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Wallets in Popular Media

[Exploring Wallets in TV & Film]

There’s a trend is discovering famous watches found in Movies or worn by esteemed celebrities. Whether it be the likes of Rolex, Omega, or rarer more expensive brands the search for which watch is what, is intense and the internet is full of articles on such. But what about the world of wallets? Over time wallets are becoming much akin to watches in that they becoming slowly more irrelevant (nobody needs a wristwatch for telling the time anymore), yet the market for them remains strong to this day. 

This article is going to look into different movies or TV Shows where a wallet is shown and perhaps plays a part in the story of the show. We cannot know for definite which brand of wallet some of these are, just that they play a part in a bigger picture in media filled with adventure, drama, charm, and comedy. Let’s dig right in. 

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    Pulp Fiction (1994)

    One of the most famous examples of wallets being used in Media is during one of Quentin Tarantino’s most beloved films – Pulp Fiction. In the movie, Samuel L. Jackson’s character uses a wallet embossed with the now popular phrase ‘Bad Motherfu**ker’ on it. This design and phase become such popular in the movie that the wallet quickly became a hot item for brands to make and sell. 

    We actually have a full article on the so-called ‘Bad Motherfu**er’ wallet which you can view here. Thanks to Pulp Fiction’s cult following, and the fame of QT himself it’s hard to say this is by far the most popular wallet on the planet coming from a movie. People and companies have also recreated the exact Pulp Fiction Wallet so you can own the wallet used by Samuel L. Jackson himself. You can read our full article on this wallet here. 

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    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

    When it comes to any wallet that influences the plot of a film, it’s hard not to think of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In this story, the main character Walter goes in search of a missing photo with the wallet itself being an integral part of the plot. One of the great aspects of the movie, and the wallet itself, is the quote embossed on the front of this highly unusual leather trifold wallet. 

    ‘To see the world, things dangerous to come to,

    To see behind walls. To draw closer,

    To find each other and to feel,

    That is the purpose of life’

    The popularity of the movie has led many brands to try and recreate the famous wallet with much success and it is available to purchase on the web. Read our full article and review of the secret life of Walter Mitty’s wallet here. 

    Howard the Duck (1986)

    I’m a little young myself to have expired the nightmare-fueled terror that is Howard the Duck. You only have to stare at him for a few seconds to really question why they made him look so demonic. Although the movie wasn’t rated very highly, it gets my seal of approval that’s to a particular heartfelt scene. 

    The main character Beverly Switzler comforts Howard and tucks him into sleep. She then notices Howard’s Wallet on the side, taking a look at its contents. Inside Howard’s very generic leather bi-fold are contents including banknotes (Duck-themed), a driver’s license, and most memorable a tiny condom slipped in one of the card slots. Now I don’t want to shame Howard, but I’ve written in the past regarding the potential issues regarding the storage of a condom in a wallet – don’t do it, Howard.

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