Magnolia (1999) Poster



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Gilligan's Island (1964) (TV Series)
Henry Gibson's character is named 'Thurston Howell' after the character from 'Gilligan's Island'.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The music Thus Spoke Zarathustra overlaps with the image of Phillip Seymore Hoffman pacing next to the old man in the immaculate white bed, similar to the bedridden Dave at the end of "2001".
Putney Swope (1969)
Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972)
Frank's monologue to his dying father, Earl thematically mirrors Paul's long, curse-filled monologue to his deceased wife Rose. Both characters lay on their deathbed, unresponsive, as the speaker (Frank or Paul) rant and then break down into tears.
Network (1976)
The Shining (1980)
Stanley Spector running backstage after the game show mimics Danny running in the snow maze.
Raging Bull (1980)
Entertainment Tonight (1981) (TV Series)
Jimmy Gator is seen briefly being interviewed on 'Entertainment Tonight'.
Cops (1989) (TV Series)
Jim Kurring talks to himself while on his beat in a style inspired by 'Cops'.
Goodfellas (1990)
Numerous shots and scenes are duplicated.
The Quiz Kids Challenge (1990) (TV Series)
Is the show 'What Do Kids Know?' is based on.
Homicide (1991)
The scenes where Dixon is telling Jim he can help him solve the case reference scenes from 'Homicide'; Lionel Mark Smith also plays a detective in both films.
The Fisher King (1991)
Jack at Parry's hospital bed towards the end is echoed visually and thematically when T.J. Mackey is at his father's bedside towards the end of that film.
Short Cuts (1993)
The way the characters meet each others.
Hard Eight (1996)
Jimmy Gator's name is taken from the names Samuel L. Jackson's character lists in this film; multiple dialogue lifts; the third story in the prologue is about a young man named Sydney.
Demolition High (1996) (Video)
During the game show scene, a lot of talk is about a movie audition, with Alan Thicke and Corey Haim, about destroying a high school. This refers to the film Demolition High.
Sunset Beach (1997) (TV Series)
Boogie Nights (1997)
The Gingerbread Man (1998)
Storm announcement all along the movie.
Last Night (1998)

