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The films of Quentin Tarantino are packed chock-full of references to the hundreds upon hundreds of 70/80s grindhouse/exploitation films, Hong Kong martial arts action films, Chinese Wuxia films, Japanese Chambara films, and assorted TV series he soaked up in his youth. Here is a list of them, useful perhaps for those interested in seeing that which inspired his work; that is, if they can get a hold of copies (some are pretty darned obscure).


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    Reservoir Dogs 

Reservoir Dogs:

  • A Better Tomorrow II (1987, John Woo) - The black-and-white suits worn by the team are taken directly from A Better Tomorrow II.
  • Angels with Dirty Faces (1938, Michael Curtiz) - Mr. White's line "You shoot me in a dream, you better wake up and apologize." is paraphrased from Rocky Sullivan.
  • Baretta - Mr. Orange says he's "Baretta" to the mirror before meeting with the dogs.
  • Breathless (1983, Jim McBride) - The Silver Surfer poster visible in Freddy's apartment is intended as an homage to Richard Gere's Silver Surfer-obsessed character in 'Breathless'.
  • City on Fire (1987, Ringo Lam) - This is very controversial since Tarantino has denied any knowledge of this film prior to making Reservoir Dogs. The plots are basically identical, the ending is the exact same.
  • Cruising (1980, William Friedkin) - The shot of Mr. Blonde pulling a blade from his cowboy boot taken from Cruising.
  • Dillinger (1945, Max Nosseck) - Joe says Mr. Blue is 'Dead as Dillinger'. Lawrence Tierney, who plays Joe, also starred in this film in the title role.
  • Django (1966, Sergio Corbucci) - The ear cutting scene.
  • Fingers (1978, James Toback) - Both films contain shots of Harvey Keitel's character shooting someone just offscreen.
  • Freebie and the Bean (1974, Richard Rush) - Mr. White's "taco" quote is taken from Freebie and the Bean.
  • Get Christie Love! - Is mentioned by several characters when Nice Guy Eddie is telling his 'Lady E' story.
  • Honey West - Mentioned when the team tries to remember who played Christie Love; one of them guesses Anne Francis, but Mr. White corrects them, "No, that was Honey West".
  • Miller's Crossing (1990, The Coen Brothers) - The beating scene in the warehouse.
  • My Best Friend's Birthday (1987, Quentin Tarantino) - The K-Billy radio station takes it name and origins from 'My Best Friend's Birthday', Tarantino's unfinished debut effort.
  • Mystery Train (1989, Jim Jarmusch) - The finger-snap lighter trick Mr. White does is taken from Mystery Train.
  • Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese) - The scene where Freddie talks to himself in a mirror in a similar fashion as Travis Bickle.
  • Fantastic Four - Mr. Orange compares Joe to The Thing, and has a Silver Surfer poster in his apartment.
  • The French Connection (1971, William Friedkin) - The dolly shot following Mr. Pink being chased by the cops in his flashback mirrors the shot of Popeye Doyle chasing a suspect in this film.
  • The Fury (1978, Brian De Palma) - The scene when Mr. White shoots the policemen through a car windshield.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Sergio Leone) - The scene where Mr. Blonde tortures a man to music; Nice Guy calls Mr. Blonde "Blondie", which is the nickname of Clint Eastwood's character in the film; the Mexican Standoff climax.
  • The Great Escape (1963, John Sturges) - Mr. Brown mentions the film during his 'Like a Virgin' speech.
  • The Lost Boys (1987, Joel Schumacher) - Mr. Orange mentions trying to watch the film during "The Commode Story".
  • The Partridge Family - Mentioned briefly during the K-Billy DJ's announcements at the beginning of the film.
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974, Joseph Sargent) - The Code Name system used by the bank robbers is taken from this movie.
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming) - Immediately before being shot, Mr. Blonde asks the tortured cop, "How 'bout some fire, scarecrow?," which the Wicked Witch of the West says to the Scarecrow in the film.
  • Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967, Martin Scorsese) - At one point Mr. Blonde says he bets Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) is a Lee Marvin fan; in Who's That Knocking at My Door, Harvey Keitel's character is a self-professed Lee Marvin fan.

    Pulp Fiction 

Pulp Fiction:

