History ShoutOut / Film

20th Sep '17 3:09:33 PM Emperor_Oshron
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** One to ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', of all things: Aladdin admirably calls Abu "you hairy little thief" when he sees his companion has swiped the lamp from Jafar before they became trapped in the Cave of Wonders. Taran said the same thing, though less kindly, to Gurgi because of his obsession with taking the apple Taran has.
17th Sep '17 2:00:52 PM Gemser
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* ''Film/TheWorldOfKanako'': Detective Asai is a cop who is never seen without his lollipop. The same thing happens in ''{{Series/Kojak}}''.
27th Aug '17 5:56:28 PM LukeLynch
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** ''Film/MontyPythonMostlyLiveOneDownFiveToGo'': During the "Dead Parrot" sketch's famous HurricaneOfEuphemisms, Creator/JohnCleese adds the line, "He's expired and gone to meet [[Creator/GrahamChapman Dr. Chapman]]." Both he and Creator/MichaelPalin look to the heavens and give a thumbs-up, to a roar of applause from the audience.
9th Aug '17 10:00:30 PM PaulA
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* In ''Film/ButImACheerleader'' two people in an institution for curing the supposedly psychologically ill (in this case, gays) which is doing more harm than good have sex when they weren't supposed to, an uptight woman who runs the place discovers them, and they get in big trouble. Does anyone else think this is a ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' shout out?

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* In ''Film/ButImACheerleader'' two people in an institution for curing the supposedly psychologically ill (in this case, gays) which is doing more harm than good have sex when they weren't supposed to, an uptight woman who runs the place discovers them, and they get in big trouble. Does anyone else think this is a ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' shout out?
7th Aug '17 11:20:57 AM Fireblood
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* ''Film/RedLights'':
** Many of them, especially to ''Series/TheXFiles'' - Margaret shares the surname of Senator Matheson from the series, the TV-presenter's name is [[ScullySyndrome Dana]], and in Buckley's room there is a poster identical to that in Mulder's office but with 'I want to believe' replaced by 'I want to understand'.
** Also to many famous (or infamous) real life events/arguments in the paranormal debate: the debunking of Leonardo is done the same way as faith healer Peter Popoff was exposed by the skeptical magician James Randi, the arguments of Buckley/Matheson are common, along with the paranormal tests, Simon Silver resembles the real Uri Geller, the identical horoscopes is a technique used to expose confirmation bias, the initials SPRC (Scientific Paranormal Research Center) are close to that of the actual 130-year old SPR (Society for Psychical Research), Leonardo has the same last name as famous fraud medium Eusapia Palladino, Shackleton shares one with Basil Shackleton, a star of the Soal-Goldney experiments of the 1940s that were later found to rely on faked data, etc.
7th Aug '17 4:09:07 AM jormis29
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* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger's ''Film/The6thDay'' has a probable shoutout to ''Replicant'' (as well as referencing Freud): The holo-psychiatrist's first sanity-test question in the event that a person thinks they've been cloned is the first question in the Replicant test, but with two turtles.
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* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger's ''Film/The6thDay'' has a probable shoutout to ''Replicant'' (as well as referencing Freud): The holo-psychiatrist's first sanity-test question in the event that a person thinks they've been cloned is the first question in the Replicant test, but with two turtles.
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19th Jul '17 10:10:40 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Film/{{Help}}'':
** The version of "Help!" used in the movie's opening credits and on the American soundtrack starts with a snippet of the ''Film/JamesBond'' theme; in the film itself, a parody of said theme plays as Clang and his cult prepare to pursue the Beatles in their car. In another scene, Bhuta distracts a chef by imitating [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Oddjob's hat toss attack.]]
** One of the orchestral cues is [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong appropriately titled]], "Another Hard Day's Night".
** As John and Ringo walk down the sidewalk to mail a letter, John is heard reciting the first few lines to his ''In His Own Write'' poem, "I Sat Belonely". He also is shown reading his second book, ''A Spaniard in the Works'', at the beginning of the film.
6th Jul '17 3:46:38 AM Yora
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** Catching a plane by lowering men on ropes to attach a cable to its tail is taken straight from the opening of the Bond movie ''Film/LicenceToKill''.
3rd Jul '17 12:16:09 PM LavonPapillon1
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* ''ShoutOut/JesusBro''
27th Jun '17 6:11:59 PM merotoker
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* ''[[RogerRabbitEffect The Adventures of]] Film/RockyAndBullwinkle''

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* ''[[RogerRabbitEffect The Adventures of]] Film/RockyAndBullwinkle''''Film/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle''



* One of the sequels to ''Film/ChildsPlay'', ''Bride of Chucky''.

