Random Links/Stream of Consciousness

by grendelkhan | created - 06 Aug 2013 | updated - 06 Sep 2013 | Public

These are random connections between movies, actors, source material, plot, whatever. I've decided to limit the list to 1000 links, as it is very hard to keep track of what films and tv shows have already been listed.

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1. Animal House (1978)

R | 109 min | Comedy

79 Metascore

At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst

Votes: 99,889 | Gross: $141.60M

Let's just start here. Animal house features a young Kevin Bacon as a pledge at the rival fraternity. We all know we can connect Kevin Bacon to just about anyone. So, here is out first connection...

2. He Said, She Said (1991)

PG-13 | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Dan and Lorie are journalists working in the same office. More often than not they have opposing view of the issue in question. Deciding that this is hot stuff, a television producer gives ... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Kwapis, Marisa Silver | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth Perkins, Nathan Lane, Anthony LaPaglia

Votes: 5,468 | Gross: $9.80M

Bacon would go on to be a relatively hot commodity for a while, then cool off and start appearing in more interesting roles. This is while he was still hot, appearing with Elizabeth Perkins, in a movie told from different points of view. Perkins would later appear in...

3. Weeds (2005–2012)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When a suburban mother turns to dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies, she finds out just how addicted her entire neighborhood already is.

Stars: Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Kevin Nealon

Votes: 93,838

Elizabeth Perkins was a regular for several seasons of Weeds, as the pompous and manipulative friend of Mary Louise Parker. MLP also appeared in...

4. RED (2010)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 261,279 | Gross: $90.38M

Mary Louise Parker ends up an unwilling companion to Bruce Willis in this action/comedy. Richard Dreyfuss appears as an arms dealer. In his younger days, Dreyfuss appeared in an odd family comedy...

5. Hello Down There (1969)

G | 88 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

A marine scientist volunteers to have his family live in a prototype underwater home to prove it's practical.

Directors: Jack Arnold, Ricou Browning | Stars: Tony Randall, Janet Leigh, Roddy McDowall, Jim Backus

Votes: 579

Dreyfus is a friend of Tony Randall and Janet Leigh's kids, who all have a band. Dreyfus is the "singer" (he's dubbed). Appearing as a record mogul is Roddy McDowell, who made a guest appearance in....

6. Columbo (1971–2003)

TV-PG | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 22,173

Roddy McDowell appeared in an early episode where he is a wannabe photographer and heir to a chemical company, who arrogantly believes he has committed the perfect murder, until he comes up against Lt. Columbo. Also seen in that episode was Ann Francis, who made a memorable and sexy appearance in...

7. Forbidden Planet (1956)

G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens

Votes: 38,900 | Gross: $3.00M

Ann Francis is the daughter of scientist Walter Pidgeon, in this sci-fi classic. Also appearing, in a smaller role, is Earl Holliman. Holliman co-starred with Angie Dickinson in...

8. Police Woman (1974–1978)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Follows Sergeant "Pepper" Anderson, LAPD's top undercover cop. A member of the Criminal Conspiracy Unit, Pepper works the wild side of the street, where she poses as everything from a gangster's moll to a streetwalker to a prison inmate.

Stars: Angie Dickinson, Earl Holliman, Charles Dierkop, Ed Bernard

Votes: 1,295

Policewoman had several undercover cop characters, including one played by Charles Dierkop, who was notable for a rather flat nose, that looked like he had been on the losing end of a fight. Dierkop also appeared in...

9. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heals. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Votes: 176,935 | Gross: $102.31M

Dierkop played a character known as, surprisingly, Flat Nose. The script for this classic film came from the pen of William Goldman, who also wrote...

10. The Princess Bride (1987)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

77 Metascore

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon

Votes: 337,465 | Gross: $30.86M

Goldman is the real "S Morganstern" behind the novel and also wrote the film script. The film features legendary pro wrestler Andre "the Giant" Roussimoff, who, in the 70s, appeared in the classic tv series...

11. The Six Million Dollar Man (1974–1978)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

After a crippled test pilot is rebuilt with nuclear powered limbs and implants, he serves as a unique intelligence agent.