  • Air Force (1943, Howard Hawks) - Captain Koons mentions an air force gunner named Winocki in his story; the name and military position were taken from this film.
  • Alphaville (1965, Jean-Luc Godard) - The long shots of Jules and Vincent walking down the hall mirror shots from this movie where detective Lemmy Caution brings a seductress down similar hallways.
  • American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince (1978, Martin Scorsese) - Lance's explanation on how to administer the adrenaline shot is taken practically verbatim from an anecdote related in this documentary.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Woman (1958, Nathan Juran) - A poster is visible in Jack Rabbit Slim's.
  • Band of Outsiders (1964, Jean-Luc Godard) - The dance sequence at Jack-Rabbit Slim's was directly inspired by this.
  • Black Sabbath (1963, Mario Bava) - The three-story plot of Pulp Fiction was inspired by the three-story plot of Black Sabbath. Director Mario Bava is namechecked in the form of a type of heroin named Bava.
  • Bodyguard Kiba (1973, Ryuichi Takamori) - Ezekiel 25:17, anyone?
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn) - The diner scene where the waitress pours coffee for Ringo and Yolanda is shot almost identically to one of the scenes at the beginning of Bonnie and Clyde.
  • Charley Varrick (1973, Don Siegel) - The "pair of pliers and a blowtorch" line was taken from this.
  • Clutch Cargo (1959) - Butch is shown watching this TV show as a kid when Cpt. Koons arrives.
  • C.O.P.S. - Vincent mentions a similar incident in Cops as the one that happened to him and Jules after being shot but not hit.
  • Curdled (1991, Reb Braddock) - The basis for the character Esmeralda Villalobos is taken from the main character of this short film, also played by Angela Jones.
  • Daddy-O (1958, Lou Place) - A poster is visible in Jack Rabbit Slim's.
  • Deliverance (1972, John Boorman) - The rape sequence with the satisfactory salvage. In both movies, the largest guy gets raped while the other victim is tied up.
  • Dragstrip Girl (1957, Edward L. Cahn) - A poster is visible in Jack Rabbit Slim's.
  • Douglas Sirk - Vincent orders the "Douglas Sirk steak," named after the famed director of Technicolor melodramas from the 1950's.
  • Eddie Presley (1992, Jeff Burr) - Duane Whitaker's character asks "Is it Tuesday or Wednesday?" the same question as he asks in Eddie Presley.
  • The Ed Sullivan Show - A man impersonating Ed Sullivan is the maitre d' of Jack Rabbit Slim's.
  • God of Gamblers (1989, Wong Jing) - Something bad happens every time Vincent goes to the bathroom; this is taken from God of Gamblers, where something bad always happens when Knife goes to the bathroom.
  • Green Acres - During the discussion of what constitutes a filthy animal, Jules says that in order for a pig's personality to be enough to outweigh it's filthiness, it would have to be at least as charming as Arnold the pig from Green Acres.
  • Gunsmoke - The "Get the hell out of dodge" line said by The Wolf.
  • Happy Days - Jules tells Yolanda and Pumpkin they're all going to be cool like Fonzie. Jules also quotes Fonzie's famous line "Correct-amundo!".
  • Jules and Jim (1962, François Truffaut) - "Don't fucking Jimmie me, Jules! OK?"
  • Kill Bill - Some people believe the katana Butch uses in the pawn shop scene in Pulp Fiction is a reference to that Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman had been talking about on the set.
  • Kiss Me Deadly (1955, Robert Aldrich) - This movie features a nuclear bomb in a briefcase which glows when opened. The same imagery is used for the famous briefcase, although it is anyone's guess what's inside.
  • Krazy Kat - The shirt Jules wears after he gets rid of his bloodied clothes has Ignatz beaning Krazy with a brick.
  • Kung Fu - Jules says he'll "walk the earth" like Caine in Kung Fu.
  • Machine-Gun Kelly (1958, Roger Corman) - A poster is visible in Jack Rabbit Slim's.
  • Motorcycle Gang (1957, Edward L. Cahn) - A poster is visible in Jack Rabbit Slim's.
  • The Losers (1970, Jack Starrett) - Is the movie Fabienne is watching on television when Butch wakes up.
  • Natural Born Killers (1994, Oliver Stone) - In both Tarantino-penned films, a character recites "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe" to decide who of two people will be subjected to violence.
  • Night on Earth (1991, Jim Jarmusch) - Butch & Esmeralda's taxi cab conversation mirrors the five taxi cab stories in 'Night on Earth', down to shot composition and the nature of their passenger-driver relationship.
  • Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock) - The shot of Marcellus turning his head to see Butch in his car.
  • Rebel Without a Cause (1955, Nicholas Ray) - One of the waiters in Jack Rabbit Slim's is an impersonator of James Dean, dressed in his outfit from this film.
  • Rio Bravo (1959, Howard Hawks) - Butch insisting Zed pick up his gun is taken directly from a scene in Rio Bravo.
  • Roadracers (1959, Arthur Swerdloff) - A poster is visible in Jack Rabbit Slim's.
  • Rock All Night (1957, Roger Corman) - A poster is visible in Jack Rabbit Slim's.
  • Saturday Night Fever (1977, John Badham) - Although Tarantino admitted Band of Outsiders was the inspiration for the Jack Rabbit Slim's sequence, the presence of John Travolta creates an allusion to his early claim to fame.
  • School Daze (1988, Spike Lee) - The line "My name is Paul and this is between y'all."
  • Shaft (1971, Gordon Parks) - Jules' "Bad Motherf***r" wallet is a reference to Isaac Hayes' themesong.
  • Shoot the Piano Player (1960, François Truffaut) - Identical shot of a finger ringing a doorbell.
  • Speed Racer - Lance is seen wearing a Speed Racer t-shirt.
  • Sorority Girl (1957, Roger Corman) - A poster is visible in Jack Rabbit Slim's.
  • Speedway (1968, Norman Taurog) - The design for the car dining seats in Jack Rabbit Slim's is taken from this Elvis Presley film.
  • Super Fly T.N.T. (1973, Ron O Neal) - Upset at Vincent while cleaning the car, Jules says every time he touches brain, he's Super Fly T.N.T.
  • Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese) - The shot of Esmeralda's taxi license is taken from here.
  • The Color of Money (1986, Martin Scorsese) - Dialogue between the Wolf and Monster Joe's daughter about having character vs. being a character
  • The Dead Zone (1983, David Cronenberg) - Winston Wolf imitates Johnny Smith and his powers shortly before parting ways with Jules & Vincent.
  • The Deer Hunter (1978, Michael Cimino) - Christopher Walken's role as a Vietnam veteran alludes to his Oscar-winning role from this film.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Sergio Leone) - Both films feature a similar scene close to the beginning, where one of the main characters kills a supporting one after helping himself to his food.
  • The Guns of Navarone (1961, J Lee Thompson) - Jules mentions this film by title during his rant at Vincent.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, Jim Sharman) - Antwon Rockamora's nick name, "Tony Rocky Horror", is inspired by this film's title.
  • The Seven Year Itch (1955, Billy Wilder) - Marilyn Monroe's blown-up skirt in Jack Rabbit Slim's is inspired by this film's famous scene.
  • The Wild Bunch (1969, Sam Peckinpah) - The opening robbery and subsequent freeze-frame directly reference the opening scenes of this film.
  • The Young Racers (1963, Roger Corman) - A poster is visible in Jack Rabbit Slim's.
  • Zorro - One of the waiters in Jack Rabbit Slim's is dressed as Zorro.
  • Not a famous Shout-Out, but Tarantino was tasked with taking care of a friend's rabbit, named Honey Bunny. When the bunny died due to neglect, Amanda Plummer's character was named in honour.