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* One of the sequels to ''Film/ChildsPlay'', ''Bride of Chucky''.''Film/BrideOfChucky''.



** Doubling as a ActorAllusion, there is a gag with Oh [[Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles playing around with the seat controls]] for the car.
** Oh mistakes a urinal cake for a mint. Ten years earlier in [[{{WesternAnimation/Madagascar}} Madagascar]], Melman did the exact same thing.

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** Doubling as a an ActorAllusion, there is a gag with Oh [[Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles playing around with the seat controls]] for the car.
** Oh mistakes a urinal cake for a mint. Ten years earlier in [[{{WesternAnimation/Madagascar}} Madagascar]], ''{{WesternAnimation/Madagascar}}'', Melman did the exact same thing.



** The mechanism of memory potion, complete with YourMindMakesItReal and the position Kaulder takes after eating it, is reminescent of ''Franchise/TheMatrix''.

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** The mechanism of memory potion, complete with YourMindMakesItReal and the position Kaulder takes after eating it, is reminescent reminiscent of ''Franchise/TheMatrix''.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'':
** "[[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes You maniac! You burned it up!]] [[GoshDangItToHeck Darn you! Darn you to heck!]]"
** Again to Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes in the second movie, [[spoiler:Skipper says he's so happy at the monkey he could kiss him. Monkey: All right, but you're just so darned ''ugly''." and casually smooches him, to Skipper's surprise.]]
** "[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 It's a cookbook!]]''
** Mort acting like a gremlin on the plane's wing, and initially identified as one.
** [[Film/DrivingMissDaisy "Move over, Miss Daisy!]]"
** Mention is made of a Canadian-French circus which got rid of all its animals to make a big show -- Creator/CirqueDuSoleil, in other words.
** Dubois 'awakens' her team with [[{{Film/Inception}} "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien"]].
** The plan to break into the casino has resemblance to ''Film/MissionImpossible'', complete with Alex using his nails to cut glass and using rope for MissionImpossibleCableDrop. Plus Dubois apparently channeling [[Franchise/GhostInTheShell Major Kusanagi]] when trying to hold back the plane.
** When the British dogs are fighting at one point, one can be heard to say [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl "I'll have your guts for garters!"]]
** In the first movie, Gloria asks the penguins where the people on the boat have gone; they tell her, [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs "We killed them and ate their livers."]]



* ''Film/ManOfSteel'':
** A scene in the trailers of a shirtless, bearded Clark dramatically screaming and posing evokes ''Film/ThreeHundred'', one of Zack Snyder's previous movies.
** In another nod to ''300'', the Smallville High football team is called the Smallville ''Spartans'' (instead of Crows like in the ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' show).
** And another nod to ''300'', with Jor-El uttering the phrase "This is madness!" during Zod's attempted military coup on Krypton. One of the tracks on the soundtrack album is also title "This is Madness".
** Superman's baseball team of choice is the Kansas City Royals
** All of the Kryptonians are named after various counterparts from the comics, some of whom are of little renown.
** When [[spoiler: the Jor-El program]] is explaining Krypton's history to Clark on [[spoiler: the crashed Kryptonian ship]], he shows a picture of Zod with troops marching behind him that's very reminiscent of a poster of Mao Zedong.
** The explanation of the history of Krypton (having a centralized government with a few leaders, the government creating and controlling the caste system, and the method of exile from the planet) is remarkably similar to ''Literature/BraveNewWorld''.
** The design of the World Engine that the Kryptonians use, and how it functions, is very much like the Creation Engine, used by the Kherubim, who are Kryptonian expies in the now defunct Wildstorm Universe, which is a DC property. Mr. Majestic, is one of the Superman expies in the Wildstorm Universe. In fact, the Creation Engine is used for the exact same reason: terraforming.
** Clark reading Plato, when the society of Krypton is based on Plato's "the Republic".



