Men in Kilts, Men's Skirts, Sarongs and Other Kilt-like Clothing


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Movies showing men wearing kilts, sarongs, tunics, togas, robes, and other male unbifurcated garments. (No tranny stuff.)

(Arranged roughly in order of significance, as judged by the webmaster.)

Films featuring Scottish kilts:

BraveheartBraveheart (1995). Historians may question whether the real William Wallace ever wore a kilt, but that did not stop this Academy Award winning film - starring Mel Gibson as the Scottish hero - from becoming the greatest kilt epic of all time.

Rob Roy (1995) - starring Liam Neeson as the legendary kilt-wearing Scottish outlaw.

Tunes of Glory (1960) - British film with Alec Guinness in a kilted Highland regiment.

Mrs. Brown (1997) - Billy Connolly plays John Brown, the kilt-wearing Scottish servant who became a close companion of Queen Victoria after her husband's death.

King of Hearts  (Le Roi de coeur) (1966) - French film starring Alan Bates as a kilted Scottish soldier in World War I.

The 51st StateBonnie Scotland (1935) - A well-regarded Laurel and Hardy comedy. Haven't seen it yet, but I understand they join a Scottish regiment and wear kilts.

Formula 51 (a/k/a  The 51st State) (2001) - Action film starring Samuel L. Jackson in a kilt. Be forewarned that this film is grossly violent and populated with reprehensible characters spewing non-stop profanity. The only thing notable is that Jackson (an African-American) wears a tartan kilt throughout almost the entire film, which is set in the present-day U.S. and England. The kilt is magnificently macho and Jackson wears it well. When Jackson arrives in his kilt at the airport in England, one of the villains instructs his lackey to "follow the black man wearing a dress." At this point there arrive about a dozen African men wearing robes and caftans. The lackey becomes confused and follows them instead. This is an amusing example of why it's important to call a kilt by its proper name.

Brigadoon (1954) - Film version of the Broadway musical, in which Gene Kelly and Van Johnson play two American hunters who stumble upon a magical village in the Scottish Highlands.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) - starring George Lazenby in his only outing as Commander James Bond, 007. Pretending to be a Scottish gentleman, Bond wears a kilt in one portion of the movie. This so excites one of the women in the party that she reaches under his kilt and, with lipstick, writes her room number on his thigh.

The Avengers (1998) - This film got terrible reviews and I haven't seen it,but I understand that it features Sean Connery as a kilted villain.

Carry On Up the KhyberCarry On Up the Khyber (1968) - A British comedy in the "Carry On" series, which includes a "kilt check" in which the commanding officer of a Highland regiment investigates reports that one of the soldiers wears bloomers under his kilt.

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) - One of the weddings in the title takes place in Scotland, where the groom and most of the men appear in kilts.

So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) - In this comedy, Mike Myers plays both the main character and his Scottish father. There is a wedding celebration in which all the men wear kilts.

Highlander (1986) - A French actor plays a sometimes-kilted Highland warrior, while Scottish actor Sean Connery plays a Spaniard. Go figure.

Geordie (a/k/a "Wee Geordie")  (1955) - A Scottish lad represents Britain at the Olympics in hammer-throwing and insists on wearing his kilt.

My Life So FarMy Life So Far (1999) - A Scottish film, set in the post-World War I era, in which the boys wear kilts for church and sometimes for casual wear.

The Wicker Man (1973) - A classic horror flick, set on a Scottish island and featuring Christopher Lee in a kilt.

The Match (a/k/a "The Beautiful Game" - 1999) - Two Scottish pub soccer teams play each other in order to resolve a century-old grudge. One of the characters wears a kilt throughout the film.

A Life Less Ordinary (1997) - Ewan McGregor (a Scottish actor who frequently wears kilts off-screen) marries Cameron Diaz at the end and wears a kilt at the wedding.

Road to Bali (1952) - In one of their better "Road" pictures, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby play song-and-dance men who both wear Scottish kilts in one of their routines.

Rushmore (1998) - A Scottish student wears his kilt at a party near the end of the film.

Intolerable Cruelty (2003) - George Clooney and his best man wear kilts during a marriage ceremony at a wedding chapel in Los Vegas.

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) - Before the trip gets underway, Pat Boone visits his lady friend in Edinburgh while wearing a kilt and full Highland attire.  This scene did nothing to advance the plot, but it did give Boone an opportunity to sing and to show off his legs.

Casino Royale (1967) - I have been told that, at one point, David Niven wears a kilt in this James Bond spy spoof.

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) - Scottish actor Gordon Jackson (who later played Hudson in the Upstairs, Downstairs series) has a bit part as a Scottish aviator who wears a kilt throughout this comedy about an international air race set in 1910.

