Homage Examples

There are many examples in the movies of homage. Here are just a few - be sure to write me if you want to add in others!

Batman / Pulp Fiction
How are Batman and Pulp Fiction related? In Batman, there's an enemy named the Joker. Every time he kills someone, he says "Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?" This is related to classic European tales which involve sinners doing this very activity.

In Pulp Fiction, Jules has decided to say "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides with the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and good will shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon those with great vengeance and with furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know that my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee." This is Ezekiel 25:17.

So in one sense you can say it's a homage that Pulp Fiction has a character which performs a "quote before I kill you" that is sort of literary. But on the other hand, it's hard to imagine that no other movie or story, ever, has had a character that liked to say something dramatic before each killing he (or she) did.

Mallrats / Jaws
In Jaws, there's a classic scene where the sailors are sitting around in the ship's cabin - with portholes behind them - comparing scars and battle stories.

In Mallrats, Kevin Smith deliberately lays out a scene in the exact same way - even putting round images on the wall behind the group - to mimic the environment. It's obviously not the same dialogue, but it's the same "feeling" which is evoked instantly because of that similarity.

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