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  • One of the protagonists in American Graffiti has a car with the license plate THX-1138.
  • House of Games: The hotel room that Mike takes Margaret to is room #1138, which is a reference to George Lucas's THX 1138.
  • The Island contains blatant imitations of THX 1138.
  • A New Hope: In Alan Dean Foster's novelization, Stormtrooper TK-421 is identified as THX 1138. In the film itself, a disguised Luke claims he's transferring Chewie from Cell Block 1138.
  • Ocean's Eleven: In the elevator, Linus hits the floor buttons 1, 1, 3, and 8.
  • In Raiders of the Lost Ark, you can hear "Ein-tausend-ein-hundert-acht-und-dreiÃčig", 1138 in German.
  • Sleeper: Thanks to an homage to THX 1138 homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright the film has an Everything Is An I Pod In The Future design aesthetic.
  • Almost every Star Wars movie has some reference to THX-1138. On Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back, General Rieekan says, "Send Rogues 10 and 11 to sector 38." In The Phantom Menace, the droid killed by Jar Jar Binks at the end has serial number 1138 on his back. In Attack of the Clones, the LED lights on the back of the clone trooper helmets display a serial number. Although illegible, they all read "THX 1138". Finally, in Revenge of the Sith, Clone Commander Bacara's number is 1138.


  • Rifters Trilogy: The bootleg Thera Pal software Achilles confesses to as a teenager uses dialogue ("Could you be more specific?") from the confession booths in THX 1138.

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  • Andor: Narkina 5's oppressive white colors, prison jumpsuits, shock rods, guards, forced labor, and the way the electrified floors induce muscle spasms all reference George Lucas's feature film debut, THX 1138.
  • Chuck: Morgan helps fashion a prison escape by posing as a guard and reporting a "prisoner transfer from CB 11, Section 3-8."
  • Smallville: Milton Fine claims that LuthorCorp is working on a Project 1138.


  • The opening track of The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails, "Mr. Self Destruct", samples audio from THX-1138 of guards beating a prisoner at the very beginning of the song.

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  • Traveller: Paranoia Press supplement Merchants and Merchandise. The L He P 9(Or) Series 12/136 computer system had a Shout-Out to the film. Feature 1138 was a reference to the early George Lucas film THX 1138.

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