** J tells K not to push the BigRedButton in the gear shift of their CoolCar. This is a reference to ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', in which Q does the same thing to JamesBond. In Bond's car the button activates an ejector seat, while in the MIB's car it activates a jet engine in the rear.

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** J tells K not to push the BigRedButton in the gear shift of their CoolCar. This is a reference to ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', in which Q does the same thing to JamesBond.Film/JamesBond. In Bond's car the button activates an ejector seat, while in the MIB's car it activates a jet engine in the rear.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', the parts from Oogie Boogie's Song where he responds to being asked what he's going to do with "I'm going to do the best I can" and when there's a fade to black and scene change by zooming in on the inside of his mouth are lifted almost directly from the Betty Boop short ''The Old Man of the Mountain''.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', the parts from Oogie Boogie's Song where he responds to being asked what he's going to do with "I'm going to do the best I can" and when there's a fade to black and scene change by zooming in on the inside of his mouth are lifted almost directly from the Betty Boop WesternAnimation/BettyBoop short ''The Old Man of the Mountain''.''WesternAnimation/TheOldManOfTheMountain''.



* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** The [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first film]] contains numerous highly specific Shout Outs to [[Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean the theme park ride]] on which the film is loosely based.
** The ending of ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest Dead Man's Chest]]'' has Will rowing in a coffin to a skull-shaped hut in a swamp, in a scene that's an almost exact duplicate of a scene in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'', although the writers [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial insist they've never heard of it]].
** There are a number of references to ''Literature/TreasureIsland'', including:
*** Depp's role as the JerkWithAHeartOfGold mentor.
*** The setup where the new captain of the pirate ship keeps a pet [[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack named after the captain he mutinied against]]. Are we talking about Barbosa and his monkey named "Jack", or Long John Silver and his parrot "Cap'n Flint"?
*** In ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides On Stranger Tides]]'', the reason Blackbeard seeks the fountain is because he receives a warning about a one legged-man, in this case Barbossa.
** The PowerWalk [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQy15VtPb50 scene]] is a ShoutOut to Creator/SergioLeone westerns, complete with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong "honoring" Music/EnnioMorricone's music and a close up on ''The Good, The Badů and The Ugly'' (Davy Jones, who [[AsideGlance winks at the camera]]).
** Jack's run is apparently a variation on Tuco's GirlyRun (although Jack waved his arms instead of keeping them down and out at the sides.)
** The musical locket owned by the villain (Jones) with an identical one owned by a good guy with a history with the villain ([[spoiler:Tia Dalma, aka Calypso]])? Straight from ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'', though the relationship between the corresponding characters is quite different.
** The scene in the first movie, with the upper class lady getting rid of the alcohol after the lower-class wild man got drunk and started singing the previous night while they're stranded together? Yeah, [[Film/TheAfricanQueen happened in more than just this movie.]]
** In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End]]'', one of the Boats Of Deceased Souls contains two identical, stoic-faced little girls- rather reminiscent of the CreepyTwins in ''Film/TheShining''.
** Sparrow's ad-libbed "And then they made me their chief" was a running gag OrphanedPunchline from ''Series/TheFastShow'', of which Depp is a fan.
** In the fourth film, Blackbeard remarks on how he has to [[YouHaveFailedMe shoot one of his own crew]] every so often, so they don't forget who he is. This line was also used in the Creator/TimPowers ''Literature/OnStrangerTides'' novel, but is allegedly (according to the 18th-century book ''A General History of the Pyrates'' by "Captain Charles Johnson") a real-life quote from Blackbeard, after he shot Israel Hands (a RealLife crew member whose name Stevenson stole for ''Treasure Island'') in the leg for [[AxCrazy no apparent reason]].
** At the end of ''On Stranger Tides'', Jack quips to Mr. Gibbs 'It's a pirate's life for me, mate', like the song that plays in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
** In a scene in ''Stranger Tides'', Jack and Angelica threaten each other with [[Literature/PeterPan meat hooks.]]
** In ''On Stranger Tides'', [[spoiler:when [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Syrena]]'s glass coffin breaks, she is forced to walk on land. Her tail changes to legs, and every step causes her agonizing pain. These details are obviously borrowed from [[Literature/TheLittleMermaid Andersen's fairy tale]]]].
** The scene in ''On Stranger Tides'' where Jack blows up the lighthouse is very similar to Ezio's destruction of Borgia towers in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood''.
** The climax of ''Stranger Tides'' evokes recollection of a dilemma from [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade another adventure film.]]
** The Fountain of Youth looks suspiciously like the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Guardian of Forever]], surrounding scenery (and fog!) included.
** The scene of pirates walking along the seabed with an air-filled upside-down boat held over them is based on an incident in ''The Crimson Pirate'', a 1952 pirate flick with a similar tongue-in-cheek attitude.
** Beckett's world map painted on a wall recalls the opening of ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', an Creator/ErrolFlynn movie also featuring a monkey sidekick.
** ''Literature/PeterPan'' in ''The Curse of the Black Pearl'': In the very first scene, Governor Swann's costume looks exactly like Captain Hook. Also, in the final fight, Jack cuts off some of the feathers on Barbossa's hat, just like Peter does to Hook.
** ''Literature/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}'' in ''The Curse of the Black Pearl'': When Elizabeth refuses Barbossa's apple, believing it's poisoned.



