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Xanadu (1980) Poster

(1980)

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Remake of 

Down to Earth (1947)

References 

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 

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 seen on bedroom wall.
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.
NewsRadio: The Secret of Management (1998) (TV Episode)
Mr. James' original concept of his mansion, but without the dorky name
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)
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)
discussed
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 (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."
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.
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.

Featured in 

Friends: The One Where Ross and Rachel... You Know (1996) (TV Episode)
Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe are watching it on their new TV.
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.

Spoofed in 

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