Stars: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Lindsay Wagner

Votes: 6,984

Andre was the first actor to play Sasquatch, a bionic creature created by aliens. In a later episode, Sasquatch was played by Ted Cassidy, who also did cartoon voice work, including the series...

12. Space Ghost (1966–1968)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi

The adventures of a space superhero who can become invisible and his sidekicks.

Stars: Gary Owens, John David Carson, Tim Matheson, Don Messick

Votes: 1,212

Space Ghost, the hero, was voiced by Gary Owens, who is probably best known for...

13. Laugh-In (1967–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

Stars: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens

Votes: 2,035

Gary Owens was the announcer who linked segments and voiced many jokes. Appearing as both a go-go dancer and ditzy performer on the show was Goldie Hawn, who appeared in the Disney film...

14. The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968)

G | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The Bower Family Band petitions the Democratic National Committee to sing a Grover Cleveland rally song at the 1888 convention, but decide instead to move to the Dakota territory on the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael O'Herlihy | Stars: Walter Brennan, Buddy Ebsen, Lesley Ann Warren, John Davidson

Votes: 650

Goldie dances in this film, which also featured a young actor with whom she would work when he was an adult, and eventually live with: Kurt Russell. They reconnected on the set of the movie...

15. Swing Shift (1984)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Romance, War

A woman finds romance when she takes a job at an aircraft plant to help make ends meet after her husband goes off to war.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti, Fred Ward

Votes: 3,626 | Gross: $6.65M

Sparks flew between Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, leading to a relationship that still exists. The film was written by Nancy Dowd. Dowd is also the writer of this favorite hockey movie...

16. Slap Shot (1977)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

61 Metascore

A failing ice hockey team finds success with outrageously violent hockey goonery.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Strother Martin, Jennifer Warren

Votes: 30,842 | Gross: $28.00M

Nancy Dowd's brother Ned played semi-pro hockey and the colorful characters he played with and against formed the basis of the script, and many played characters in the film. The film also reunited Paul newman and Strother Martin, who previously appeared in...

17. Cool Hand Luke (1967)

GP | 126 min | Crime, Drama

91 Metascore

A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martin, J.D. Cannon

Votes: 139,686

Who can forget Strother Martin's famous scene, after Paul Newman's Luke has been brought back to the chain gang? "What we've got here is...failure to communicate." One of the cons in the film is Wayne Rogers, as Dragline. Rogers would go on to appear as a surgeon in the tv series...

18. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 43,908

Wayne Rogers played Trapper John McIntyre, Hawkeye's best friend and roommate. Rogers left the series in a contract dispute, but Trapper would later reappear, but in a different format. He got his own series...

19. Trapper John, M.D. (1979–1986)

60 min | Drama

The Korean War M*A*S*H unit veteran operates as Chief Surgeon in a major city hospital with his colleagues.

Stars: Pernell Roberts, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Charles Siebert, Gregory Harrison

Votes: 1,285

Trapper John is now in the present, at a major hospital. Unfortunately, Wayne Rogers didn't get to reprise the role, Pernell Roberts did. Roberts was best known, previously, for this western series...

20. Bonanza (1959–1973)

TV-PG | 49 min | Western

The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 6,449

Pernell Roberts was oldest son Adam Cartwright. Of course, the biggest brother was actually Hoss, played by Dan Blocker. Blocker passed away before he could see his son Dirk, appear in this later hit series...

21. Black Sheep Squadron (1976–1978)

60 min | Action, War, Adventure

The dramatized World War II adventures of U.S. Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington and his U.S. Marine Attack Squadron 214, (The Black Sheep Squadron).

Stars: Robert Conrad, Simon Oakland, Dana Elcar, Dirk Blocker

Votes: 1,768

Dirk Blocker was one of the pilots who flew in the famous Black Sheep Squadron, led by Pappy Boyington. One of his fellow pilots was played by John Laroquette, who is best known for the comedy series...

22. Night Court (1984–1992)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

An eccentric fun-loving judge presides over an urban night court and all the silliness going on there.