    Jackie Brown 

Jackie Brown:

  • Tarantino cast Pam Grier in the lead role and put Sid Haig in a cameo in order to invoke the feeling of Blaxploitation movies.
  • Across110th Street (1972, Barry Shear) - Bobby Womack's main theme for this film is used in the opening credits.
  • Alligator (1980, Lewis Teague) - Max (Robert Forster) makes mention of a receding hairline problem, a reference to the running gag involving Madison (also Robert Forster) in Alligator.
  • Coffy (1973, Jack Hill) - Excerpts of Roy Ayers' score from Coffy are heard multiple times throughout the film.
  • Detroit 9000 (1973, Arthur Marks) - Is one of the films Melanie watches on tv at Ordell's place.
  • Foxy Brown (1974, Jack Hill) - Pam Grier's character's name is based on her character's name in this film. Jackie Brown can be seen as a Spiritual Successor to Foxy Brown.
  • Hard Eight (1996, Paul Thomas Anderson) - The scene in which Jackie practices her aim with a gun while waiting for Ordell is taken from Hard Eight.
  • Mandingo (1975, Richard Fleischer) - Ordell mentions Mandingo during his first conversation with Max, in reference to Winston's size.
  • New York Undercover - Ordell mentions 'New York Undercover' when he's telling Louis all about the guns he sells.
  • Sharky's Machine (1981, Burt Reynolds) - "Street Life" from Sharky's Machine can be heard when Jackie is driving to the final money pickup.
  • Superchick (1973, Ed Forsyth) - The opening credit sequenc mirrors the one in Superchick; Jackie is even shown walking down the exact same colorful hallway.
  • Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese) - The scene where Louis (Robert De Niro) is shown myriad weapons by a gun dealer references the scene in Taxi Driver where Travis Bickle (also Robert De Niro) does the same.
  • The American President (1995, Rob Reiner) - Is the film Max sees at the Del Amo mall before running into Jackie; poster visible outside the Del Amo mall theater.
  • The Big Doll House (1971, Jack Hill) - The song "Long Time Woman" performed by Pam Grier for this film, is heard during a similar scene in Jackie Brown; women being led and locked into a prison cell.
  • The Graduate (1967, Mike Nichols) - The opening shot of Jackie moving along an airport conveyor belt is a direct lift from the opening shot from this film.
  • The Killer (1989, John Woo) - At one point, a character laments that people have watched John Woo's The Killer too often, resulting in many would-be criminals buying .45 pistols when a different gun would be better suited.
  • The Mad Dog Killer (1977, Sergio Grieco) - Melanie is watching this on tv at one point; Ordell mistakes its star Helmut Berger for Rutger Hauer.
  • Vampyros Lesbos (1971, Jesus Franco) - Score song "The Lion and the Cucumber" is taken from this Lesbian Vampire film.
  • Wolf (1994, Mike Nichols) - A Wolf poster is visible outside the Del Amo mall theater.

    Kill Bill 

Kill Bill:

