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This is a list of the films that I know about that contain scenes of guys wearing rubber wellington boots or waders/hipboots.  I would be happy to add to it if anyone knows of any other such films.  Please email me

Above Us the Waves (1955)   A British black and white war film starring John Mills about a special naval force
trained to operate mini-submarines. Many of the cast wear turned down wellies throughout and some are shown in waders. It's one
of those films which turn up on British daytime TV.

Alaska Seas (1953) Starring Robert Ryan.  A film about the owner of a salmon cannery in Alaska who hires a man who had formerly been his partner, and comes to regret it.  A lot of the characters spend a lot of time in hip boots and there is generally more rubber in this film than any other

Alexandre Le Bienheureux (1967)  A French film starrring  Phillipe Noiret as a farmer who prefers sleep to work. After his wife dies he takes to his bed for good.  He becomes entranced by a beautiful young woman and proposes marriage but he balks at the altar and retreats back to his previous life.  The farmer wears rubber boots all the time.

Alligator (1980)  A film about an baby alligator that gets flushed down the toilet and grows to an enormous size.  There are some shots of rubber boot clad men in the sewers searching for the alligator and a piece of tantalising dialogue of a young policeman ordered to search the sewers insisting that he will need a pair of rubber boots for this dirty job.

And God Spoke (1994)  Two wannabee moviemakers in Hollywood, are looking to break into big time. Utterly talentless but eager, they hit upon making a movie about the Bible because of its built in audience.   In a scene of Jesus walking on the water, a hip booted stage hand goes out to test the depth of the water.

Assassins  (1995) Starring Sylvester Stallone and Antonia Banderas.  Sylvester Stallone is a seasoned hitman who just wants out of the business with no back talk. But Antonio Banderas, a younger assassin  is having a field day trying to kill said older assassin. In the opening scene Sylvester Stallone is in black knee high rubber boots walking along with his target in a swamp.   The victim turns to him eand says no wonder you are wearing rubber boots.  It is only during the start of the film however that there is emphasis on Stallone's rubber boots and they are on  full view until the end of the opening scene.

A Whale for the Killing (1981) TV Film with Richard Widmark.  When a whale is discovered in a town’s lagoon, the hero sets out to save its life.  The film contains some rubber booted men.

Backdraft (1991) Starring  Kurt Russell and Robert de Niro.  A story about firemen, their fights amongst themselves and their loved ones.   The film seems tailor made for lovers of rubber hip boots.   The boots (and the men) are all big and in full black rubber boots and gear .

The film ems tailor made for lovers of rubber hip boots.  The boots (and the men) are all big and in full black rubber boots and gear.

Bayo (1985)  A Canadian made film set in the Maritimes and featuring many characters clad in rubber knee boots and rolled down hip boots.  One character, Squid, never appears without them.  The film also features the “Rubber Boot Song”.

Brubaker (1980) Starring Robert Redford.  A film about a prison governor trying to sort out corruption in his prison.  There is a scene towards the end with Redford and the prisoners in rubber knee boots digging a field looking for bodies.

Buried on Sunday (1992)  A Canadian made film about a fishing village which responds to government cutbacks by declaring independence. The gorgeous young star appears in rolled down hip boots while playing mini golf, plus a few other distance shots of boots.

Call of the Wild (2000)  A video filmed in Canada in the country around Montreal.  There are two lengthy scenes which feature gorgeous men in rubber boots.

Cannery Row (1982) Starring Nick Nolte & Debra Winger.  An offbeat romantic comedy about a pair of mismatched lovers. Quite a few scenes of Nolte in his hip-boots.

Captains Courageous (1937) Starring Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholemew and Mickey Rooney.  A famous old film set primarily on a Portuguese fishing vessel.  There are lots of shots of rubber clad fishermen and, at that time child star, Freddie Bartholemew in hip boots.

Car Wash (1976) Starring Richard Pryor .  The film is about a bunch of guys working in a car wash who have all manner of strange people coming to their car wash.  Most of the scenes have some of the workers wearing black rubber wellingtons and there is a scene with the son of the boss getting soaked as he walks through the brushes and he is wearing rubber boots in that scene.

China
Seas1935) Starring Clark Gable. Clark Gable is the skipper of a tramp; steamer sailing the China seas and fights Malay pirates. Gable is hip booted throughout most of the film and collapses on his bunk in them.