Stars: Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll, Charles Robinson

Votes: 8,340

John Laroquette played DA Dan Fielding, a thoroughly likeable "unlikeable" guy. The series starred Harry Anderson as Judge Harry Stone. Stone's favorite singer was Mel Torme, who appeared as a drag racing punk in this little film...

23. Girls Town (1959)

90 min | Drama

Silver is a troubled teenage girl sent to a Catholic reform school, where she has trouble fitting in.

Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: Mamie Van Doren, Mel Tormé, Ray Anthony, Margaret Hayes

Votes: 680

This film starred Mel Torme and Mamie Van Doren. Also appearing in the film, as a singer, was singer Paul Anka. Anka was one of dozens of notable stars to appear in the WW2 film...

24. The Longest Day (1962)

G | 178 min | Action, Drama, History

The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, Darryl F. Zanuck | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda

Votes: 47,038 | Gross: $39.10M

Paul Anka plays one of the rangers who landed at Pointe du Hoc, at Normandy. Also in the film is French actor, known as Bourvil, who co-stars with Alain Delon in the classic French crime film...

25. Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Not Rated | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

91 Metascore

After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, Bourvil, Gian Maria Volontè, Yves Montand

Votes: 17,839 | Gross: $0.37M

Alain Delon stars as a thief, fresh out of prison, who conspires with an escaped criminal to steal a fortune in jewels. A few years later, Delon would star as a favorite character of his son....

26. Zorro (I) (1975)

G | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In the New World, a new Spanish governor finds the province of Nueva Aragón under the iron fist of the corrupt Colonel Huerta and vows to bring justice under the guise of a masked avenger.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Alain Delon, Stanley Baker, Ottavia Piccolo, Enzo Cerusico

Votes: 2,501

Alain Delon starred in this version of Zorro, for his son, who was a fan of the hero. Appearing in the film, as comedy relief, is French actor/comedian Moustache, who also appears in the caper/romantic comedy...

27. How to Steal a Million (1966)

Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Romantic comedy about a woman who must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries, and the man who helps her.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 20,701

Moustache is one of the museum guards that Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn must elude, while they steal a fake statue, created by Hepburn's father. The art forging father is played by Hugh Griffith, who also appeared in...

28. The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

PG | 85 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

An aging Sir Hector Geste takes a young greedy wife who's after his famed Blue Water sapphire but his sons hide the gem and join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa.

Director: Marty Feldman | Stars: Marty Feldman, Ann-Margret, Michael York, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 1,894

Hugh Griffith plays a judge in this Marty Feldman vehicle, a parody of the classic romantic adventure novel Beau Geste. In one scene, while suffering from mirages, Feldman comes across another Beau Geste.....

29. Beau Geste (1939)

Passed | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 4,739

In the Last remake of Beau Geste, Marty Feldman suffers a mirage, which features footage of Gary Cooper from this classic version. The film would later be remade, in this version...

30. Beau Geste (1966)

Approved | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Michael "Beau" Geste leaves England in disgrace and joins the infamous French Foreign Legion. He is reunited with his two brothers in North Africa, where they face greater danger from their... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Guy Stockwell, Doug McClure, Leslie Nielsen, Telly Savalas

Votes: 414

This remake of Beau Geste featured Doug McClure as Beau's younger brother John. McClure starred in a series of films based on Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, including...

31. The Land That Time Forgot (1974)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Fantasy

During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn, the submarine takes them to the unknown land of Caprona, where they find dinosaurs and neanderthals.

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Doug McClure, John McEnery, Susan Penhaligon, Keith Barron

Votes: 4,627

Doug McClure stars as American engineer Bowen Tyler, a survivor of a torpedoed ship. The survivors, undler Tyler's leadership, take over the German U-boat that sank their ship. One of the German crew is Anthony Ainley, who appeared in this classic sci-fi series...

32. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The adventures of a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey known only as the Doctor, who travels through time and space fighting monsters and other villainous megalomaniacs with companions.