Referenced in 

Aimee Mann: Save Me (1999) (Video)
Soundtrack music video for the film
Gilmore Girls: Kiss and Tell (2000) (TV Episode)
Rory mentions Lorelai's bad reaction to the film
Violet (2000)
parody of Tom Cruise's character in "Magnolia"
Donnie Darko (2001)
Amélie (2001)
South Park: It Hits the Fan (2001) (TV Episode)
When Stan says "It's still the same world out there, look!" and opens the door, it's raining frogs outside. This also happens in the movie Magnolia.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
The name of one of Jay and Silent Bob's online critic, "Magnolia-Fan", was inspired by a feud on the View Askew website's message board.
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
multiple characters and plots
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Scuba Doobie-Doo (2001) (TV Episode)
Scuba diver found dead in a tree of a burned forrest
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling (2001) (TV Episode)
Xander's line: "Respect the cruller. And tame the donut!" In Magnolia, Tom Cruise says "Respect the cock! And tame the c*nt!"
Suck My Dick (2001)
Dog Eat Dog (2002) (Short)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
The phone number given by Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) to the phone sex hotline is 818-775-3993 which was the phone number of the A to Z pharmacy in this movie.
An Evening with Kevin Smith (2002) (Video)
The controversy over Smith's opinion about this film is mentioned.
Espera (2003) (Short)
References final scene
Hulk (2003)
Böse Zellen (2003)
The ensemble sings to a song from the soundtrack, like in "Magnolia"
The Plagiarist (2003) (Short)
father's death
MythBusters: Scuba Diver/Car Capers (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialog for the Forest Fire Scuba Diver myth
Hawaii, Oslo (2004)
inspired by
My Big Fat Independent Movie (2005)
"That guy from 'Magnolia' "
Six Feet Under: The Rainbow of Her Reasons (2005) (TV Episode)
when Ruth, Bettina and the other women sing "Calling all Angels" and the camera show other cast members its a reference to "Magnolia" where the cast also has sung
En la cama (2005)
mentioned once
Prozac tango (2005) (Short)
Inspired by the genre
The Henry Rollins Show: Paul Thomas Anderson/Aimee Mann (2006) (TV Episode)
Briefly discussed in the interview.
Nip/Tuck: Gala Gallardo (2006) (TV Episode)
the main cast sings to a song from the soundtrack
Skins: Finale (2007) (TV Episode)
Main characters in different locations sing the same song at the same time.
Primeval: Episode #2.2 (2008) (TV Episode)
On the shelf at the video store.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #4.9 (2009) (TV Episode)
incorrect answer to a $16,000 question
Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) (TV Episode)
DVD cover shown.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.170 (2010) (TV Episode)
Included in a $7,500 question
Ved Daggry (2010) (Short)
Erna drinks of an empty glass, like Jason Robards smokes an imaginary cigarette.
Natholdet - med Anders Breinholt: Simon Kvamm (2011) (TV Episode)
Simon Kvamm mentions the movie
At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Margaret Pomeranz in a segment on The Master as another movie made by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Missing Pieces (2012)
Character name: Magnolia "Maggie" Anderson (Magnolia is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson). The DVD spine of Magnolia can be seen in David/Delia's apartment. Melora Walters (who plays Delia in Missing Pieces) stars in Magnolia as Claudia Wilson Gator.
Rewind This! (2013)
Video case is shown.
Midnight Screenings: Sabotage/Noah/God's Not Dead (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3 (2014) (TV Episode)
Rainbow Dash explains how she knew Twilight Sparkle was going to fly into a helicopter by reversing the episode and pausing on each individual person to explain how she knew came from Ricky Jay explaining Sydney Barringer's suicide in this film. Pinkie Pie also behaves like Dixon while rapping.
Portlandia: Late in Life Drug Use (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Fargo: Buridan's Ass (2014) (TV Episode)
SPOILER: A fish rain occurs at the end of the storm, like the frog one in Magnolia.
Film '72: Episode #44.3 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Danny Leigh when reviewing Inherent Vice (2014)
Sense8: What's Going On? (2015) (TV Episode)
Just like Paul Thomas Anderson's film, this episode features a sequence with all of the main characters simultaneously singing the same song ("Wise up" then; "What's up" now).
BoJack Horseman: Hank After Dark (2015) (TV Episode)
Philip Baker Hall plays a famous game show host accused of sexual abuse in both this episode and the film.
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #7.16 (2016) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question; still shown


Today (1952) (TV Series)
Frogger (1981) (Video Game)
Game appears in this film

Featured in 

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2000) (TV Special)
Siskel & Ebert: The Worst of 1999 (2000) (TV Episode)
One of their picks.
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000) (TV Special)
Zomergasten: Episode #18.6 (2005) (TV Episode)
A fragment of this film is shown in this episode
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Duplicity/Knowing/I Love You, Man (2009) (TV Episode)
"How to Be A Man" segment
The Greatest: 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80's (2009) (TV Episode)
Footage from the film was featured in this mini-series.
Zomergasten: Episode #22.4 (2009) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Knight and Day/I Am Love/The Killer Inside Me (2010) (TV Episode)
Brett's #4 Tom Cruise Line
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.36 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown in a montage of Julianne Moore films
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.4 (2011) (TV Episode)
clips of the film are shown as one of the films that made Christy a critic
DVD-R Hell: Bibleman (2012) (TV Episode)
Brad replaces Bibleman's speech with Tom Cruise's line, "Respect the cock."


Cops (1989) (TV Series)

Spoofed in 

Mission: Improbable (2000) (TV Short)
Ned (2003)
Song sequence
My Big Fat Independent Movie (2005)
Rain of frogs
Fur on the Asphalt: The Greg the Bunny Reunion Show (2005) (TV Movie)
Direct spoof -- Count Blah at the Vegas nightclub
The Edwin J. Hill Social Club: Versa Vice (2006) (TV Episode)
Characters sing along to a song in different scenes.
Silly Man!!-L'Idiot-To Touvlo (2014) (Video)
Comic Style as "Fasolia"
Cougar Town: Refugee (2014) (TV Episode)
Grayson imitates Frank T.J. Mackey

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