City on Fire (1978) Starring  Ava Gardner, Henry Fonda and Shelley Winters.  A disaster movie with firemen in rubber hip boots attempting to put out the fires.  There is one excellent scene where an injured fireman is lifted by his boot tops onto a stretcher.

The Closer You Get (2000)  This light comedy conerns the men of a small Irish village who bemoan the lack of attractive eligible  women in their town and so they put an advert in a Miami newspaper.  Then to the amusement of the local womenfolk they sit back and await the arrival of their potential brides.   Lots of the men wear rubber boots as they go about their daily affairs.

Day of the Triffids (1962) Starring Howard Keel.  There are a few shots of an older man strutting about in a full-length raincoat and knee high rubber boots.  Before long he is struck down and killed.  His companion hoists him above his shoulder to carry him home and at this point you see quite a good shot of the stiff’s boots.

Delicatessan (1991)  A post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an aparment building who creates cannibalistic meals for his odd tenants.   It contains extended scenes from the sewers where the ‘villains’ are dressed in heavy industrial rubber suits, boots and masks.

Faites Sauter la Banque (1964)  A French film starring the comedian Louis de Funés who is shopkeeper who thinks he has been drefrauded by the Bank and plans to rob it by diggiing a tunnel.   He wears rubber boots when he is digging the tunnel.

Ghostbusters ll (1989) Starring  Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and Sigourney Weaver.  Ths staff of Ghostbusters are at it again and has three of the team going into the sewers in waders and oilskins and coming out covered in grunge.

The Good Life (in US Good Neighbours) (1975)  A British sit-com concerning a man and his wife who turn their Surbiton home into a self-sufficient farm-cum-allotment, growing their own food, keeping animals and making their own tools and equipment.  They are both in rubber knee boots most of the time.

The Great Escape (1963) Starring Steve Macqueen and Richard Attenborough.  Several hundred Allied POWs plan a mass escape from a German POW camp via a tunnel.  One character is frequently seen in turned down rubber boots

Guns of Navarone (1961) Starring Gregory Peck, David Niven,  Anthony Quinn and Stanley Baker.  A classic British second world war film about a British team sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy a massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.  Towards the end there is a long scene where the team is climbing up a rock face wearing rubber boots.

Hard Rain (1998) Starring Morgan Freeman and Christian Slater. Christian Slater is an armored truck guard who gets robbed by Morgan Freeman.  It has police in raingear and rubber boots.

Hell Drivers (1957) Starring  Stanley Baker and Patrick McGoohan.  A British film about truck drivers driving ballast lorries. Most of the truck drivers wear turned down rubber boots all the time.

I know what you did last summer (1997)  Adaptation of Lois Duncan's thriller about four teenagers trying to cover up a hit-and-run.  It has fishermen in rubber boots and oilskins.

I love huckabees (2004) Starring Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Jude Law and Mark Wahlberg.  A comedy in which, determkned to solve the coincidence fo seeing the same conspicuous stranger three times a day, Albert hires a pair of existentialist detectives who insist on spying on his everyday life while sharing their views on life and the nature of the universe.  There is a scene where where a number of men are carrying furniture all wearing turned down rubber hipboots.  In that scene you see Mark Wahlberg come out of the house and put on a pair of turned down hipboots which he does no take off throughtout the whole film.

Jaws (1975) The famous Steven Spielberg film about a gigantic great white whale which begins to menace the small island community of Amity and  a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.  Roy Scheider turns up at the boat fully dressed in marine blue PVC rainwear and rubber boots... and Robert Shaw replies... "I see you've got your rubber"

La Grand Seduction (Seducing Dr Lewis) (2003) A Canadian French language film which concerns the efforts of a ragtag fishing community on a tiny, impoverished island who must persuade a young Montreal-based doctor to live in their town in order to get a much-needed new factory.  Many of the inhabitants are fishermen and wear rubber boots.

La Horse (1970)  Starring Jean Gabin.  A French film.  Jean Gabin is a grumpy old farmer who rules his family with a rod of iron.  When he finds his son has been hiding drugs for the mob, he hides the drugs (and his son) and when members of the gang come looking for it, he kills them.  The characters on the farm all wear rubber boots most of the time.

