 2011


That is, beyond any doubt, exactly the ringtone I remember hearing. I will check out those links.
posted by anon_for_this at 6:14 AM on March 31, 2011


I'm thinking its a Clive Owen film too - maybe THE INTERNATIONAL.
posted by cinemafiend at 6:46 AM on March 31, 2011


It might also be THE INSIDE MAN.
posted by cinemafiend at 6:48 AM on March 31, 2011


I was thinking it sounded like Children of Men, but I'm not able to find supporting evidence thus far.
posted by esmerelda_jenkins at 7:02 AM on March 31, 2011


OK, I'm back from the dentist. Here are some other Palm placements...

2004 - The Little Black Book
Life As We Know It
Here's a Blackberry product placement (SFW, but you probably don't want your boss to see you looking at it), with links to others.
Here's a Blackberry in Party Animals.
2006 - A Good Year starring Russell Crowe
2008 - Eagle Eye (With mentions of a lot of other shows)
The Engadget blog has a whole series of cellphones featured in movies/shows.

Other shows that featured Sprint phones all the time (including the Centro) are iCarly, Bones, Heroes, Desparate Housewives, Better Off Ted, Smallville, Jericho, 24, Prison Break, Cloverfield, The Cleaner, Brothers and Sisters, Dirt

Most of these are pretty old, as the technology has moved on. Some of the forum posts that I was thinking about no longer exist
posted by CathyG at 8:17 AM on March 31, 2011


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