Random Links/Stream of Consciousnessby 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
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.
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 »
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 »
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.
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
A failing ice hockey team finds success with outrageously violent hockey goonery.
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
A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
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
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.
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...