  • The overall plot is a fairly obvious reference to films such as Coffy, Foxy Brown, I Spit on Your Grave, Lady Snowblood, Ms. 45 and Thriller: A Cruel Picture. The latter of which, likely inspired Elle Driver's Eye Patch Of Power.
  • A Fistful of Dollars (1964, Sergio Leone) - Score from the film is heard after Budd has shot The Bride. "Fistful" was also one of three films shown to Uma Thurman to prepare her for her role as The Bride.
  • A Professional Gun (1968, Sergio Corbucci) - "L'Arena" plays as The Bride punches her way out of the coffin; also, the Pole's list of things for Paco and his gang of would-be revolutionaries to get appears here as The Bride's kill list.
  • Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen) - In the flashback where we see the [adult] Bride sitting in a classroom, like it's her childhood memory. Woody Allen does the same thing in the first scene of Annie Hall.
  • Another Battle (2000, Junji Sakamoto) - The now-infamous theme from this film is heard as O-Ren and her subordinates walk through the House of Blue Leaves.
  • Black Mama, White Mama (1973, Eddie Romero) - The Bride being choked by Gogo's chain is mirrored in 'Black Mama' by the scene where Lee and Karen strangle the warden with their shared chain; Score heard during the Crazy 88 bloodbath is taken from this film.
  • Champion of Death (1977, Kazuhiko Yamaguchi) - The theme music of Champion of Death is used in the "House of Blue Leaves" finale.
  • Chato's Land (1972, Michael Winner) - The scene in which Budd is bitten by a snake is mirrored by a scene in Chato's Land, another revenge film.
  • Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles) - A shot of The Bride lying in a coma, silhouetted against her hospital window replicates a shot from early in Citizen Kane.
  • City of the Living Dead (1980, Lucio Fulci) - The scene where blood runs out of Gogo Yubari's eyes.
  • Coffy (1973, Jack Hill) - The scene in which Vernita and The Bride stand deadlocked in a blade fight mirrors the scene between Harriet & Coffy. Vernita also uses Harriet's line from this scene; "Come on, bitch!"; 'Coffy' was also one of three films shown to Uma Thurman to prepare her for her role as The Bride.
  • Day of Anger (1967, Tonino Valerii) - The film's theme is heard when the film switches to black and white.
  • Dead & Buried (1981, Gary Sherman) - The shot of Elle Driver leaning in close to The Bride's comatose body in the hospital, disguised as a nurse replicates a shot from this film.
  • Death Rides a Horse (1967, Giulio Petroni) - The theme of this movie is played when the Bride calls out O-Ren Ishii. When the Bride sees one of her killers and the camera zooms in on her eyes and the picture is tinted red also happens in Death Rides A Horse with it's protagonist.
  • Eaten Alive (1977, Tobe Hooper) - The hospital attendant 'Buck' delivers the line: "My name's Buck, and I'm here to fuck." This quote was originally spoken by Robert Englund in Eaten Alive.
  • Fist of Fury (1972, Lo Wei) - In the fight with the Crazy 88 the Bride spins around on the floor slashing legs as Bruce Lee did in Fist of Fury with nunchucks.
  • Five Deadly Venoms (1978, Cheh Chang) - 'The Five Deadly Venoms' inspired 'The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad'; sound effects used in 'Vol. 1' (Sword Swings, Axe Throws) are taken from this film.
  • Full Tilt Boogie (1997, Sarah Kelly) - The origin of Elle Driver's name, because FTB (the making-of From Dusk Till Dawn) was an "L. Driver Production.
  • Game of Death (1978, Robert Clouse) - The Bride's famous yellow track-suit is a direct homage to the one worn by Bruce Lee in Game of Death.
  • Godzilla (1954, Ishiro Honda) - During the meeting of the Yakuza, Boss Tanaka is sitting next to Boss Honda. Toho Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka produced all of the first 22 Godzilla movies, and aforementioned Ishirō Honda directed 7, including the first, Godzilla, or Gojira.
  • Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968, Hajime Sato) - The orange/red sky in the model shots of the jet airliner that the Bride arrives in Japan on is a pretty clear visual reference to this film.
  • Grease (1978, Randal Kleiser) - The Pussy Wagon takes it's name from the 'Greased Lightning' lyric, "She's a real Pussy Wagon".
  • The Green Hornet - The Bride compares the Crazy 88's domino masks to Kato's.
    • The montage during which the Bride is on the plane and O-Ren is in her car is set to the TV show's theme song—a jazzy arrangement of Flight of the Bumblebee arranged by Billy May, conducted by Lionel Newman and featuring a trumpet solo by Al Hirt.
  • Kite (1998, Yasuomi Umetsu) - Animated O-Ren Ishii's murdered parents and school girl assassin shooting sequence also occur in Kite.
  • Lady Snowblood (1973, Toshiya Fujita) - Many references beyond the plot: the character of O-Ren Ishii; the duel in the snow covered garden; the division into chapters; the camera angle looking up at the heroine's attackers looking down at her; the animated sequence; the song "Flower of Carnage", sung by Meiko Kaji who is the star of Lady Snowblood, is heard in 'Vol. 1'; In the animated sequence, when O-Ren is getting her revenge; the line "Look at me closely. Do I look like murdered?" is taken directly from Lady Snowblood, except Snowblood says "raped" instead of "murdered."
  • Long Days of Vengeance (1967, Florestano Vancini) - The music heard in the anime sequence when O-Ren's father is stabbed and the camera pans up to show the sword and the killer is music from this film.
  • Marnie (1964, Alfred Hitchcock) - The shots of Elle Driver walking down the hospital corridor with a big purse are right out of the beginning of Marnie with Tippi Hedren.
  • Master of the Flying Guillotine (1975, Jimmy Wang Yu) - Uses villain's theme, Super 16 by Neu!, from this film and Go Go uses a variation on the Flying Guillotine device.
  • Miller's Crossing (1990, The Coen Brothers) - Scene where a character under a bed shoots a person in the foot, they fall, and they are shot in the head.
  • Modesty Blaise (1966, Joseph Losey) - The look of Modesty Blaise influenced the look of the DIVAS.
  • Mr. Majestyk (1974, Richard Fleischer) - Budd has a poster from this movie hanging in his trailer. It's visible in several scenes.
  • Natural Born Killers (1994, Oliver Stone) - Bill calls Beatrix "a natural born killer" during their conversation at the end of Volume 2, referencing the script that Tarantino wrote (and the movie adaptation of which he later disowned).
  • Navajo Joe (1966, Sergio Corbucci) - The main theme from "Navajo Joe" is heard during the final showdown between Bill and Beatrix.
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1969, Sergio Leone) - The flashbacks where the antagonist Frank is walking through the desert towards the camera are recreated when the Bride walks to Budd's trailer after getting out of a tough spot.
  • Patrick (1978, Richard Franklin) - The scene where the comatose Bride spits.
  • Pulp Fiction - Tarantino has said that the plot began as an extrapolation of the Fox Force Five pilot that Mia Wallace describes in this film.
    • When the Bride is talking to Vernita, she says, "that would be about square" and draws a square with her finger, similar to how in Pulp Fiction when Mia Wallace (also portrayed by Uma Thurman) says, "Don't be a..." and draws a square with her finger.
    • At the beginning of Chapter 5, there is a shot of the Bride walking through the airport and past an advertisement for Red Apple Cigarettes, the same brand Mia used in Pulp Fiction. The same brand is featured in other movies, including From Dusk Till Dawn.
  • Quick Draw McGraw - The sound effect of guitar hitting a body during the fight between Elle & The Bride is the same as the one heard when El Kabong does the same.
  • Reservoir Dogs - Earl McGraw refers to the "Massacre at Two Pines" as a "kill-crazy rampage", the same term Mr. White uses to describe Mr. Blonde's shooting during the jewelry heist.
  • Road to Salina (1970, Georges Lautner) - Score song "The Chase" is taken from this film, and used during a similar scene; someone speeding through the desert; "Sunny Road to Salina" is heard when The Bride has made her way to Budd's trailer after being buried alive; Esteban tells The Bride that Bill's villa is on "the road to Salina".
  • Rolling Thunder (1977, John Flynn) - The Acuna Boys take their name from the gang of villains in Rolling Thunder.
  • Samurai Fiction (1998, Hiroyuki Nakano) - The sequence where the Bride fights behind the blue-screen and we can see her silhouette, is a reference to the opening of 'Samurai Fiction'.
  • Samurai Reincarnation (1981, Kinji Fukasaku) - The line: "If you encounter God, God will be cut."
  • Seven Notes in Black (1977, Lucio Fulci) - The theme of this movie is played as Buck is walking back to the Bride's hospital room after the Bride has killed the trucker that tried to rape her.
  • Sex and Fury (1973, Norifumi Suzuki) - The story of O-Ren and her revenge for her father's death is very similar to this movie's plot. One of her father's killers suffers Death by Sex, just like Boss Matsumoto. Also, the final showdown of both movies are also similar.
  • Shogun Assassin (1980, Robert Houston) - Is the movie B.B. and The Bride watch before she confronts Bill.
  • Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978, Yuen Woo-Ping) - The scene where The Bride slices her enemy's weapon to pieces is taken directly from Snake in the Eagle's Shadow.
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982, Nicholas Meyer) - The "Old Klingon Proverb" quoted at the beginning of Vol. 1 is a quote from this film.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series - The Bride describes Sofie Fatale as being dressed like a villain from Star Trek.
  • Summertime Killer (1972, Antonio Isasi Isasmendi) - Score song "Summertime Killer" is taken from this film, heard when The Bride first enters Bill's hacienda.
  • Super Cop (1992, Stanley Tong) - The Bride says "I would jump on a speeding train with a motorcycle for you", which is clearly a reference to Michelle Yeoh's stunt in Police Story III where she does just this.
  • The Blood Spattered Bride (1972, Vincente Aranda) - One of the film's "chapters" is named after this Spanish Lesbian Vampire epic.
  • The Driver (1978, Walter Hill) - Beatrix is described as "the cowgirl who could not be caught" just as Ryan O'Neal was "the cowboy who could not be caught".
  • The Golden Stallion (1949, William Witney) - Is the film on T.V. when The Bride first confronts Bill.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Sergio Leone - The opening shot is a reference to a similar scene in 'Ugly' in which Tuco points a gun at Blondie, who is near-death from dehydration and being out in the sun for hours.
  • The Grand Duel (1972, Giancarlo Santi) The theme of this film is heard in 'Vol. 1'; 'M10' when The Bride lay in the Pussy Wagon trying to wiggle her big toe, and 'Parte Prima' during the animated sequence.
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) (Tay Garnett) - Esteban mentions this as the movie that made Bill "a fool for blondes"
  • The Psychic (1977, Lucio Fulci) - The score heard as The Bride is about to attack Buck is taken from this film.
  • The Searchers (1956, John Ford) - The Bride is shown framed in the door of the chapel mirroring the final shot of The Searchers. Also, after the battle with Elle, the door slams shut after The Bride leaves, again, just like the final shot of The Searchers.
  • The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz (1968, George Marshall) - The origin of Chapter 8's title.
  • Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1974, Bo Arne Vibenius) - Elle Driver and Madeleine share numerous physical traits (eye patch, long coat, pant suit).
  • Tough Guys (1974, Duccio Tessari) - Score from this film can be heard in Vols. 1 & 2.
  • Truck Turner (1974, Jonathan Kaplan) - Score from this film can be heard when The Bride searches the parking deck for Buck's Pussy Wagon.
  • True Romance (1993, Tony Scott) - The Bride wear's Clarence's gold Elvis glasses.
  • Twisted Nerve (1968, Roy Boulting) - The theme of Twisted Nerve is whistled during the hospital scene by Elle as a direct reference.
  • White Lightning (1973, Joseph Sargent) - The theme from "White Lightning" is heard when The Bride is fighting the Crazy 88.
  • The Yakuza (1974, Sydney Pollack) - In the anime sequence one thug has a spider tattoo on a head.
  • Yojimbo (1961, Akira Kurosawa) - Arterial spurts, plus the last of the Crazy 88 is spared and told to go home to mother just as in Yojimbo.
  • The kaliedoscope-like visuals and horns playing with the caption "our feature presentation" at the beginning of the movie was shown in movie theaters throughout the early seventies.
  • An entire Youtube channel showcasing clips from movies that Kill Bill references.