Men with Brooms (2002) - Offbeat comedy about a small-town Canadian curling team, in which I am told there is a piper who wears a kilt.

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) - This Orson Welles classic includes a boyhood scene in which the main character wears a fancy kilt-suit, in accordance with boys' fashion during the late 1800's. (Further details at the HBC website.)

Life with Father (1947) - In this comedy about family life in the 1880's, the youngest son wears historically accurate kilt-suits in a couple of scenes. (Further details at the HBC website.)

The Quiet Man (1952) - Excellent John Ford film, starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in a small Irish village, offering a few brief glimpses of men in kilts.

Films featuring Roman tunics and other ancient garb:

GladiatorThere were many of these movies back in the days of Cecil B. DeMille and the big Hollywood Biblical epics, until the cost became prohibitive. Recently, the magic of computer graphic imaging has breathed new life into this genre.  These are just a few examples.

Gladiator (2000) - Academy Award winning spectacle starring Russell Crowe in a tunic, in the first big movie of this genre in 40 years.

TroyTroy (2004) - Homer's epic comes to the big screen, with Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, and a host of male warriors wearing MUGs of antiquity.

Alexander (2004) - Oliver Stone epic in which Alexander the Great and his army of mini-MUGged Greeks conquered the ancient world.

Ben Hur (1959) - Charlton Heston plays a skirted charioteer.

Spartacus (1960) - Great Stanley Kubrick epic starring Kirk Douglas and a MUG-wearing cast of thousands.

Quo Vadis? (1951) - Lions vs. Christians in ancient Rome. This was my first introduction to "men in skirts."

Life of Brian (1979) - Monty Python's irreverent satire of Jewish-Roman relations in MUG-wearing ancient Israel.

Robin and Marian (1976) - Sean Connery as an aging Robin Hood in a tunic.

Films with males in sarongs, robes, and other male skirted garments:

The CupThe Cup (1999) - Tibetan men and boys in robes at a Buddhist monastery in India, in desperate search of a television set to see the World Cup soccer finals.

Bruno (released on video as "The Dress Code" - 2000). The skirt and dress-wearing boy in this film claims that he doesn't want to be a girl. Bruno tells his grandmother that his dresses are "holy vestments" (which he associates with the priests' vestments that he sees at church and the dresses worn by the angels in his dreams). When the head nun at his Catholic school objects to his wearing a dress, Bruno counters that men have worn "dresses" in many countries throughout history, and that even the Pope wears a dress. However, the film then departs from Bruno's original argument and puts him in wigs, make-up, and flamboyantly feminine attire. This send the wrong message for those of us who wish to promote male unbifurcated garments. Why doesn't Bruno have his dress-maker mom make him some kind of robe, cassock, or even a kilt? No - instead we see him dressed up like Diana Ross, the Queen of England, and a cowgirl, with wigs and all. By turning Bruno's quest for self-expression into a "cross-dressing" thing, the film perpetuates the stereotype that wearing dresses means dressing like a female. It is only at the very end, when he meets the Pope, that Bruno wears something that could be considered a dress designed for a male (a white robe similar to what the Pope is wearing).

Standing on Fishes In Country (1989) - directed by Norman Jewison and starring Bruce Willis as a traumatized Vietnam War veteran. In one scene, Willis wears a sarong around his house. His guests initially consider this to be a joke, like the cross-dressing Corporal Klinger in the M*A*S*H television series. But later Willis explains: "Socrates wore a skirt. All your Greeks and Romans wore dresses. It's healthy for a man to wear a skirt. He ain't all cramped up and stuff."

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - Arab robes and caftans abound in this award-winning classic.

Standing On Fishes (1999) - This independent film features Kelsey Grammar playing a European film director with a taste for high fashion. In one scene, shot in a trendy Sunset Boulevard restaurant, Grammar wears a Versace tunic coupled with a long ethnic wrap skirt and sandals.

The Time Machine (1960 version) - Science fiction flick by George Pal, based on the H.G. Wells novel. A Victorian Englishman travels into the far future and discovers a passive race of humans called "Eloi," in which both the men and women wear tunic-type dresses.

Zoolander (2001) - In this comedy about male fashion models, Owen Wilson's character Hansel wears a long green skirt when hanging out at his pad.

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) - Brief glimpses of Pierce Brosnan wearing a dark sarong while visiting a Caribbean island. Easy to miss if you're not looking closely.

Photographs: Scenes from Braveheart; The 51st State; Carry On Up the Khyber; My Life So Far; Gladiator; The Cup; Bruno; Standing on Fishes.

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