** Mr. Krabs and Plankton become ComicBook/IronMan and ComicBook/TheHulk, respectively.

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** Mr. Krabs and Plankton become ComicBook/IronMan and ComicBook/TheHulk, ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, respectively.



* ''Film/XMen'':

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* ''Film/XMen'':''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':



** ''Film/X-Men: The Last Stand'': When Mystique is being interrogated, she is asked where Magneto is, as she turns into Magneto to taunt the interrogator, she replies "In here, with us", no doubt quoting Linda Blair from "The Exorcist".
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':
*** Many {{homage}}s to old SpyFiction, most obviously early ''Film/JamesBond'' movies. It may or may not be a coincidence that this prequel is set in 1962, the year ''Film/DrNo'' was released, the first entry of the 007 franchise.
*** A neon sign at a bar says "Marv's Beer," a reference to writer Marv Wolfman.
*** The Oxford pub, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_%28comic%29 The Eagle.]] Which doubles as a reference to the reference to the Eagle Awards (named after the magazine) which the X-Men won in the 1970s and 1980s.
*** The neon sign at the bar where they find Angel is "Atomic"--which is a reference to how mutants were called "Children of the Atom" in the comics. Also an example of ShownTheirWork, since Las Vegas in the '60s and '70s was famous for the nearby nuclear tests, and everything was named after the famous atom; drinks, shows, and nightclubs.
*** A memory-erasing kiss? Xavier must be taking lessons from [[Franchise/{{Superman}} another superhero]]...
*** When Hank first demonstrates his power, he ends up [[Film/SpiderMan1 hanging upside-down, right at Raven's eye level]]. Lampshaded, when Raven exclaims: "You're amazing!"
*** When the POV shifts to show what Xavier sees when he's looking through another person's eyes, the effects are staggeringly similar to the ones used in ''Film/DarkCity'' when Rufus [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] after getting administered with the scientist's ability-enhancing serum. Right down to perspective morphs and a silvery fringe around the frame.
*** Erik's magnetism-using gestures run the gamut from [[Film/TheMatrix Neo]] to [[StarWars Obi-Wan Kenobi.]]
*** "Beast, open the bomb bay doors!"
*** Shaw is ''made'' of this, what with his "children of the atom" comments, his HannibalLecture to the kids where he tells them they can [[BadassCreed protect a world that hates and fears them]] or live like "kings and queens" in classic Hellfire Club style, his whole Bond Villain schtick, and of course the [[ChekhovsGun helmet]].
*** According to the comic book writers who originally named it, the Hellfire Club was inspired by an episode of the 1960s TV series ''Series/TheAvengers''. Which, of course, shared its title with the other major Marvel superhero team of the 1960s, ComicBook/TheAvengers.
*** The war room is almost identical to the one from ''Film/DrStrangelove''.
*** Shaw wears a [[TheSixties swinging '60s]] era ascot during his meeting with Soviet generals. In the comics, Shaw (and the rest of the Hellfire Club) habitually wore 18th century period attire which included lace ascots or cravats.
*** The camera angle when we first see a close-up of Charles holding the gun is reminiscent of the final scene from ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' (which also stars Creator/JamesMcAvoy).
*** The way young [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesMagneto Erik Lehnsherr]] unleashes his UnstoppableRage and BigNo over his mother's death will remind you of Darth Vader's own UnstoppableRage and BigNo in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' over his wife's death. They are even provoked by their respective film's {{Big Bad}}s! Also, Darth Vader in his anger crushed an {{autodoc}} by telekinetically squeezing its metal body, while young Erik in his anger killed (or incapacitated?) two Nazi {{mook}}s by telemagnetically squeezing their metal helmets into their heads.
*** The second chapter of the "Children of the Atom" documentary on the Blu-Ray/DVD release is called "Band of Brothers." Both Creator/MichaelFassbender and Creator/JamesMcAvoy appeared on the ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' miniseries.