    Sin City 

Sin City

  • Tarantino only directed one scene, the sequence in which Dwight drives to the tar pits and has a hallucination. While the entire movie is mostly a word-for-word and shot-for-shot adaptation of the comic, the coloring effects were mostly added for the film. Tarantino took those effects and ran with them in his scene which referenced a sequence from Suspiria (1977).

    Death Proof 

Death Proof

  • A Quiet Place to Kill (1970, Umberto Lenzi) - A poster is seen in Jungle Julia's apartment.
  • A Special Cop in Action (1976, Marino Girolami) - Uses theme music for the final chase scene.
  • Big Trouble in Little China (1986, John Carpenter) - Jack Burton's tanktop is visible in the tavern.
  • Big Wednesday (1978, John Milius) - Mentioned in the film by Zoë Bell.
  • Blow Out (1981, Brian De Palma) - During the scene where Julia texts Christian, score song "Sally and Jack" can be heard.
  • Bullitt (1968, Peter Yates) - The license plate number on one of Stuntman Mike's cars, JJZ-109, is taken directly from the license plate number seen in Bullitt.
  • Convoy (1978, Sam Peckinpah) - The "Rubber Duck" as hood ornament of Stuntman Mike's muscle-car.
  • Death Race 2000 (1975, Paul Bartel) - Earl McGraw calls Stuntman Mike "Frankenstein", a reference to David Carradine's character in this film.
  • Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974, John Hough) - The film's title is mentioned by Stuntman Mike; one of the license plates on Mike's cars, 938-DAN, is taken directly from the license plate number seen in the film.
  • Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!! (1965, Russ Meyer) - A character wears a T-shirt featuring an image from the film.
  • Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) (1974, HB Halicki) - The film is mentioned once by Kim, who also drives a Ford Mustang Mach I, the same car model used in this film.
  • High Crime (1973, Enzo G Castellari) - Score from this film is heard in Death Proof.
  • Hooper (1978, Hal Needham) - Earl calls Stuntman Mike "Hooper" when explaining Mike's perverted motivations to his son.
  • Smokey and the Bandit (1977, Hal Needham)—Dov (Eli Roth) sings the theme song.
  • Stroker Ace (1983, Hal Needham) - Mike is insultingly called Stroker Ace when Dov and Omar are making fun of him.
  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970, Dario Argento) - The scene where Stuntman Mike is taking pictures of the second group of women, uses the same score as a similar scene in this film.
  • The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971, Dario Argento) - Excerpts from the score are used as Arlene's theme whenever she sees Mike's car.
  • The Getaway (1972, Sam Peckinpah) - When Kim and Zoe get out of the car to discuss how they'll be playing Ship's Mast, they squat down to talk. This is a copy of the scene near the end of The Getaway where the two men have a talk by side of road. Kim also crashes into a boat during the final chase, another reference to The Getaway.
  • The Great Kidnapping (1973, Roberto Infascelli) - Score song "Gangster Story" is heard during the first part of the final chase (the girls speeding behind Stuntman Mike as he flees).
  • The Man from Hong Kong (1975, Brian Trenchard Smith) - Several car chase scenes are very similar right down to the car, camera angles and editing.
  • The Night Heaven Fell (1958, Roger Vadim) - Julia lies on the couch in the opening scenes in the same pose as the Brigitte Bardot blow-up above her couch, a picture taken from the film.
  • Thunder Alley (1967, Richard Rush) - Score from this film is heard when Stuntman Mike goes after Abernathy, Zoë and Kim..
  • Twisted Nerve (1967, Roy & John Boulting) - The theme from this film is heard as a ringtone in Death Proof.
  • Used Cars (1980, Robert Zemeckis) - Stuntman Mike's (Kurt Russell) car is black with a skull and crossbones just like the Chevy pickup Kurt Russell rides in at the end of Used Cars.
  • Vanishing Point - (1971, Richard C Sarafian) - The second group of girls con Jasper out of his white 1970 Dodge Challenger, expressly because it is the same model used to famous effect in Vanishing Point; the film is discussed and mentioned several times; Stuntman Mike is seen wearing the same wristwatch as Kowalski.
  • Village of the Giants (1965, Bert I. Gordon) - The dancing theme from Village of the Giants is used multiple times throughout the film.
  • White Line Fever (1975, Jonathan Kaplan) - Stuntman Mike mentions this movie while talking about the days before CGI.

