Xanadu (1980) Poster



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Remake of 

Down to Earth (1947)


Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
One of the dancers in "All Over the World" is dressed in full Bride of Frankenstein attire.
Citizen Kane (1941)
Cover Girl (1944)
Gene Kelly plays a club owner from the big band era named "Danny McGuire" in both; Danny's backstory in Xanadu sounds suspiciously like a version of "Cover Girl" without the happy ending.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Kira and Sonny wear slickers and carry umbrellas like in the opening title sequence of "Singin in the Rain"
The Wiz (1978)

Referenced in 

Olivia Newton-John: Hollywood Nights (1980) (TV Special)
Cliff Richards and Gene Kelly appear and sing duets as pre-promotion for Xanadu.
Making Xanadu: The Musical Fantasy Movie (1980) (TV Movie)
Making-of special.
The Midnight Special: Episode #9.7 (1980) (TV Episode)
Olivia Newton-John performs "Magic," the first American single from the Xanadu soundtrack.
Saturday Night Live: Sally Kellerman/Jimmy Cliff (1981) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during "Name that Sin".
Saturday Night Live: Olivia Newton-John (1982) (TV Episode)
Referenced during cold opening
Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984)
The "Let's Dance Tonight" battle-of-the-bands sequence bears an uncannily similarity to Xanadu's "Dancin'" sequence; Pia Zadora transforms into a beam of light.
The Orkly Kid (1985) (Short)
Crispin Glover has this film's poster on his bedroom wall.
The Last Slumber Party (1988) (Video)
Poster is shown.
A Princesa Xuxa e os Trapalhões (1989)
Sharon's royal outfits reference Kira's dress in this film.
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
A band on the list is named "The Nine Sisters." That is the name of the group that Sonny Malone asked to paint a cover for in "Xanadu."
Hudson Hawk (1991)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel sings a variation on the theme song.
Dream On: Music in My Veins: Part I (1995) (TV Episode)
Katrina threatens Martin that if she finds out he's cheating on her while she's in rehab, she'll make him listen to the soundtrack to Xanadu until he goes insane, which should probably take about half of side 1.
Free Enterprise (1998)
Movie poster at theater.
Action: Re-Enter the Dragon (1999) (TV Episode)
Peter reminds Asher that Joel Silver also made Xanadu
Drowning Mona (2000)
Tom Sawyer (2000) (Video)
At one point, Tom hallucinates that he and Becky are fish. The appearances of the characters and their actions are very much like those of the romantic leads as fish during the animated sequence in "Xanadu".
Pandaemonium (2000)
The title song from "Xanadu" is sung during the closing credits.
Do Over: The Block Party (2002) (TV Episode)
Dave invites Isabelle to see the film.
Gilmore Girls: I Solemnly Swear (2003) (TV Episode)
Francie says that Rory is displaying "Xanadu levels of insanity."
Will & Grace: Leo Unwrapped (2003) (TV Episode)
Will and Jack have the DVD and talk about scenes in it
It's Latter-Day Night! Live Comedy (2003) (Video)
"Xanadu" is one of the songs played by Hymnfir.
Corner Gas: Face Off (2004) (TV Episode)
Lacey mentions this as her favourite movie.
Gilmore Girls: Women of Questionable Morals (2005) (TV Episode)
Lorelai calls the inn "a snowy Xanadu of goodness."
When Disco Ruled the World (2005) (TV Movie)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
While reading a cast list for another film, Gay Perry mentions Michael Beck was the lead in "Xanadu." Joel Silver was the producer for that movie as well.
Queer as Folk: Mr. Right (Never Broke a Promise) (2005) (TV Episode)
Justin asks Brian if they should name their estate "Xanadu".
Getting Into the Action (2006) (Video)
Mentioned by Peter Dragon in clip from episode 2 of Action
The Ten (2007)
title on videotape
Lost: Eggtown (2008) (TV Episode)
Hurley asks Sawyer if he wants to watch Xanadu
It Takes Two: Series 3 Grand Final (2008) (TV Episode)
Dannii Minogue performs the title song.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 9 June 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
This film is referenced during footage of director Robert Greenwald.
Psych: Talk Derby to Me (2008) (TV Episode)
Juliet claims that this movie influenced her to learn how to rollerskate.
Pornography: A Thriller (2009)
When asked by his boyfriend William what guys thought they were renting when they got a incorrecting labeled rental video, Michael answers "I don't know, Xanadu?"
Deadly Premonition (2010) (Video Game)
It's in a list of movies York likes
RuPaul's Drag Race: Here Comes the Bride (2010) (TV Episode)
RuPaul asks Mathu Andersen if Tatianna's runway dress is a "Xanadu or a Xanadon't."
Criminal Minds: Exit Wounds (2010) (TV Episode)
After getting her coffee from Emily, Garcia calls the next stop Xanadu, but when JJ gets a call for their next case, she calls it Xanadon't
Casino Jack (2010)
mentioned in dialogue
The Trip (2010)
Steve Coogan compares Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan to Olivia Newton John's film Xanadu
The Big C: The Ecstasy and the Agony (2010) (TV Episode)
Cathy rents this movie
The Trip: Holbeck Ghyll (2010) (TV Episode)
Steve Coogan says "I would have thought you would have preferred Olivia Newton John's version of Xanadu".
NCIS: One Last Score (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Security Guard.
Dancing with the Stars: Episode #11.3 (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Daniel MacPherson during Olivia Newton-John's introduction.
Psych: The Tao of Gus (2011) (TV Episode)
Shawn says, "We have tickets to a screening of 'Xanadu' at 5:50."
Dave's Old Porn: Greg Fitzsimmons/Sharon Kane (2011) (TV Episode)
Title referenced by Dave Attell
NCIS: Housekeeping (2012) (TV Episode)
Barret says she liked Connery in Xanadu, mistaking him for Gene Kelly
Animation Lookback: Don Bluth Part 4 (2012) (TV Episode)
Don Bluth was requested to do the animation for the Scissor Sisters music video "Mary" as the band had fond memories of the animated sequence in this film.
Bullet in the Face: Angel of Death (2012) (TV Episode)
Hagerman's deceased partner has the soundtrack for Xanadu in his apartment.
General Hospital: Episode #1.12654 (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Maxie
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
The "Xanadu" theme plays as Brick and Chani kiss.
RuPaul's Drag Race: RuPaul's Big Opening: Part 2 (2014) (TV Episode)
Milk mentions the film when speaking to RuPaul.
The Cinema Snob: Two of a Kind (2014) (TV Episode)
"Plus, he should really give her back her hair from Xanadu."
16mm: The Continuing Story of Ssgt. Raymond Shaw (2014) (Short)
Detective Cliff Dougal mentions Xanadu and Olivia Newton-John in his dramatic reveal speech.
The Cinema Snob: The Apple (2014) (TV Episode)
The Cinema Snob: Can't Stop the Music (2014) (TV Episode)
Helped inspire the Razzies along with Can't Stop the Music
Nostalgia Critic: Forest Warrior (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in passing by Film Brain.
The Cinema Snob: Friday the 13th: A Nude Beginning (2015) (TV Episode)
"I would've dug out my copy of Xanadu alot earlier."
RuPaul's Drag Race: Glamazonian Airways (2015) (TV Episode)
Michelle Visage says, "no Xanadu we can throw in too," after RuPaul and Olivia Newton-John quote Grease a few times.
Face Off: The Gatekeepers (2015) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
The Cinema Snob: Staying Alive (2015) (TV Episode)
"Later that night, he goes to see Jackie's show which is like that cross between Xanadu and Nell."
The Cinema Snob: Fangs (2015) (TV Episode)
"I prefer Xanadu over Rocky Horror."
Fallout 4 (2015) (Video Game)
In the General Atomics factory in the babies room, wood blocks can be found saying "Xanadu".
The Chase Australia: Episode #1.47 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Charmaine as the 1980 movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly during her Cash Builder round.
Sisters (2015)
poster seen
The Cinema Snob: Grease 2 (2016) (TV Episode)
"He's stuck in Xanadu."
Atop the Fourth Wall: Youngblood #9 (2017) (TV Episode)
"Sorry, Badrock, but Donald Pleasence had to use it to pick up Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees in the next terminal over."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Reptilicus (2017) (TV Episode)
Jonah and the bots sing the theme
Atop the Fourth Wall: Athena #3 (2017) (TV Episode)
"He's here to tell her she can't attend the opening of Xanadu."
DVD-R Hell: Doorways to Danger (2017) (TV Episode)
"This Xanadu-inspired painting has all the answers."

