Big Fish (2003) Poster



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The Circus (1928)
Scenes in Big Fish with Danny De Vito are influenced by Chaplin's Circus.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The trees move and trap young edward just like in Oz.
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Title is on movie marquee.
Wild Strawberries (1957)
Same scene - everyone from his life is there to honor him right at the end of his own life (strongly resembles award sequence at the finale of Bergman's film)
The ending. where edward is carried to the pond by his son and he sees everybody of significance in his life.
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Both main characters stand in a field of daffodils
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Edward Bloom and Norther Winslow rob a bank that turns out to have no money, just like Bonnie and Clyde
Valerie a týden divu (1970)
Tim Burton was inspired by ending of Valerie and used the same carnivale-like crowd meeting.
Deliverance (1972)
Duelling Banjos theme, played by Lonnie from Deliverance.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
The ravens at the entrance of the giant's cavern, like the ravens at the entrance of Merlin's cavern.
The Shining (1980)
Twin girls in the circus scene.
The Evil Dead (1981)
Trees come to life and try to attack Edward Bloom.
Ladyhawke (1985)
Wolf turn into man.
Batman (1989)
The door to the vault used in the bank robbery scene is the same that was used for the vault which was used to hold the batsuit in Burton's earlier movie Batman (1989).
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Edward, the salesman, literally sells hand tools -- draws on Burton's Edward Scissorhands.
Batman Returns (1992)
Boy does a shadow the same way as The Penguin does in that movie.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Young Ed Bloom's tie at Auburn University features the spiraling land from Nighmare Before Christmas (which uncurls when Jack walks onto it)
Go (1999)
Confederated Products banner shown when Ed is selling products.
Fight Club (1999)
When the young Edward is about to approach the house of the witch (Helena Bonham Carter) one of the boys comments that she "turns people into soap" this is a reference to the movie Fight Club which Carter also starred in, in which the main characters do indeed make soap out of human fat.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Steve Buscemi, long time Coen Bros. collaborator, robs small-town bank in similar fashion.
Smallville (2001) (TV Series)
Identity (2003)
Title is on movie marquee.

Referenced in 

Take Me Somewhere Nice (2004) (Short)
In one scene, father and son see the same shadow in two different but beautiful ways
Une américaine à Paris (2005) (TV Movie)
Marion Cotillard one of the main cast character of the film is interviewed about it.
The Benchwarmers (2006)
Poster is shown in a video store.
The Nines (2007)
Gary sets the DVD down to grab a book.
Último minuto (2009) (Short)
A poster for this film is seen in the kids' bedroom.
Notes on Craft: Rewriting and Polishing (2009) (Video)
Screenplay by John August
Catfish (2010)
DVD seen on shelf
Raytrospektiva (2010)
The movie, which was also adapted from Daniel Wallace novel is referenced when Tim Burton, its director, is seen on grandfather's photographs.
Face Off: Burtonesque (2012) (TV Episode)
title mentioned
Dark Shadows (2012)
Angelique mentions a big fish, not a coincidence since this is also a Tim Burton film
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.55 (2012) (TV Episode)
Ewan McGregor mentions that he played a father in the film
Rewind This! (2013)
Video case is shown.
Nostalgia Critic: Ghost Rider (2014) (TV Episode)
"Are you waiting for Albert Finney's Big Fish narration?"
Nostalgia Critic: Alice in Wonderland (2014) (TV Episode)
among Burton movies the Critic likes
Fakstage (2014) (TV Series)
Symptoma (2015)
A poster can be seen.
The Daily Show: Marion Cotillard (2015) (TV Episode)
Marion Cotillard says that Big Fish was her first American movie
The 5th Wave (2016)
Poster in Evan's house


Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The scene where the bank is out of money is similar to the empty bank scene in Dog Day Afternoon.
Blue's Clues (1996) (TV Series)
(Edward Bloom is watching it on TV)
Dora the Explorer (2000) (TV Series)
(Edward Bloom is watching it on TV)

Featured in 

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) (TV Special)
HBO First Look: Big Fish (2004) (TV Episode)
The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) (TV Special)
Troldspejlet: Episode #31.13 (2004) (TV Episode)
reviewed + footage used
Troldspejlet: Episode #32.4 (2004) (TV Episode)
VHS/DVD release reviewed + footage used
Fan-Made Music Videos: How I Go (2008) (TV Episode)
The song plays throughout clips of the film to tell the story
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Cop Out/The Crazies/A Prophet (2010) (TV Episode)
"Tim Burton in 3 Minutes or Less" segment.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Repo Men/The Bounty Hunter/The Runaways (2010) (TV Episode)
Amanda Seyfried's #5 Favorite Film.
Bad Movie Beatdown: Batman Returns (2012) (TV Episode)
clip shown when Film Brain mentions Tim Burton's good movies

Spoofed in 

Open Season (2006)
The underwater scene is spoofed.

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