    Inglourious Basterds 

Inglourious Basterds:

  • In the screenplay, the first part of the film set in Paris was intended to have been filmed in black and white, using entirely natural lighting, in reference to the French New Wave. This was probably cut by Executive Meddling, on the grounds that most of the audience wouldn't get the reference, and came here to see an action movie, get back to the killin' already!
  • A Professional Gun - (1968, Sergio Corbucci) - Score song "Il Mercenario (Ripresa)" is heard as Sgt. Rachtman approaches and salutes Lt. Aldo.
  • Allonsanfan (1974, Paolo & Vittorio Taviani) - Score from Allonsanfàn can be heard over the closing credits.
  • Avalanche (1930, Arnold Fanck) - The poster of the movie is seen on the marquee of Shoshanna's theater, just before she climbs to change the title.
  • Blood in the Streets (1973, Sergio Sollima) - Score is heard as Shosanna ruefully watches Stolz der Nation.
  • Cat People (1982, Paul Schrader) - David Bowie's theme is heard during Shosanna's preparation montage.
  • Come and See (1985, Elem Klimov) - The shot of Donowitz emptying his gun into Hitler's corpse.
  • Dark of the Sun (1968, Jack Cardiff) - Three music cues can be heard.
  • Devil's Angels (1967, Daniel Haller) - "The Devil's Rumble" from 'Devil's Angels' is heard as Donnie and Omar take their seats among the Nazi officers.
  • Domino (1943, Roger Richebe) - Poster visible in Shoshanna's cinema.
  • Eastern Condors (1987, Sammo Hung) - Music can be heard from 'Eastern Condors' when Sgt. Donowitz and PFC Omar kill Hitler's guards.
  • Hi Diddle Diddle (1943, Andrew L Stone) - A French version of "The Man with the Big Sombrero" plays during the La Louisiane sequence.
  • Hitler, Dead or Alive (1942, Nick Grinde) - Tarantino cites this propaganda movie as one of his influences.
  • Inside Man (2006, Spike Lee) - The "don't I seem calm to you" exchange between Stiglitz and Hicox is taken from this film.
  • Kelly's Heroes (1970, Brian G Hutton) - Score from the film is heard when Zoller leaves the opera box to see Shosanna/Shosanna switches reels.
  • King Kong (1933, Merian C Cooper & Ernest B Schoedsack) - This movie is briefly mentioned during a game.
  • Les vampires (1915, Louis Feuillade) - Posters of the Les Vampires serial are hanging in the office where Landa confronts Bridget.
  • Lucky Kids (1936, Paul Martin) - "Ich wollt' ich wär ein Huhn" is heard in the film.
  • One Silver Dollar (1965, Giorgio Ferroni) - The theme is heard in the cafe where Shosanna talks to Zoller.
  • Queen Christina (1933, Rouben Mamoulian) - Title is mentioned in La Louisiane.
  • Sergeant York (1941, Howard Hawks) - Fredrick Zoller says he is called the German "Sergeant York" (and his war exploits are also turned into a film portraying him as a hero).
  • Slaughter (1972, Jack Starrett) - The theme is used as Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz's theme.
  • The Battle of Algiers (1966, Gillo Pontecorvo) - "Algiers, November 1954" is heard when the Basterds first find Stiglitz.
  • The Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein) - In Nation's Pride, a quick shot shows a soldier being shot in the eye and screaming, referencing the old woman also shot in the eye during the famous montage massacre in 'Potemkin'.
  • The Bells of Death (1968, Griffin Yueh Feng) - At the beginning of this particular film, three antagonists raid a village, killing the protagonist’s family. However, the bandits raid a cottage, from which the protagonist’s mother attempts to retreat across the field. The main antagonist takes aim at her with a bow and arrow, which plays out strikingly similar to the opening scene when Col. Hans Landa aims his pistol at Shoshanna; apart from the fact that this guy actually shoots the woman. Also, immediately after the antagonist shoots her, he and his cronies hear the other family members hiding beneath the floorboards and take the similarity a step further by executing one of them through the floor; just as Col. Hans Landa did to Shoshanna's family.
  • The Big Gundown (1966, Sergio Sollima) - Duel music is heard at Sgt. Donowitz's introduction.
  • The Deserter (1971, Niksa Fulgosi & Burt Kennedy) - Aldo Raine assembles a team of men and trains them to kill Nazis in the style of an Apache resistance, in the same fashion as Capt. Victor Caleb.
  • The Eternal Jew (1940, Fritz Hippler) - When Hans Landa mentions Goebbels' propaganda that "compares the Jew to the common rat" it is a reference to this film.
  • The Entity (1982) - Score is heard when Shosanna sees Col. Landa again for the first time since he killed her family.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Sergio Leone): Landa's visiting of the French farmer hiding the Jewish refugees mirrors Angel Eyes visiting Stevens and his family inquiring Jackson.
  • The Great Escape (1963, John Sturges) - General Ed Fenech says "We have all our rotten eggs in one basket"...similar to a line spoken by Kommandant von Luge: "We have in effect put all our rotten eggs in one basket."
  • The Great Love (1942, Rolf Hansen) - "Davon geht die Welt nicht unter" is heard while the first card game is going on.
  • The Inglorious Bastards (1978, Enzo G Castellari) - Title of 2009 movie is a take off on the English title of this movie.
  • The Italian Straw Hat (1944, Maurice Cammage) - Marcel passes in front of a large wall poster for Fernandel's comedy.
  • The Kid (1921, Charlie Chaplin) - The Kid and its famous chase climax is mentioned by Zoller.
  • The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1942, Henri Georges Clouzot) - A poster is visible in Shosanna's cinema.
  • The Return of Ringo (1965, Duccio Tessari) - "L'incontro Con La Figlia" is heard during the assassination of Shosanna's family and her subsequent escape.
  • The Searchers (1956, John Ford) - The shot of Shossana running from Landa at the beginning is framed through a doorway in an homage to a scene in the earlier film.
  • The Usual Suspects (1995, Bryan Singer) - The slow motion shot of Marcel flicking his cigarette and lighting a fire.
  • The White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929, Georg Wilhelm Pabst) - Along with other works of the Austrian director Pabst. Several scenes (notably, outside Shoshana's theater, where a revival is playing, and at the tavern with Von Hammersmark) involve discussion of Pabst in general and Pitz Palu, a mountain climbing film starring Leni Riefenstahl, in particular.
  • White Lightning (1973, Joseph Sargent) - Two music cues are heard in the film.
  • Zulu Dawn (1979, Douglas Hickox) - Score is heard when Marcel bars the doors and takes his place behind the screen.