Stars: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker

Votes: 30,654

Anthony Ainley played the Master, during Peter Davison's run as the Doctor. The Master first appeared in the Jon Pertwee era, played by Roger Delgado. Delgado also had a small role in...

33. The Assassination Bureau (1969)

M | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A woman causes a group of assassins to face their greatest challenge.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Oliver Reed, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Curd Jürgens

Votes: 1,846

Delgado is one of several people in league with Tely Savalas' scheme to destabilize Europe. Another accomplice in the Bureau is played by Curt Jurgens, who appeared in this John le Carre-penned mini-series...

34. Smiley's People (1982)

360 min | Drama, Mystery

Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus, so overwhelmed by political considerations that it doesn't want to know what ... See full summary »

Stars: Alec Guinness, Eileen Atkins, Bill Paterson, Vladek Sheybal

Votes: 2,977

Jurgens is an old agent of George Smiley, whose murder puts Smiley on a trail that may help him get revenge on Korla. They key person on that trail is played by Eileen Atkinson who co-created the seminal tv series...

35. Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)

60 min | Drama

The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.

Stars: Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh, Angela Baddeley

Votes: 2,257

Eileen Atkinson and Jean Marsh created this drama about the lives of the privileged and those who serve them. One of the servants was Gordon Jackson, who was the boss in...

36. The Professionals (1977–1983)

50 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller, George Cowley fight terrorism and similar high-profile crimes. Cowley, a hard ex-MI5 operative... See full summary »

Stars: Gordon Jackson, Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins, Bridget Brice

Votes: 2,022

Gordon Jackson orders around Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw. Shaw has an awful perm in this series, but has much better hair in this later series...

37. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999– )

540 min | Adventure, Drama

During the turmoil of the French Revolution, English aristocrat Percy Blakeney, often aided by his League of friends, secretly undertakes various daring missions as the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Stars: Richard E. Grant, Ronan Vibert, Gerard Murphy, Jonathan Coy

Votes: 1,012

Martin Shaw is Citizen Chauvelin, who constantly seeks the elusive Scarlet Pimpernal, played by Richard E Grant. Grant has a supporting role in the Steve Martin comedy...

38. L.A. Story (1991)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

66 Metascore

With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a wacky weatherman tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early 1990s Los Angeles.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Richard E. Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker

Votes: 26,888 | Gross: $28.86M

Richard E Grant plays Victoria Tennant's estranged husband in this film. She is attracted to Steve Martin, but has committed to a weekend getaway with Grant. Martin ends up asking Sarah Jessica Parker to accompany him on a weekend, and they end up in the next room at the same hotel as Grant. Parker also starred in the tv series...

39. Square Pegs (1982–1983)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Follow Patty Greene and Lauren Hutchinson, two awkward teenage girls who are desperate to fit in at Weemawee High School.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Linker, Merritt Butrick, John Femia

Votes: 804

This short-lived, but cult favorite 80s series also featured Merrit Butrick, who would play the offspring of Captain Kirk, in...

40. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

PG | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 100,519 | Gross: $78.91M

Kirk learns he has a son, David, who has developed a terraforming device that has become a weapon, in the hands of Khan, played by Ricardo Montalban. Montalban was one of a platoon of soldiers, in the classic war film...

41. Battleground (1949)

Approved | 118 min | Action, Drama, War

A squad of the 101st Airborne Division copes with being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy

Votes: 5,761 | Gross: $10.29M

Montalban is part of a platoon that includes James Whitmore. Whitmore had a memorable turn in the film...

42. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama

80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 1,955,267 | Gross: $28.34M

James Whitmore plays Brooks, the old inmate who can't handle life on the outside. The film stars Tim Robbins, who also appeared in this baseball comedy...

43. Bull Durham (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

73 Metascore

A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson

Votes: 40,653 | Gross: $50.89M

Tim Robbins is "Nuke" Laloosh, the pitcher with the million dollar arm and a 5 cent brain. He is paired with veteran catcher "Crash" Davis, played by Kevin Costner. Costner had an earlier role, as a naval officer, in this thriller...

44. No Way Out (1987)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young