Featured in 

The Midnight Special: Episode #8.33 (1980) (TV Episode)
Olivia Newton-John co-hosts; clips from the movie are shown.
Making Xanadu: The Musical Fantasy Movie (1980) (TV Movie)
Making-of special featuring clips, behind-the-scenes and alternate footage.
Friends: The One Where Ross and Rachel... You Know (1996) (TV Episode)
Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe watch the film on their new tv.
Ed: Better Days (2000) (TV Episode)
Shown when Carol watches it repeatedly.
I Love the '80s (2002) (TV Series)
I Love the '80s: 1980 (2002) (TV Episode)
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
footage appears throughout
The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004) (Video)
Clips are shown
Olivia Newton-John and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Live at the Sydney Opera House (2007) (TV Movie)
featured clips behind projector while singing from this movie's songs.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 1 February 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
A clip from this film is shown while talking about Robert Greenwald.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 4 April 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
A scenes from this film was ranked #2 on Bill's list of the worst in films.
20 to 1: Crazy Customs (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on rollerskating.
Going Back to Xanadu (2008) (Video)
DVD documentary about this film
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Echelon Conspiracy/Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li/Crossing Over (2009) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown during Ellen's Secret Movie Confession
The Nostalgia Chick: Xanadu (2009) (TV Episode)
Reviewed; clips shown.
David Walliams' Awfully Good: Awfully Good Movies (2011) (TV Episode)
Bad dancing
MarzGurl Reviews: MarzGurl Loves Don Bluth - The Secret of NIMH (2011) (TV Episode)
A sequence was animated by Don Bluth
Animation Lookback: Don Bluth Part 1 (2011) (TV Episode)
Don Bluth Productions made an animated segment for this film. Clip of animation shown.
Atop the Fourth Wall: Marvel Super Special #17: Xanadu (2014) (TV Episode)
Linkara reviews the comic adaptation
Seriesly: Thunderball (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Die schlechtesten Filme aller Zeiten: Xanadu (2015) (TV Episode)
featured Movie
The Cinema Snob: Xanadu (2015) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed

Spoofed in 

Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
The dancing in Goldmember's roller boogie
American Dad!: G-String Circus (2009) (TV Episode)
The name of the strip club is XanaBoobs

See also

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