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Questions tagged [reference]

A mention, allusion, citation, or homage to other works.

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Is “Tom Hammond” a reference to something?

In The Accidental Terrorist, Hank finds out he's been getting scammed by his regular car salesman, Tom Hammond. In response, he prints out a large number of flyers that say "Tom Hammond's World of ...
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Why was “The Shining” playing at the drive-in?

In Twister, there is a scene at a drive-in movie theater depicting a calm evening with people sitting in their cars watching a movie. Within minutes, a tornado rips through the drive in movie causing ...
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Is this line in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone a reference to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

In the first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, made in 2001, Harry says (at around 1h57 into the film): "I mean, how many people wander around with dragon eggs in their ...
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Are these dream posters from Inside Out parodies of real films?

During Inside Out, Joy, Sadness and Bing Bong visit Dream Productions. There are several posters on the walls for "movies" that are broadcast into Riley's dreams. I found a list of them here which I'...
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What does the number 4587 mean in Legends of Tomorrow Arrowverse

What does the number 4587 mean? In one episode of Legends of Tomorrow, it was the pass for Felicity's warehouse and in another it was a cell number.
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Is the “Patience will untie it” rhyme a reference to something?

In The Flash Season 3, there are a couple of episodes (such as 3x06 "Shade" and 3x11 "Dead or Alive") where H.R. and later Cisco have said a rhyme that goes like this: "If a string is in a knot, ...
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What is the meaning of the Jerry Maguire reference in “Begin Again”?

In Begin Again, Saul uses a Jerry Maguire reference on Dan here: Saul: Don't bother her. Don't bother her. It's not Jerry Maguire. What is the meaning of the Jerry Maguire reference in "Begin ...
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What are all the films in Colonel Sandurz's collection?

In Spaceballs, Colonel Sandurz uses the Spaceballs film itself to find where the princess is. During that scene, we see Colonel Sandurz's film collection has many films: A few are quite easy to spot, ...
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Who are these people in the pictures in Adam's room?

In Only Lovers Left Alive, Adam has a wall of pictures of famous people. They appear to be authors, composers, and scientists. Who are they?
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Why Carrie didn't kill gym teacher in 2013 movie?

I saw the 1976 version of Carrie where she killed the gym teacher at the prom, However, in 2013 version she didn't. Why was this change made?
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How many references to famous Holmeses are there in Sherlock?

In Sherlock's series four finale "The Final Problem" there are multiple references to Basil Rathbone and possibly other famous Holmeses. In this Buzzfeed article is the following quote from one of ...
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Is Beast Boy's transformation of Justice League vs. Teen Titans a nod to Genomorphs from Young Justice?

In Justice League vs. Teen Titans, during the scenes in the hellish dimension, Beast Boy was able to turn into some new kind of creature like a werwolfish-beast, a griffin and an animal looks just ...
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Is the Rogue One final beach scene a reference to another movie?

When the Death Star fires offshore of the Scarif base, Jyn and Cassian embrace, knowing there's no escape and they will die soon. I thought that scene was reminiscent of some much earlier (non-Star ...
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Bob's Burgers “FM” references

In an episode of Bob's Burgers (Sheesh! Cab, Bob), Bob is driving a cab to get some extra money, and in one scene he turns on the radio and makes a comment like "FM! Nice!" Then in another episode (...
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Have we ever seen Data make use of his “multiple techniques” before First Contact?

At some point during Data's captivity and interrogation by the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact her tries to convince him go into a more instinctual direction: Borg: Are you familiar with ...
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Portrayal of women and children in Jones County revolt against the Confederacy

I am curious about the portrayal of children and women in the movie Free State of Jones - how accurate it is? No doubt they had an impact, but I am not sure they took part in real battles and fight ...
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Is there a precedent for the way the Lincoln Letter was used in The Hateful Eight?

"Ole Mary Todd's calling, so I guess it must be time for bed." This was such a great device, I'm wondering if it was purely a Tarantino invention or if he grabbed the idea from a previous book or ...
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What's the term for a scene in a film that references previous material to make a perfect moment?

