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.
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.
An undefined masonic reference has been reported but not confirmed. [unconfirmed]
Directed 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, Color, Dolby.
George Reeve's manager, played by Ben Affleck, is reported seen wearing a Craft lodge ring at 01:01:30. [Unconfirmed]
Allen Coulter 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 details are unavailable. Also see entry for John Berendt's novel. [unconfirmed]
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. [Unconfirmed]
Masonic symbols have been reportedly seen on documents handed to Nostradamus. [unconfirmed]
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)
Geoffrey Hutchings, as Hubert Mansell, leaves for his lodge meeting in Worthing, placing his Master Mason's apron and white gloves in his case. [Unconfirmed]
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. [unconfirmed]
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.
The villain, played by Ted Danson, is roasted at a society banquet. The podium is emblazened with a large square and compasses enclosing a pentacle. No episode cited. [unconfirmed]
Created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman. Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Željko Ivanek, Noah Bean, Tate Donovan, Anastasia Griffith, Marcia, Gay Harden, Timothy Olyphant, Ted Danson, William Hurt. United States, English. New York Sony Pictures TV FX (TV) July 24, 2007 – present.
In Plain Sight (2009)
One of the main characters asks a man wearing a masonic ring to be charitable and not seek revenge. [00:24:00]. He also had written a letter or poem citing the "ashlars of Solomon's Temple."
"We build our house on these manifold truths: rough hewn and perfect, like the ashlars of Solomon's temple. ... He is to be condemned, but also deeply pitied. Wrong and injustice once done cannot be undone, but are eternal in their consequences. ... Without verity, there is no justice." [unconfirmed].
"Duplicate Bridge" (2009) Directed by Bryan Spicer, created by David Maples, written by Lynn E. Litt. Original Airdate June 7, 2009 (Season 2, Episode 7) Mary McCormack, Fred Weller, Nichole Hiltz, Paul Ben-Victor, Clarke Peters, Holly Maples, Chris Mulkey, Cyrus Farmer, Deborah Knox, Nicole Gramlich, Ed Lottimer, Genia Michaela, Jon Kristian Moore, Tom Romero.
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
Marvel's Daredevil (2016) A report of square and compasses emblems on gravestones in a funeral scene is unconfirmed. [00:46:10]
Season 2 Episode 13 "A Cold Day in Hell's Kitchen" S02E13 (18 March 2016) Directed by Peter Hoar, written by Douglas Petrie, Marco Ramirez, created by Stan Lee, Bill Everett. Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Jon Bernthal, Elodie Yung, Scott Glenn, Carrie-Anne Moss, Royce Johnson, Rob Morgan, Matt Gerald, Geoffrey Cantor, Peter Shinkoda, Susan Varon, Ray Iannicelli, Maya Rosewood. USA, English | Japanese, 58 min., Dolby, Colour.
Only Fools and Horses....
Boycie, tells Del Boyer that he is in a masonic lodge and Del Boy petitions, only to be blackballed. Del asks who put in the black balls,to to be told by Boycie, "All of them."
in another episode Rodney calls Boycie a "freemason car dealer." No episodes specified. [Unconfirmed]
Created by John Sullivan. David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Buster Merryfield, John Challis, Kenneth MacDonald. BBC (65 episodes, 1981-2003). UK, English
One episode ends with John Thaw commenting to Dennis Waterman, "Give me a bottle of scotch and the masons anytime." No episode specified. [Unconfirmed]
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, 2 January 1975 – 28 December 1978.
In a scene at the local pub, the bar person asks a group of patrons, "Why are we all smart then? Are you all Masons?" No episode specified. [Unconfirmed]
Created by Simon Nye, directed by Jonathan Gershfield; Juliet May, starring Dawn French, Catherine Tate, Bill Bailey, David Bradley, Stewart Wright, Sean Foley, Richard Mylan, Robin Weaver, Anne-Marie Duff. United Kingdom, No. of series 2, No. of episodes 12, 30 minutes. BBC One, October 2002 – April 2004