honey asked in Entertainment & MusicMovies · 1 decade ago

What are some real books mentioned in a movie?

Other than in Sleepless in Seattle where she mentions the shoes books.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In The Outsiders, Ponyboy and Johnny hide out in the countryside, where Ponyboy reads Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" to pass the time.

    "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger is mentioned in a lot of films: Conspiracy Theory and The Shining (original film), The Collector, Annie Hall, Six Degrees of Separation, Pleasantville, Go (Japan-2001), The Good Girl, and The Big Fat Liar. I'm not certain, but it might be one of the books burnt in Educating Rita. The film Chasing Holden is named for Holden Caulfield and has many references in it to the character, novel and author.

    "Fanny Hill", an infamous novel, is mentioned a number of times in The Impossible Years. The younger sister is shown reading it.

    "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley is referred to in "Paris When It Sizzles". The struggling screenwriter states that "Frankenstein" and "My Fair Lady" are the same story! *giggle*

    In the film On Golden Pond, the boy reads "Treasure Island" and "A Tale of Two Cities" and makes allusions to them.

    The Bible is read in many films, including Inherit the Wind and The King & I.

    Inherit the Wind, which is about the Scopes "Monkey" trial, also makes frequent references to Charles Darwin's "The Origin of Species".

    In Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, the flirtatious blonde on the beach is reading "War and Peace".

    Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" is read from by Strother Martin's scientist in the film SSSSSSS (tagline: "Don't say it. Hiss it!").

    "A Tale of Two Cities" is referred to in Up the Down Staircase.

    In Heavenly Creatures, the girls are shown reading various Biggles novels~adventures of a pilot during World War I, written by W.E. Johns.

    Niles and his mother plan to read "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe in The Other. He also refers to "Anthony Adverse" by Hervey Allen.

    In The Truth about Cats and Dogs, Uma Thurman's not-very-bright model is given "The Letters of Jean-Paul Sartre to Simone De Beauvoir" by Ben Chaplin's character, who thinks she's the woman he spoke to on the phone (Janeane Garofalo). The film is a modern take on "Cyrano de Bergerac" though that work is not mentioned.

    The title of "Splendor in the Grass" is from William Wordsworth's poem "Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood". I imagine any Wordsworth collection contains this lengthy work. I'm not sure if this counts as a book reference.

    In King Kong (PJ version), someone quotes from Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness".

    Many books are mentioned in Educating Rita, including "Howard's End" by E.M. Forster, "Rubyfruit Jungle" by Rita Mae Brown, and William Blake's "Songs of Innocence". While Rita is in a library, a professor asks her if she likes (Lawrence) Ferlinghetti, but I'm not sure that a title is shown. It's been awhile since I've seen it, so I don't remember the books.

    I think a copy of Alan Ginsberg's "Howl" is seen in The Howling.

    Fahrenheit 451 also names many books, including "The Life of Henry Brulard", Machiavelli's "The Prince", Jane Austen's "Pride & Prejudice", Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles", "Plato's Republic", Charles Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers", and "Weir of Hermiston" by Robert Louis Stevenson. I like the mention of a Bradbury novel, considering this film is based on a Bradbury novel!

    "Moby Dick" is mentioned in a number of films, but none of the titles come to mind except "Star Trek IV: The Wrath of Khan", which also has quotes from "The Inferno" by Dante Alighieri ("The Divine Comedy").

    Authors Charles Baudelaire and Honore de Balzac are mentioned in song in The Music Man.

    In They Might Be Giants, Justin Playfair quotes and refers to Miguel de Cervantes' "Don Quixote", and another character refers to "The Scarlet Pimpernel" by the Baroness Emmuska Orczy.

    A number of books are mentioned in the early scenes of Funny Face, in which Audrey Hepburn works in a bookstore. She delivers some books to the modeling agency, too. Unfortunately, I don't recall the titles.

    In The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944), most of the novels are referred to or read from, including "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", "Innocents Abroad", and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" (I think).

    In Curse of the Cat People, an elderly woman tells the little girl about "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", a story contained in Washington Irving's "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent."

    In The Addams Family, various books when opened create havoc, but I don't recall the titles. One might be "The Hurricane" by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. I can't remember the others.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Catcher in the Rye from the movie Last Supper (starring Annabeth Gish)

    Once and Future King in the X-men series.

    Oh,.. and the Shoes books were not mentioned in the sleepless in Seattle.. that was You've got mail... but as for that.. that one also had Pride and Prejudice.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller is mentioned in a lot of movies.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Tuesdays with Morrie was mentioned in The Simpsons Movie hehe :)

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  • 1 decade ago

    jeez, tons.

    the first one that comes to mind is the book 'the catcher in the rye' from the movie 'conspiracy theory'. it's somewhat central to the plot of the movie.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "Pride and Prejudice" in "You've Got Mail"

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