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  • Essential Movies and TV for Cultural References
  • StirlingCrispin
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    Today at bikers-wot-lunch we were discussing the Dead Parrot Sketch.
    And Monty Python and the Holy Grail ” Just a flesh wound”.

    What movies / TV are essential viewing to understand cultural references ?

    nbt
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    THe Princess Bride is probably the most quotable film of all time

    The Blues Brothers

    Star Wars

    Closer to home – Morecambe and Wise, Dad’s Army, ‘Allo ‘Allo, The Young Ones… the list could be endless

    zilog6128
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    Groundhog Day is the most significant one I can think of, given that the movie reference is actually in the dictionary now!

    tomhoward
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    Top Gun

    kcal
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    Depends on the blurred lines between being widely quoted and cultural references.
    Would add Blackadder into the list for that.

    See also TV adverts as having a longevity beyond the actual ads – “Pea and ham? From a chicken?” being an example.

    TheBrick
    Free Member

    Deep throat?

    TheDTs
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    Withnail & I
    The Italian Job

    mattyfez
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    The Boondock Saints.

    Tarrantino films.

    TheDTs
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    Only Fools & Horses
    The kids are into Vicar of Dibley at the moment.

    maccruiskeen
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    See also TV adverts as having a longevity beyond the actual ads

    Some turns of phrase are surprisingly old advertising slogans – ‘Gone for a Burton’ is often used to describe something lost, damaged or to describe someone having some sort of bad fortune. Its from a poster campaign in the early 20th century for Burton ales in which a picture of a famous event would have someone important missing and the phrase ‘He’s gone for a Burton’ underneath to suggest he’d gone to the pub instead. In the second world war it became a euphemism amongst airmen to describe someone lost in action – to refer to the person from the scene that is now absent –  and that changed to meaning to how we using it today.

    Not used in that way at all – as in people don’t think they’re quoting anything  – is the idea of breakfast being the most important meal of the day – which has no scientific basis at all and is just an old Kelloggs slogan.

    I think even ads these days don’t have that effect though. TV and Film used to be much more of a shared experience – only a few channels, only one TV in the house, people watched everything together, whether it was kids tv, top of the pops or current affairs people watched it all together in the same room and more broadly we watched it all at the same time. So they way these phrases entered common parlance was through talking about having watched the same TV the night before. Nothing really has that saturation now.

    I can’t think of an line from an ad or and tv show from say the last 5 years that people would drop into conversion with the presumption that anyone would know what they’re quoting

    136stu
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    The Fast Show and probably most of Harry Enfields stuff. Fawlty Towers too.

    matt_outandabout
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    Cool Runnings.

    Shawshank Redemption.

    Hunt For the Wilderpeople.

    Hunt for Red October.

    A Bridge Too Far.

    Kelly’s Heroes.

    supernova
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    The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
    2001
    The Godfather
    Pulp Fiction
    Coronation Street

    Caher
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    Get Carter
    Trainspotting.
    Pulp Fiction
    Or more seriously all 29 Marvel films.

    Houns
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    The Simpsons

    kayak23
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    Airplane.

    Whenever I’m asked how I feel, I can’t help but reply ‘a series of nerve endings sends electrical impulses to my brain, but that’s not important right now’

    Eyes roll but it’s a culturally-ingrained behaviour.

    surfer
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    All the presidents men
    American werewolf in London
    Cry freedom

    montgomery
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    Carry On Camping.

    YoKaiser
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    Blazing Saddles.
    Badges? We don’t need no steenking badges.
    Little bastard shot me in the ass.
    Baby please, I am not from Havana.
    I shoot with this hand. etc

    funkmasterp
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    The Big Lebowski
    Enter the Dragon
    I’m hoping that The Boys “With great power comes the absolutely certainly you’ll turn in to a right ****” becomes an oft used phrase from here on out.

    gauss1777
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    Blazing Saddles.
    Badges? We don’t need no steenking badges.

    Treasure of the Sierra Madre should get the credit for this imho

    jekkyl
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    Blackadder.
    The young ones.

    Cougar
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    THe Princess Bride is probably the most quotable film of all time

    Back in Web 1.0 days there was a website where people could submit their favourite film quotes. TPB was banned from the site on the grounds that the entire film was quotable.

    Airplane.

    Whenever I’m asked how I feel, I can’t help but reply ‘a series of nerve endings sends electrical impulses to my brain, but that’s not important right now’

    I think you’ve mangled two quotes there. The first half of that was Jeff Goldblum in a Holsten Pils advert.

    kayak23
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    😳
    I think you’re right.
    Just shows that I can’t accurately remember nearly anything!

    Cougar
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    Got it.

    garage-dweller
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    Although it was both a film and a TV series it was really an increasingly inaccurately described trilogy of five books, being the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

    Oft quoted on here.

    Anyone for a gynnantonix? Or a drink that tastes almost but not quite exactly unlike tea?

    neilnevill
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    Jaws
    Italian job

    willard
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    Apocalypse Now gets used in the office a lot (by me), Top Gun not so much. Some Blade Runner, some Platoon, some Full Metal Jacket.

    There are bound to be others, but Spaced, Black Books and IT Crowd are heavy hitters.

    DaveyBoyWonder
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    The Inbetweeners (films and TV series)

    chakaping
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    Airplane.

    Surely you can’t be serious?

    Cougar
    Full Member

    Although it was both a film and a TV series it was really an increasingly inaccurately described trilogy of five books, being the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

    It was ‘really’ a radio show.

    I was talking about DNA just today, the ‘lizards’ piece seems currently relevant.

    https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/162557-it-comes-from-a-very-ancient-democracy-you-see-you

    Cougar
    Full Member

    No mention of Aliens yet?

    Take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

    desperatebicycle
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    Lots already mentioned.. but I still find myself quoting some Kenny Everett characters.
    Plus
    Monsters’ Inc. and
    The Incredibles

    Might just be my family those 2!
    “I’m watching you Wazowski, always watching.”
    “I’m not happy Bob”
    “Can we do that again?! 😀 ” etc

    desperatebicycle
    Free Member

    Taxi Driver for definite

    null

    TiRed
    Full Member

    Sainsbury’s in-house bakery advert. What was the best thing before sliced bread?

    wordnumb
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    Spinal Tap.

    LimboJimbo
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    The Fast Show still gets quoted without folk realising it, it was massively influential.

    I’ll get my coat
    Does my bum look big in this?
    Scorchio
    Which was nice.

    chakaping
    Free Member

    matt_outandabout
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    In addition:

    Die Hard.
    Open Season.
    Allo Allo.

    mrb123
    Free Member

    Bueller

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