    Django Unchained 

Django Unchained

  • There are numerous shout-outs to the films of Sergio Corbucci, from Django's name, to Franco Nero's cameo, to the Bagheads' costumes to Candie's death by a shot through the flower he wears over his heart. It's almost a love letter.
  • Django's new cowboy duds, in the script, Tarantino describes as being "a bit like Elvis in "Flaming Star", and a Little Joe Cartwright on "Bonanza"."
  • "Broomhilda" is not of the many spellings extant for the Brünnhilde of mythic lore, but "Broomhilda" was the protagonist of a popular newspaper comic strip. Tarantino is obviously using this spelling to pun on the "Brünnhilde" Legend.
  • Billy "Crash" Craddock (born June 16, 1939) is an American country and rockabilly singer. His name is borrowed for the villainous "Billy Crash".
  • In a scene towards the end, Django stands in a doorway with the sun behind him, casting a sharp shadow on the wall behind. The silhouette looks just like The Man With No Name.
  • Candie's plantation is called Candyland.
  • Candie's lawyer is named Leonide Moguy. The real Leonide Moguy was the director of Action in Arabia, a WWII film Tarantino admires.
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971, Stanley Kubrick) - Schultz imagines pictures of violence and asks Lara to stop playing Beethoven, violently reacting to the playing as said violence haunts him.
  • Battle Royale (2000, Kinji Fukasaku) - Tarantino's use of Verdi's Dies Irae during the Klan's half-witted attack is a shoutout to Battle Royale, a film which Tarantino has admitted is one of his favorite movies.
  • Blazing Saddles (1974, Mel Brooks) - The hillbillies' negative reactions to Django on a horse, and Django's suiting up and new saddle.
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969, George Roy Hill) - Schultz and Django's relationship seems to be somewhat inspired by Butch and Sundance's.
  • Day of Anger (1967, Tonino Valerii) - The title theme from Day of Anger is heard during the Time-Compression Montage.
  • Greed (1924, Erich von Stroheim) - Dr. Schultz rides in a dentist's wagon similar to McTeague's, complete with corny swinging prop molar.
  • Hellbenders (1967, Sergio Corbucci) - Three music cues are heard in the film.
  • His Name Was King (1971, Giancarlo Romitelli) - The title song from this film is used as Dr. Schultz's theme music.
    • Also, the music playing when Django confronts the Brittle Brothers was used in the same film.
  • Hornet's Nest (1970, Phil Karlson & Franco Cirino) - "The Big Risk" from "Hornets' Nest" is heard as Django and Dr. Schultz ride into Greenville.
  • Inglourious Basterds - ''When Candie is signing the checks, his sister Lara plays "Für Elise," which was used as a Leitmotif for the Basterds in the film. Basterds and Django are considered to be the first two installments in a planned trilogy.
  • Kill Bill - Stephen uses the phrase, "That will be the story of you," when detailing Django's ignomious end as a mining slave. This exchange is lifted from Kill Bill, in the scene where Bill warns the Bride against showing cheek to Pai Mei; A morally-ambiguous protagonist kills a Retired Monster in front of their child in a Quentin Tarantino movie, though, here, the protagonist is extremely reluctant.
    • Stephen is last seen severely injured but alive and screaming abuse at Django, same as Elle after her fight with The Bride. They're both also left in very precarious situations and we don't see their bodies after the fight. While it's possible that Elle could have left the trailer without getting bitten by her own black mamba, it's highly unlikely 79-year-old Stephen could survive a load of dynamite exploding over his head. Both of them are Evil Counterparts of the protagonists: The Bride and Django (both on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge over a loved one and tutored by white-haired masters) fight more or less fairly while Stephen and Elle (both very cozy with the enemy and use others to do their fighting) are incredibly Manipulative Bastards.
  • The Killer (1989, John Woo) - Django shoots Moguy and then leaps against his body backwards as he propels himself into the foyer, shooting two cowboys while falling on Moguy's corpse. This exact stunt/move is lifted directly from The Killer, where Chow Yun-fat uses it to enter a room (and kill two Mooks) during the opening gunfight.
  • Lady Snowblood (1973, Toshiya Fujita) - The blood-spatter on cotton (after Schultz shoots the third Brittle brother) is a visual shoutout to a famous blood-spatter shot in Lady Snowblood (which was a big influence on Kill Bill, especially the character of O-Ren Ishii).
  • Mandingo (1975, Richard Fleischer) - The subplot about "Mandingo fighting" is inspired by this film, which Tarantino has cited as an influence.
  • Minnesota Clay (1964, Sergio Corbucci) - A saloon called "Minnesota Clay" is seen in the film.
  • Monster (2003, Patty Jenkins) - The scene when Django shoots the second Brittle brother and angrily continues to fire with the empty revolver mirrors Aileen's first murder in Monster.
  • My Name Is Trinity (1970, Enzo Barboni) - The title theme from this film is heard after the destruction of Candyland.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - Schultz' last words: "I'm sorry, I couldn't resist" are almost identical to Jack Sparrow's line in a similar situation, but with a darker take on it.
  • Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa) - The shot of the hooded raiders cresting the hill on horseback mirrors the famous shot from Seven Samurai.
  • Shaft (1971, Gordon Parks) - Hildy's family name is given as von Shaft, and in a bit of Canon Welding, Tarantino has stated that Django and Brunhilde are the ancestors of John Shaft.
  • Son of a Gunfighter (1965, Paul Landres) - Amber Tamblyn plays the character "Daughter of a Son of a Gunfighter"; her real-life father, Russ Tamblyn, played the title role in the film Son of a Gunfighter.
  • The Birth of a Nation (1915, D. W. Griffith) - The baghead raid is a biting parody of the film's portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Sergio Leone) - Stephen's dying words echo the closing line.
  • The Great Silence (1968, Sergio Corbucci) - Django's shooting practice in the snow is a direct reference to Silence's target practice and Tarantino has said that Corbucci's wintery western is a key influence of Django Unchained.
  • The White Buffalo (1977, J Lee Thompson) - Django's anachronistic sunglasses are not a reference to Ray, but to "The White Buffalo".
  • Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970, Don Siegel) - Two music cues are heard in the film.
  • Under Fire (1983, Roger Spottiswoode) - "Nicaragua" from "Under Fire" is heard in the film when Calvin Candie and his men arrive at Candyland.
  • Violent City (1970, Sergio Sollima) - Two music cues from the film are heard in Django.
  • The Lone Ranger: "Who was that nigger?"
  • Stephen tells Django that when he gets to the mine they'll "take away his name and give him a number".

