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

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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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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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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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What's the origin of the “'ello, gov'nor” line?

This line is often used in TV shows, usually when a character is trying to use an english accent. He will use a british slang and say something along the lines of 'ello gov'nor! Two examples from ...
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References to Voyager 1 / Cassini photographs?

Voyager - a famous interstellar mission - produced pictures after passing Saturn. To me it seems too much of a coincidence that a shot in the film Interstellar featuring a distant shot of the space ...
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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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Reference to ruined pizza in 'Inside Out'

In Inside Out there's the following dialogue (as quoted here from its IMDb page): Anger: [seeing slices of pizza with only broccoli on top] Anger: Congratulations San Francisco, you've ruined ...
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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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What is the Owl?

In Clash of the Titans (2010), Perseus finds a metal owl. It's obviously some sort of in-joke, but what's the reference?
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Does The 100 have a relationship to/with Battlestar Galactica?

So I recently(ish) watched the first season of The 100 on Netflix and couldn't help but notice the similarities it had to Battlestar Galactica (specifically Ronald D. Moore's remake). This is both in ...
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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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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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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's up doc?” - Is Bugs Bunny impersonating someone?

It turns out that Bugs Bunny was impersonating someone when he ate the carrot. Was he also impersonating a contemporary actor when he asked What's up doc? or is that a Bugs Bunny original?
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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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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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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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Is there real connection between The Machinist and Dostoyevsky's books?

I've asked myself why the imaginary co-worker of Reznik in The Machinist (2004) is called Ivan, and why Reznik himself reads "The Idiot". According to Wikipedia, Ivan is reference to "The Brothers ...
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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 Chandhramukhi / Manichitrathazhu / Bhool Bhulaiyaa a partial copy of Vertigo?

I watched Vertigo recently and I noticed that there were some really striking similarities between Vertigo and Chandramukhi/ Manichitrathazhu /Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Is it true that the makers really ...
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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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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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Woman in red from The 100 connection to Matrix

I've noticed that in the Matrix, the woman in red was part of the simulated program, meant to catch attention and appear harmless. The 100 woman in red appears to be serving a similar purpose, it is ...
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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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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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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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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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Are any of Peter Parker's early costume designs allusions to the comic books?

In the first Spider-Man movie, when Peter is deciding to become a costumed wrestler, he sketches out a handful of possible costume designs that don't look much like a Spider-Man suit, but do look a ...
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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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Is True Detective (S2) based on “The Big Nowhere”?

I am one of that dying breed who likes movies but reads the book before, sometimes long before, the movie comes out. I was wondering if anyone has noticed that the characterizations and storyline in ...
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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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Is Nolan citing Borges?

When I was watching Interstellar a few days ago and Cooper passed the black hole horizon to find himself in a "non-space" on the other side of his daughter's bookshelves where he had access to all ...
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Is this Green Lantern and Batman reference intended for a Justice League movie?

In Man of Steel, there are two references to other DC character, such as: First Christina Wren's character called Carrie Ferris in the film resemblance to Blake Lively's character Carol Ferris from ...
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Why did Flash completely avoid mentioning Supergirl?

In Flash S02E18 "Versus Zoom", Flash accidentally passes through a blue portal during his speed test and after his return he asks how much time has passed. It's surely a nod to the crossover episode, ...
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The Departed reference in How I Met Your Mother

In HIMYM, there's a continual reference to the movie Departed in the dialogue between Ted and Marshall, which goes like: "-Are you a cop? -I'm not a cop." You can watch the scene here, which is from ...
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Drawing room romance parody in “Hail, Caesar!”

I was able to identify most of the parodies in "Hail, Caesar!". For example, the sailors dancing scene is "On the Town" (1949). However, I could not figure which movie the drawing room romance was ...
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Inside Out: what is “non-objective fragmentation”?

In Inside Out animated film, in a scene where two personifications of emotions (Joy and Sadness) walk into the area of Abstract Thought, they undergo a dangerous process which consists of four phases: ...
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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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Is there really a bugle trophy in Man of Steel?

As per IMDb In Perry White's office at the Daily Planet there is a bugle trophy on top of the shelf. This is surely a reference to the Marvel Comics newspaper office the Daily Bugle and I think ...
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What are all the film references in 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl'?

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl contains many low-budget parodies of classic films and I'm trying to list all the references in it. IMDb mentions some, but they're not all there [It's missing 8 1/2 (...
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Meaning of Mark Hamill's “I am your father” line from The Flash

As we all know, Mark Hamill was Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Last year, he also played in a The Flash episode, named Tricksters. Now, in that episode, he tells Alex the famous line I am your father. ...
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What video game are the ninjas from?

In Pixels, Josh Gad's character battles several chibi-style ninjas that are assaulting a school bus. I do not recognize what video game these ninjas are from. What game are they from, or are they ...
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What does Oliver's joke in S01E14 about being trapped on an island with his only friend named Wilson mean?

In Arrow episode S01E14 Oliver makes a joke that he was trapped on an island and his only friend was named Wilson. What does this joke mean? People say that it is related to the Tom Hanks movie "Cast ...
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Why did Arrow play homage to Blue sky?

Why did Arrow play homage to Breaking Bad in S02E06 by showing Blue Sky? The Walking Dead did that but those two were from the same network, but why did the Arrow TV series do that? Is there any ...
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What is the meaning of the symbols on the Arrowhead in the season 3 intro?

In the Arrow season 3 starting and ending intro, the Arrowhead got changed from plain to thicker one with symbols embodied on it, as depicted below Is there any deep meaning/symbolism behind those ...
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Who really is “the meanest motherfucker in the valley”?

In Renny Harlin's 1999 Deep Blue Sea LL Cool J gives a great badass interpretation of the classic 23rd Psalm of the old testament: Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I ...
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What did Q's hint that a watch tells time tell James but not me?

In Spectre, Q hands James a watch. Asking what it can do, he responds "It tells the time." A nice pun in what's also an ad for the Omega Seamaster 300. In cinema, before the movie started, they ...
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Reference to a Danish version of something on the TV series The Magicians

Main character Quentin was talking about some Danish version of a movie or TV show. -It's not sleight of hand if you're gonna use CGI. -Well, I'm sorry. It's just.. That's insulting to anyone ...