Le Beau Serge (1958)  A  French film directed by Claude Chabrol.  The film, which has a gay undercurrent, concerns two friends who meet after many years absence when one of them returns to his hometown and learns that his childhood friend - a man he admires - has become an drunk and he jepordises his own health to save him.   The drunk is a truck driver who is always in rubber boots.

Le Boucher (1970)  A French film directed by Claude Chabrol.  Butcher Popaul meets schoolteacher Helene at a marriage in a small rural French village. They become friends. But girls are murdered in the area and Helene finds on the scene the lighter she offered to Popaul.  The Butcher Popaul wears rubber boots throughout the film.

Les Grandes Geules (Jailbirds' Vacation) (1967)  A French film starring Bourvil and Lino Ventura.  A pleasant leisurely comedy drama about some ex-convicts who are hired by a failing timber sawmill and eventually help the sawmill to survive.  The ex-cons wear rubber boots al the time.

Life is a Miracle (2004).  A film directed by Emir Kusturica.  A love story set during the war in Yugoslavia.   The main character wears rubber boots at the end of the film.

The Longest Yard (1974) Starring Burt Reynolds.  not to be confused with the remake in 2005.  A sadistic prison warden asks a former American football pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards.  The second half of the film consists almost entirely of the game of American football but about 20 minutes into the film, convict Burt Reynolds and some of the other prisoners splash about in the mud in knee high rubber boots during which there is also a great scene of Reynolds and one of the other prisoners dumping mud and slime down into each other’s rubber boots.

The Man with Two Brains (1983) Starring Steve Martin & Kathleen Turner.  There are two very brief, but tantalizing, shots of a gardener outside Turner’s window working in hip waders.

Masquerade (1988)  A recently orphaned millionairess, Olivia, really hates her scheming step-father and finds love with a young yacht racing captain.  Towards the very end there is a shot of a fireman with fully extended hip boots.


Mildred Pierce (1945) After her cheating husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful, but can't win the approval of her spoiled daughter. In the first 5/10 minutes a Californian policeman appears in a real downpour wearing  a great rubber coat over a leather police jacket. I can't remember if he wears rubber or leather boots, but he is such a sexy looking number it is almost unimportant.


Nous etions un seul homme (We were one man) (1979)  A  French film which takes place in 1943 in France.  A French farmer who is about to be married finds a wounded German soldier and takes him home to nurse him.  The discover a mutual attraction which leads to an intense relationship.   Many of the Frenchmen wear rubber boots.

Orca the Killer Whale (1977) Starring Richard Harris and Bo Derek.  An epic struggle between a strong and determined fisherman and an equally determined whale.  It takes a while but the hip boots finally come out and are worn steadily throughout the final third of the film.

The Perfect Storm (2000) Starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.  A true life drama in which a sword-fishing-boat Captain and his crew are caught in a freak storm which eventually destroys the boat. The Captain and crew wear rubber hip boots and yellow oilskins for most of the film

Peter Grimes  The opera by Benjamin Britten concerning a rough fisherman and his apprentice.  Peter Grimes and other appear in hipboots and rubber boots from time to time.  Various versions are available on DVD.

Ring of Bright Water (1969)  A cute, cuddly pet shop otter captures the heart of Graham Merill. It doesn't take Graham long to realize that London is no place to raise a slippery otter so he takes it to live in a ramshackle cottage on the coast of Scotland.  Most rubber boot shots are black knee boots but there is also one scene containing turned down hip boots.

The River (1984) Starring Mel Gibson & Sissy Spacek.  A film about two farmers who fight to retain their farm when bankers, real estate agents, and nature itself threaten to destroy their way of life.  There are quite a few scenes of Mel Gibson in a full length raincoat and knee high rubber boots battling a raging flood.

Run of the Country (1995) Starring Albert Finney.  A film about life in a small Irish market town.  It has several shorts of guys in rubber knee boots

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) Starring Albert Finney.  The life and loves of a brawling, boisterous factory worker stuck in a dreary industrial city in the English midlands. In one scene Albert Finney is wearing rolled down hip boots at the local fishing hole.

Scarecrow (1973) Starring Al Pacino & Gene Hackman.  This buddy picture contains a short sequence with Pacino working at a car wash, clad in awkward rubber boots.