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** ''Film/X-Men: The Last Stand'': ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'': When Mystique is being interrogated, she is asked where Magneto is, as she turns into Magneto to taunt the interrogator, she replies "In here, with us", no doubt quoting Linda Blair from "The Exorcist".
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':
*** Many {{homage}}s to old SpyFiction, most obviously early ''Film/JamesBond'' movies. It may or may not be a coincidence that this prequel is set in 1962, the year ''Film/DrNo'' was released, the first entry of the 007 franchise.
*** A neon sign at a bar says "Marv's Beer," a reference to writer Marv Wolfman.
*** The Oxford pub, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_%28comic%29 The Eagle.]] Which doubles as a reference to the reference to the Eagle Awards (named after the magazine) which the X-Men won in the 1970s and 1980s.
*** The neon sign at the bar where they find Angel is "Atomic"--which is a reference to how mutants were called "Children of the Atom" in the comics. Also an example of ShownTheirWork, since Las Vegas in the '60s and '70s was famous for the nearby nuclear tests, and everything was named after the famous atom; drinks, shows, and nightclubs.
*** A memory-erasing kiss? Xavier must be taking lessons from [[Franchise/{{Superman}} another superhero]]...
*** When Hank first demonstrates his power, he ends up [[Film/SpiderMan1 hanging upside-down, right at Raven's eye level]]. Lampshaded, when Raven exclaims: "You're amazing!"
*** When the POV shifts to show what Xavier sees when he's looking through another person's eyes, the effects are staggeringly similar to the ones used in ''Film/DarkCity'' when Rufus [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] after getting administered with the scientist's ability-enhancing serum. Right down to perspective morphs and a silvery fringe around the frame.
*** Erik's magnetism-using gestures run the gamut from [[Film/TheMatrix Neo]] to [[StarWars Obi-Wan Kenobi.]]
*** "Beast, open the bomb bay doors!"
*** Shaw is ''made'' of this, what with his "children of the atom" comments, his HannibalLecture to the kids where he tells them they can [[BadassCreed protect a world that hates and fears them]] or live like "kings and queens" in classic Hellfire Club style, his whole Bond Villain schtick, and of course the [[ChekhovsGun helmet]].
*** According to the comic book writers who originally named it, the Hellfire Club was inspired by an episode of the 1960s TV series ''Series/TheAvengers''. Which, of course, shared its title with the other major Marvel superhero team of the 1960s, ComicBook/TheAvengers.
*** The war room is almost identical to the one from ''Film/DrStrangelove''.
*** Shaw wears a [[TheSixties swinging '60s]] era ascot during his meeting with Soviet generals. In the comics, Shaw (and the rest of the Hellfire Club) habitually wore 18th century period attire which included lace ascots or cravats.
*** The camera angle when we first see a close-up of Charles holding the gun is reminiscent of the final scene from ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' (which also stars Creator/JamesMcAvoy).
*** The way young [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesMagneto Erik Lehnsherr]] unleashes his UnstoppableRage and BigNo over his mother's death will remind you of Darth Vader's own UnstoppableRage and BigNo in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' over his wife's death. They are even provoked by their respective film's {{Big Bad}}s! Also, Darth Vader in his anger crushed an {{autodoc}} by telekinetically squeezing its metal body, while young Erik in his anger killed (or incapacitated?) two Nazi {{mook}}s by telemagnetically squeezing their metal helmets into their heads.
*** The second chapter of the "Children of the Atom" documentary on the Blu-Ray/DVD release is called "Band of Brothers." Both Creator/MichaelFassbender and Creator/JamesMcAvoy appeared on the ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' miniseries.
Exorcist".



** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'':
*** Creator/JamesMcAvoy has said in numerous interviews that Charles' suits were ripped off from the iconic outfits worn by Detective James "Sonny" Crockett from ''Series/MiamiVice'', a popular TV series which made its debut in 1984, one year after the events of this film. Don Johnson's wardrobe on the show ignited a fashion trend, so in the movie-verse, it appears that Xavier was ahead of his time style-wise. Creator/MichaelFassbender [[http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/michael-fassbender-and-the-coming-apocalypse/ mentions]] that Erik has a suit which was inspired by Detective Ricardo "Rico" Stubbs, Crockett's partner.
*** Nightcrawler owns a jacket which is a replica of Music/MichaelJackson's from the famous ''Music/{{Thriller}}'' music video, which is somewhat recursive because it resembles his costume from the comics.
*** When Quicksilver is talking to his mother, his T-shirt has a cartoon print of ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', and he plays VideoGame/PacMan. He also switches the TV's channels from the news to ''Series/KnightRider''. He later changes into a Music/{{Rush}} T-shirt, and during the denouement of the film, he's seen in an Creator/{{Atari}} one. While rescuing Xavier's students, Peter takes a moment to perform the MoonwalkDance.
*** The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?" plays on Ororo's TV set.
*** While in class, Jubilee wears a Music/{{Journey}} T-shirt.
*** While sending the students back to bed during Jean's nightmare, Charles chides them [[Film/MaryPoppins "Spit spot."]]
*** ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' is shown to be playing at the movie theater during the mall sequence.
*** A barrage of missiles being launched simultaneously brings to mind ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''.
*** Like Professor X, Leto Atreides II in ''Series/ChildrenOfDune'' (who is also portrayed by Creator/JamesMcAvoy) is captured, [[spoiler:placed on a slab against his will, is too weak to fight against his captor, and endures a mental assault which almost causes him to lose his identity]].
*** Singer confirmed that the scene when Angel gets his wings back from Apocalypse was inspired by the transformation scene in ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon''.
*** In the OpeningMonologue, the quote "Give someone wings, and they may fly too close to the sun" refers to the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek myth]] of Icarus and Daedalus.
*** Xavier is a benevolent, wise and beautiful leader with brilliant blue irises, mind-reading and telepathic communication abilities who temporarily gets DrunkOnTheDarkSide with BlackEyesOfEvil when exposed to evil power, just like the Elf matriarch Galadriel in ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]''.
*** [[http://cdn1-www.comingsoon.net/assets/uploads/gallery/bts-x-men-apocalypse/z_0.jpg The character poster for Apocalypse]] evokes the Yorick's skull scene from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''.
*** [[https://in.movies.yahoo.com/post/137684622919/x-men-apocalypse-on-set-of-the-darker-heavier Singer shot a scene]] which was directly influenced by a seminal moment from ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
--->We're watching a bald man loom out of the shadows in a stone room, somewhere in a violent foreign land. Emotion wracks his face, and a solitary tear trickles down his cheek. We brace ourselves to hear the iconic line "The horror, the horror" before remembering we're not actually on the set of ''Apocalypse Now'', but ''X-Men: Apocalypse''. We're not seeing Marlon Brando shoot a key scene as Colonel Kurtz, but James [=McAvoy=]'s Professor X. His head's shaved for accuracy, not madness.
*** A very sly one to ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'': in that film, in speculating about the photos of what turn out to be the inlets and outlets for the submarine's stealth propulsion system, Jack Ryan asks "Would you launch an ICBM horizontally?" In this movie, during the nuclear disarmament scene, we indeed see a Soviet Typhoon-class sub launching [=ICBM=]s horizontally.
*** "You're going to need a bigger house." Looks like ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' was on TV somewhere when Apocalypse assimilated the world's culture.
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