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Old 02-17-2004, 10:27 PM   #1
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Movie references

There have been a few posts on this topic, but scattered among different threads. Here's my take ... I've added a few more (again!), check them out. In bold are movies acknowledged as influences by the man himself.

The list includes references to Batman, the Big Sleep, Casablanca, Chinatown, Citizen Kane, Detour, Double Indemnity, Gilda, the Godfather, James and the Giant Peach, the Maltese Falcon, Mildred Pierce, the Nightmare Before Christmas, Out of the Past, Rififi, the Seventh Seal, the Third Man and the Wizard of Oz.
  • "I'd like you to handle this operation/interrogate him ... personally."(Batman)
  • Terry's arrest is similar to that of Ugarte's (Casablanca)
  • Terry's high-pitched speech is very similar to that of Everett Sloane/Mr. Bernstein (Citizen Kane)
  • The little oval numbered lights of the casino control panel in Manny's office are very similar to the lights in the elevator in Double Indemnity.
  • "Here kitty, kitty." (The Third Man)
  • The roulette croupier, game rigging on number two, "Les jeux sont faits" (Casablanca, Gilda, Rififi)
  • The grim reaper, mural of the grim reaper on the casino wall (The Seventh Seal)
  • Art of the Petrified Forest, the 'portal' down to it (Nightmare Before Christmas)
  • Chowchilla Charlie as Peter Lorre/Ugarte (Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon)
  • Maximino as Marlon Brando/Vito Corleone (The Godfather)
  • Manny the insurance salesman as Fred MacMurray/Walter Neff (Double Indemnity)
  • Manny from rags to casino/café owner as Humphrey Bogart/Rick Blaine, Glenn Ford/Johnny Farrell and Joan Crawford/Mildred Pierce (Casablanca, Gilda, Mildred Pierce)
  • Glottis the frustrated pianist as Tom Neal/Al Roberts (Detour)
  • Glottis the incurable gambler as Jean Servais/Tony le Stéphanois (Rififi)
  • Police Chief Bogen as Claude Rains/Captain Renault and Joseph Calleia/Detective Maurice Obregon(Casablanca, Gilda)
  • Salvador Limones as Paul Henreid/Victor Lazlo (Casablanca)
  • Hector LeMans as Sydney Greenstreet/"The Fat Man" (The Maltese Falcon)
  • The Blue Casket as the Blue Parrot (Casablanca)
  • Hector's greenhouse (The Big Sleep)
  • Sewers (The Third Man)
  • Olivia and Nick "caught in the act" photograph, murder over a photograph (Chinatown)
  • Double N Tickets as the letters of transit (Casablanca)
  • Searching for a particular woman who unfortunately just got away on a boat - or did she? (Out of the Past)
  • Masked ball (Gilda)
  • Spiderwebs, evil submarines and crusher thingies, saving by flying (James and the Giant Peach)
  • The Keeper of the Gate as the Guardian of the Gate to the Emerald City (The Wizard of Oz)
  • Escaping through a hole in the ground, cracking open a safe, a drill and fire extinguisher as tools, Lupe as the coat lady (Rififi)

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Old 02-18-2004, 10:58 AM   #2
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Cool. When my site comes up, I'm going to have a full list of movie references and stuff like that...

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Old 02-18-2004, 12:12 PM   #3
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And again I got a new reason to finally see Casablanca. Maybe one day...


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Old 02-19-2004, 12:34 AM   #4
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Full Throttle has a great Dr. Strangelove reference (the self-destruct passcode is "Purity of essence")


There's no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going. There's no knowing where we're rowing or which way the river's flowing. Is it raining? Is it snowing? Is a hurricane a-blowing? Not a speck of light is showing, so the danger must be growing. Are the fires of hell a-glowing? Is the grisly reaper mowing? Yes, the danger must be growing 'cause the rowers keep on rowing, and they're certainly not showing any signs that they are slowing. AAAGGHHH!!!
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Old 02-19-2004, 05:37 AM   #5
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Btw, the reason my site isn't up is because I am not good enough at all the dynamic stuff like php. So at the moment I am taking a tutorial on it. Once I know that, I will ptobably be able to fix the site.

I can do everything else at the moment, just not the coding.