The Secret (1992) Starring Kirk Douglas.  Michael Dunmore has lived his whole life with a secret which he believed would only cause shame if it came to light. Good looking Bruce Boxleitner appears in hip high boots wading through cranberry marshes

The Sleeping Tiger (1954) Starring Dirke Bogarde.  A lame and unintersting film.  However there is one brief scene where Alexis Smith attempts to seduce Dirk Pogarde, who is reclining on his bed still clad in his hip high rubber boots that he has been fishing in.

Southern Comfort (1981)  A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamps must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes.  There is lots of rubber in the Cajun swamps of Louisiana but the photography is so dark that it is sometimes difficult to see the rubber boots.

Spawn of the North (1938) Starring George Raft & Henry Fonda.  A black and white film shot    In the rugged glacial wilderness of Alaska where battle lines are drawn between conservationist vigilantes led by an earnest fisherman and fish poachers allied with the fisherman's erstwhile best friend.  It contains a lgreat deal of wet weather gear and hip boot action.  Apparently it was the prototype for Alaska Seas (see above)

They Drive by Night (1938) Starring Emlyn Williams and Earnest Thesiger.  DO NOT CONFUSE THIS FILM WITH ANOTHER OF THE SAME NAME STARRING HUMPHREY BOGART AND GEORGE RAFT MADE IN 1940.  This British standard crime drama which  centres on truck drivers,most of whom walk around for much of the film in turned down rubber boots, takes a startling turn into horror in the final reel.

Time of the Wolf (2002) Starring Burt Reynolds.  An orphaned boy who lives with his aunt and uncle is very unhappy and makes friends with a young wolf whose life he has saved..  The boy is in rubber boots most of the time.

Tobruk (1967) Starring Rock Hudson & George Peppard.  A film about the second world war in which a Canadian officer, who is an expert topographer, must negotiate a company of British and German-Jewish commandos through 800 miles of the Sahara to aide a pending amphibious landing against Tobruk's massive fuel storage base. Opening scenes contain several actors clad in skin tight rubber scuba diving gear.

Toys (1992)  Starring Robin Williams and Michael Gambon.  A comedy in which a General takes control of a toy factory and starts to make the toy soldiers into wearpons of war.   There is a scene in the middle of the film where two soldiers are camping out and one of them is in rubber hipboots and the other in chest waderrs.

Two Weeks Notice (2002) Starring Hugh Grant and  Sandra Bullock.  A comedy in which Sandra Bullock is a top flight lawyer and Hugh Grant is her boss who treats her more like a nanny and makes her do everything for him.  There is one scene when they are on a building site and are both wearing black knee high rubber boots.  This is the only scene that the rubber boots are on full view.

Un Taxi Mauve (Purple Taxi)  (1977)  Starrimg Peter Ustinov, Charlotte Rampling, Fred Astaire and Phillipe Noiret,  The film is about a group of expatriates who,  for one dark reason or another, have settled in rural Ireland, there to fall in love and then to hurt or be hurt, by one another.  Two of the main characters spend most of their free time hunting in the Irish countryside.   They both wear rubber boots, and sometimes hipboots, almost all the time.

Village of the Damned (1960) Starring George Sanders.  In the small English village of Midwich everybody falls into a deep, mysterious sleep for several hours in the middle of the day and some months later every woman capable of child-bearing is pregnant. The children that are born out of these pregnancies have penetrating eyes that make people do things they don't want to do.  When the children are outdoors they wear rubber boots most of the time.

Whisky Galore (1948) Starring Basil Radford and Joam Greenwood. A very funny film where  Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship. There are some occasional shots of men in rubber knee boots.

Whistle down the Wind (1961) Starring Hayley Mills and Alan Bates.  Little Kathy discovers a man wanted for murder hiding in her family's barn. Kathy and her siblings are convinced that he is Jesus and try to hide him from grown-ups.  Most of the cast including the children wear rubber boots most of the time.

White Fang (1991)  Starring Ethan Hawke.  Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him.   There is a short scene in the middle where a boy is wearing rubber hipboots.

Who's Harry Crumb ? (1989) Starring John Candy.  A comedy about a private detective.  The opening shots of the bad guy are of him just in his rubber boots


 

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