The traditional definition of a theatrical prop is; any object that a character interacts with during the action of a scene. In film, props are that and yet so much more. A prop can be a small plot point, a central plot element, an offhand item or even a character in itself.
Throughout film history, there have been hundreds of memorable props. These props become forever associated with the films in which they appear, and often end up as highly sought-after memorabilia for fans.
Narrowing down the possible props that could appear on this list was almost an impossible task. There was the box of chocolates from Forrest Gump that gave inspiration to a much-quoted film line, the horse’s head from The Godfather that became a common cultural reference, and the Swingline red stapler from Office Space that had scores of people trying to buy the same one, only to find that Swingline did not actually make a red stapler. The power of a good prop has no bounds. Here is a list of some of film’s most memorable props.
10. Cobb’s totem/spinning top (Inception)
Christopher Nolan’s 2010 visual masterpiece Inception caused much discussion, in particular the final scene and controversial ending involving a now iconic film prop. Earlier in the film, it has been established that a personal totem can tell if one is experiencing a dream or reality. In Cobb’s case, a spinning top will spin indefinitely if he is stuck in someone else’s dreamscape, or will topple if he is in the real world. In the final scene, Cobb spins the top but the screen cuts to black before the audience sees whether the totem topples or not.
Property master Scott Maginnis took an old spinning top that belonged to Nolan, and completely redesigned it. He → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema