The Great Santini (1979) Poster


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King Kong (1933)
Mary Anne refers to her father as King Kong.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Upon entering their new palatial Southern home, Bull refers to himself as Rhett Butler and to Lillan as Scarlett O'Hara.
Gojira (1954)
Mary Anne refers to her father as Godzilla.
Rome Adventure (1962)
on theater marquee

Referenced in 

Teen Wolf (1985)
The Beavers' basketball coach issues specific guidance on playing against an opposing player with the name "Meechum" on the Cadets basketball team. Meechum was the family name in The Great Santini (1979), which focuses on the son (Ben Meechum) who's a high school basketball player, based on the life of Pat Conroy. This is also a reference to Pat Conroy himself, because in real life, he later played college basketball as a cadet at the Citadel, hence the opposing team's name "Cadets".
American Rampage (1989)
mentioned in dialogue
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike during the closing credits of "Laserblast."
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Dr. Evil's lines with the bouncing globe
Gilmore Girls: Double Date (2001) (TV Episode)
Lorelai compares Mrs. Kim to Robert Duval's demanding father character
The Tick: The License (2001) (TV Episode)
Upon finding that someone knows of his past, The Tick exclaims "Great Santini!"
The Hot Chick (2002)
8 Simple Rules: Good Moms Gone Wild (2003) (TV Episode)
Amy tells her father he doesn't have to get all "Great Santini" on Bridget and her.
Kicking & Screaming (2005)
numerous references in the manipulating tetherball scene between Duvall and Ferrell
Howard Stern on Demand: Robert Duvall (2006) (TV Episode)
Howard says Duvall should have won the Oscar
NCIS: Hide and Seek (2009) (TV Episode)
DiNozzo asks McGee whether he's seen the movie; McGee says, "Didn't have to see it; I lived it."
Saturday Night Live: Will Ferrell/Green Day (2009) (TV Episode)
During Weekend Update: "Who do you think you are, The Great Santini?"
Warehouse 13: Resonance (2009) (TV Episode)
Myka compares her childhood to the movie
Psych: You Can't Handle This Episode (2010) (TV Episode)
Shawn says, "If I hadn't seen 'The Great Santini' so many times, I probably would have seen that sooner."
The Simpsons: Love Is a Many Strangled Thing (2011) (TV Episode)
In Homer's nightmare, Bart refers to himself as "The Great Simp-sini."
Body of Proof: Hard Knocks (2011) (TV Episode)
Bud refers to the dead boy's father as "The Great Santini".
NCIS: The Penelope Papers (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by DiNozzo when he's talking about McGee's father.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.114 (2012) (TV Episode)
Rainn Wilson says that he saw a harsh Little League dad and wondered whether he had ever seen the film
The Judge (2014)
"A more superior prick never shit between two shoes," is a paraphrase of a line from this movie.
NCIS: House Rules (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by McGee.
Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.17 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Sports Films?" category

Featured in 

Precious Images (1986) (Short)
An Officer and a Movie: The Great Santini (2011) (TV Episode)
Movie is discussed in episode.

Spoofed in 

Roseanne: Punch and Jimmy (1994) (TV Episode)
Dan and Fred play basketball like Bull and Ben. Michael O'Keefe played both Fred and Ben.

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