Disclaimer: Contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If you haven't yet seen the movie and intend to, you may want to skip over this question. In the decades since Episodes 4, 5 and 6 of ...
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Was the incredible K-2SO inspired by an earlier kill droid, HK-47?

Statement: In Rogue One, we are introduced to the very witty, sarcastic, a bit morbid droid known as K-2SO. We find out he has been reprogrammed from his original state. And part of the reprogramming ...
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Are those “Through the Looking Glass” movie background quotes anyhow related to Lewis Carroll?

In the movie Alice Through the Looking Glass in mental institution scene (around 1:10:10) there are two quotes at the back wall. These two quotes fit greatly to the scene and bridge the underline ...
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Does Rogue One reference A New Hope in the way the Death Star's firing is depicted?

I just saw Rogue One and have a question about a possible reference, if it is one. The Death Star is used twice in RO, just as in A New Hope (it is destroyed before firing the second time in ANH). ...
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Did “The Final Countdown” inspire “The Philadelphia Experiment”?

The 1980 film "The Final Countdown", starring Kirk Douglas, is about a "modern day" Aircraft carrier transported 40 years back in time to WW2. A few years later, "The Philadelphia Experiment", ...
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Was 1970s Han Solo's name inspired by 1960's Napoleon Solo?

As asked, is the name chosen for the puckish rogue Han Solo in Star Wars, released 1977, inspired by the puckish rogue Napoleon Solo from The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which aired for four years in the ...
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Is the Joker mask used in the prank an homage to The Dark Knight?

In Person of Interest Season 1 episode 20, "Matsya Nyaya", John went undercover as a rookie under Tommy Clay. This episode is mostly themed about robbery and teammates killing each other. Like Tommy ...
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Is Hunger Games Allegory for Donald Trump?

I have heard it it was mentioned that President Snow from The Hunger Games is supposed to represent Donald Trump by the production or cast. Is this true? Why is this? How do President Snow and ...
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What does the joke “leave you Clampetts alone to your banjo lesson”, from 3rd Rock From the Sun mean?

In Season 1, episode 4, Sally talks to Dick and she and Dr. Albright say the following; Sally: Well, why didn't you say so? I mean, if sex is so important, you and I can do it right here on the ...
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Is Rick and Morty satire/parody of Doc Brown and Marty McFly?

As the title asks, is Rick and Morty satire/parody of Doc Brown and Marty McFly of the Back to the Future franchise? Or is it a generic play on the Mad Scientist and fish out of water cliché?
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Did Young Justice purposely reference The Bourne series?

In Young Justice S01E16 aka Failsafe, during the simulation when they send Superhero and soldiers from Hall of Justice to Mount Justice, when Superboy sent the first soldier in transportation, ...
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Has a movie ever referred to a later movie? [closed]

In an answer to another question, I wrote "characters in the later movie watch or discuss the earlier movie". Then it occurred to me, have characters in an earlier movie watched or discussed a later ...
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What is the connection between The Phantom Menace (1999) and The Shadow (1994)?

Introduction Today, I was leafing" through the IMDb page of the 1994 movie The Shadow. I stumbled across the Connections page and found, to my utter surprise, that Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom ...
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Which movie series are referenced in XKCD comic 1568?

When I was reading XKCD comics I came across this one In a previous comic I get it was Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Star Trek, but in this other one I only know Wandboy = Harry Potter. I suspect ...
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What is the meaning behind Lisa Simpsons triangle shaped red eyes?

In the Simpsons S28E3, titled The Town, Simpsons try to permanently move to Boston. Lisa gets really fond of Boston, as most of the town is made for intellectuals like her. Eventually the get back to ...
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Did the reference to the Boston Tea Party in “V for Vendetta” mean anything to British Audiences?

In V for Vendetta, the demagogue Lewis Prothero talks on his show about the Boston Tea Party, making the case not to support the US: "I think its payback time for a little tea party they threw for us ...
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Is the orange coat guy getting killed a reference to South Park's Kenny?