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Old 02-20-2004, 12:34 AM   #6
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Hey you know your old movies
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Old 03-08-2004, 03:16 PM   #7
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Star Wars

I assume most of you blokes already know, but Manny is in Star Wars episode one.
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Old 03-08-2004, 10:12 PM   #8
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I actually heard that was false; misgiven information. Some guy told everyone that, they all saw it, then realizing you could barely see it at all, and just thinking it was Manny. It would've been cool if it were, but that was pretty much just a rumor that everybody was enveloped by. Sorry.

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There's no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going. There's no knowing where we're rowing or which way the river's flowing. Is it raining? Is it snowing? Is a hurricane a-blowing? Not a speck of light is showing, so the danger must be growing. Are the fires of hell a-glowing? Is the grisly reaper mowing? Yes, the danger must be growing 'cause the rowers keep on rowing, and they're certainly not showing any signs that they are slowing. AAAGGHHH!!!
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Old 03-09-2004, 08:25 AM   #9
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This may not be a movie referal, but Salvador Limonez reminds me of Che Guevara
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Old 04-07-2004, 07:34 PM   #10
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And again I got a new reason to finally see Casablanca. Maybe one day...
Same here, I suppose I should get around to seeing it sometime in the future
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Old 04-08-2004, 11:48 PM   #11
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In episode 1
Tatione junk yard a robot that resembles Manny drives a garge crushing device that looks like the forklift


P.S. Commies aren't cool

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Old 03-17-2005, 12:59 PM   #12
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I wonder if all of these are actual references or just pure coincidences. I'm not here to spoil anyone's fun, but just because there is something similar between GF and some movie, it doesn't necessarily mean that it was meant as an easter egg.

For example, I have used the line "Here kitty, kitty" a couple of times in my writing, but I have never seen the movie from which it is.

Most of the things on the list were probably intended to be that way because they are references to famous movies, but sometimes a tree is just a tree (because I can't remember how the actual saying goes).


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Old 03-18-2005, 02:24 AM   #13
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Well, Tim Schafer has openly acknowledged the influence of the old film noir movies in his work (most references of which I took from, the Third Man being considrered one of the best noir, so surely Tim's seen it) and I'm willing to bet he's seen plenty more too. I really don't think it's a long stretch to say that nearly all of these are direct references to movies he's loved and studied.

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Old 03-18-2005, 04:23 AM   #14
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Oh, I didn't mean that it wasn't a reference. I haven't even seen the movie in question, so I can't say much about it.

However, I know people who think that a character's hair colour or the first letter of their name is a reference, and I didn't want the GF list to become silly like that.


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Old 06-03-2005, 12:27 PM   #15
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Just added five or six movies. Can't believe it's been over a year

I haven't even played the game since but it won't leave my head.
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Old 06-04-2005, 02:04 AM   #16
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"The Petrified Forest" is another movie starring Humphrey Bogart(of Casablanca)
Just thought I should mention it.
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Old 06-04-2005, 01:30 PM   #17
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Good one, Samnmax, I'll get around to watching that.

Cat People and the Birds were two other movies that made me think of GF, if only because of the obvious fascination with the animals. Nothing outside of that, though.
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Old 07-23-2005, 05:38 PM   #18
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Not exactly a referance but I happened to be watching "An officer and a gentleman" the other day and thought the voice of one of the officer candidates sounded firmiliar. I looked at the end credits and low and behold it was Tony Plana (voice of Manny. If you happen to see the movie he plays officer Candidate Della Serra and actuelly has quite a bit of time on screen.
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Old 08-12-2005, 09:23 PM   #19
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Not exactly a referance but I happened to be watching "An officer and a gentleman" the other day and thought the voice of one of the officer candidates sounded firmiliar. I looked at the end credits and low and behold it was Tony Plana (voice of Manny. If you happen to see the movie he plays officer Candidate Della Serra and actuelly has quite a bit of time on screen.
That's cool... he's been around. He played a terrorist that gets killed early on in the last season of "24". Apparently he's lent his voice to a "Star Wars" video game and a "Chronicles of Riddick" video game as well. Looks like he was also in a recent zombie move called "El Muerto"... man I gotta see that.

Plana's filmography...


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