    The Hateful Eight 

The Hateful 8

  • 3:10 to Yuma (1957) (1957, Delmer Daves): The name of the stagecoach line "Butterfield Overland Stage" is the same as in 3:10 to Yuma.
  • And Then There Were None (1945, René Clair): Acknowledged by Tarantino as an influence in an interview.
  • Death Wish II (1982, Michael Winner): Major Marquis warren delivers a variation of the line "You believe in Jesus? Well, you're gonna meet him" as spoken in the earlier film.
  • Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977, John Boorman): "Regan's Theme" from this film (also composed by Ennio Morricone) is heard on the soundtrack after Major Marquis comes aboard John Ruth's private stagecoach.
  • Key Largo (1948, John Huston): In an interview with Christopher Nolan, Quentin named Key Largo as inspiration for his movie.
  • Red Rock West (1993, John Dahl): The fictional town of Red Rock, Wyoming is a reference to this neo-noir, which also features, as per the title, Red Rock, Wy.
  • The Big Red One (1980, Samuel Fuller): The opening shot of the crucifix statue mirrors a shot from the prologue.
  • The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967, Michael D. Moore): "There Won't Be Many Coming Home" is heard over the ending credits.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Sergio Leone): Warren forces Smithers' son to walk through the snow naked, which recalls Tuco forcing Blondie to walk through the desert.
  • The Last House on the Left (1972, Wes Craven): "Now You're All Alone" from the "Last House" soundtrack plays over a similar scene in this film.
  • The Petrified Forest (1936, Archie Mayo): In an interview with Christopher Nolan, Tarantino named The Petrified Forest as inspiration for his movie.
  • The Thing (1982, John Carpenter): A number of scenes are homaged. As well, unused portions of Ennio Morricone's score for the film can be heard.
  • Major Marquis Warren is described as a "sly Lee Van Cleef type", and is named after the famous writer, director and producer of Western films and television shows, Charles Marquis Warren.

     Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 
  • The Great Escape (1963, John Sturges): Rick auditioned for the role of Captain Hilts, but lost the part to Steve McQueen. The film cuts to a scene with Leonardo DiCaprio digitally inserted in over McQueen.
  • The F.B.I. (1965, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.): Rick had a guest spot in an episode. Rick and Cliff watch the episode and provide commentary.
  • The Wrecking Crew (1968, Phil Karlson): Sharon Tate goes to watch the movie in a theater and signs the poster outside the theater.
  • The Green Hornet (1966, George W. Trendle): Bruce Lee is wearing his Kato costume when he fights Cliff, presumable he's on break from shooting.
  • Mannix (1967, Desilu Studios/Paramount): It's playing on Cliff's TV in one scene.
  • Lancer (1968, 20th Century Fox television): One of the film's major sequences has Rick playing the villain in the pilot episode. However, this requires some Artistic License – History because in Real Life, that episode aired in 1968, months before the the movie is set.
  • The Thing (1982): Rick Dalton using a flamethrower to kill a member of the Manson family is very reminiscent of R.J. MacReady using one to kill the infested members of his research team. Bonus Points by having Kurt Russell in both movies.
  • Nick Fury: One of Dalton's film roles in a Large Ham, eyepatchednote  sergeant in WWII. The character was previously referenced in the Tarantino-penned True Romance.


  • Tarantino's production company is named A Band Apart, after Bande à part, a famous French New Wave film by Jean-Luc Godard. Godard was interviewed about this homage in the 1990s and basically said he is not fond of Tarantino, calling him a "rascal" ("faquin", in French).

Alternative Title(s): Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood


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