In an early scene of the movie Chappie (2015) there's this part in which a guy gets shot. It's noticeable that this is the first, and perhaps only, person that gets killed. As he falls down it's very ...
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Is there a certain comedian this South Park episode is referencing?

In episode season 20, "Douche and a Danish", Mr. Garrison talks in a manner similar to stand up comedy instead of holding a speech. Is this a reference to a certain comedian or just a generic ...
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Why does Zootopia have an intentional Breaking Bad reference?

When Judy is looking up on the case she finds, along with Nick, that there's a laboratory in a vehicle which processes a blue chemical to be sold in the market. While the chemist is making the ...
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Boutros Boutros-Ghali reference in Seinfeld

In the episode The Hamptons of Seinfeld when they see George's girlfriend topless each character expresses their surprise in a different way. Jerry goes like this: Boutros Boutros-Golly! Why did he ...
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To what movies do the soundtracks in this Masha and the Bear episode belong?

In the episode Den kino Masha and the Bear decide to film a movie, but can't agree on what movie to film; they show a few scenes inspired by well-known movies, then as the pace picks up the episode ...
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Do Harry Potter stories mention other popular stories?

In recent history Harry Potter stories have been mentioned in other popular story series such as Doctor Who and The Simpsons. Do any of the Harry Potter movies mention any other book or TV serials?
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How closely related are Teorema (1968), Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) and Visitor Q (2001)?

There are obvious strong parallels but I haven't see any interviews with Mazursky or Miike discussing the Pasolini film. The core relationship is that all three films involve a mysterious visitor who ...
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When did Brandon Routh mention his time as Superman in The Flash?

From Wikipedia page about Superman curse Routh eventually played recurring character Ray Palmer (The Atom) on other DC Comics-related projects, Arrow and The Flash. (In The Flash, characters even ...
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What movies does “Hell or High Water” reference?

What movies does the 2016 film Hell or High Water reference? Certainly there is a thematic congruence with The Wild Bunch regarding men, specifically bank robbers whom history has passed by. The ...
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Did Star Trek Beyond copy a scene from Titan A.E.?

In Star Trek Beyond, there is a scene where the Enterprise enters the nebula. It is flying slowly and there is a discussion about the collisions disturbing the sensors. When I saw this scene I had a ...
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Is this quote a reference to something: “Tout est mauvais! C'est un festival!”

During one scene in Les visiteurs: la révolution a character says Tout est mauvais! C'est un festival! ("Everything's wrong! It's a festival!") Is this a reference to something else? If so, what?...
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title reference of Pierce Brosnan James Bond movies

Reference for the title of the James Bond movies were either taken from the novel's by Ian Fleming or the particular story element. For eg. GoldenEye, Octopussy etc. GoldenEye refers to the ...
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Was the climax scene of Argo inspired by The Last King of Scotland?

In The Last King of Scotland (2006), Nicolas Gariggan escapes from Idi Amin in flight the same way Team from Argo (2012) escapes from the cops through flight. So was the climax scene of Argo inspired ...
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What was the significance of the books exchanged between Spud and The Guv?

In the film Spud, The Guv used to give books to Spud and there were constant references of these books. I can only spot and understand the reference of The Lord of the Rings which he even related with ...
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Who are the characters from which the five detectives are based in movie Murder by Death?

In the movie Murder by Death (1976), we are shown 5 famous detectives that are invited to a dinner. By names and manner I could understand on which two of them were based: Miss Marbles - Miss Marple ...
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What were the magic words used by Zemo and what's it referring to?

In Captain America: Civil War, Baron Helmut Zemo used some magic words to activate the brainwashing of the Winter Soldier. But these words seem a bit weird to me at first glance, I only remember one ...
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What is the most efficient way to search for / find uncommon films? [duplicate]

I'm obsessed with art discovery and I'd like to better my techniques of searching for film. More specifically, hidden gems. Not usual famous movies you can find easily on Jinni, or Tastekid. I mean to ...