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Post Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 2:58 am 
 

Off topic but funny,
do you know how many times hollywood mentionned DD in movies or some other great references to this game ?

I was pretty sure that in the beginning of E.T. the guys played at DD and that a DMG screen was used but after watching it again (only the very beginning), it seems to be not the case, and the french dialogue let me think that there wasnot any DM. Have you an idea or theory about that ? What was this game ?

I recently watch extras from Lords of the Rings and in a bonus there is a funny interview with Peter Jackson made by Ben Stiller and Stiller talks about 'the D&D club' : a sort of integrist faction that will preserve the authenticity of Tolkien's opus vs Hollywood excess (a fourth episode  :wink:   made by Stiller  with a relation between Sam & Frodo etc.  :D )

And my last one: Mazes & monsters, one of the first movies with Tom Hanks (nearly 80') in which players were described as psychopaths.  :twisted:  Not nominated to Cannes anyway. But strange. It was played instead of a good Derrick  :)  in the middle of a day some years ago ! Oups, i don't know if you are familiar to Derrick.

Brainstorming ! Have you any other movies / references ?

  

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:22 am 
 

Derrick :?:  :?:  :?:


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 10:06 am 
 

The one movie I remember mentioning D&D was Airheads. The comedy with Brendan Fraser, Adam Sandler, and Steve Buscemi. The part I remember is where a ton of heavy metal groupies are standing in a radio station parking lot behind police barricades where the above mentioned actors are holed up inside with hostages. The FBI find out that Brendan's character was originally just a nerdy high school student. When it gets leaked to the public, all of the groupies are trying to identify with him and tell each other what kind of person they used to be. One of the guys (I think it was Lemmy from Motorhead) stands up and yells "I used to play Dungeons and Dragons".

But my favorite line is when Adam Sandler is practicing being a bad guy and screams "I'm gonna stab you in the head....with my dick". Second best Adam Sandler flick ever. :lol:

  


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:14 am 
 

I was pretty sure that in the beginning of E.T. the guys played at DD and that a DMG screen was used but after watching it again (only the very beginning), it seems to be not the case, and the french dialogue let me think that there wasnot any DM. Have you an idea or theory about that ? What was this game ?


...fairly sure the game was D&D. One of their characters' is running along, pulls out a portable hole and jumps in. - argument ensures about being able to do it...then pizza arrives.


Hmmmm D&D Hmmmm  Pizza! , just full of memories!!  :D

  


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:35 am 
 

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I was pretty sure that in the beginning of E.T. the guys played at DD and that a DMG screen was used but after watching it again (only the very beginning), it seems to be not the case, and the french dialogue let me think that there wasnot any DM. Have you an idea or theory about that ? What was this game ?


...fairly sure the game was D&D. One of their characters' is running along, pulls out a portable hole and jumps in. - argument ensures about being able to do it...then pizza arrives.


Hmmmm D&D Hmmmm Pizza! , just full of memories!! :D


Yes, that's close to how I remember it as well, though I'm not sure about the portable hole part.  I thought it had something to do with a magical weapon?  But there's definitely a D&D scene at the beginning of the film.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:02 pm 
 

If we are counting TV, I recall references in Buffy, X-Files and Jesse.

My favorite was Jesse, the show with Christina Applegate. She goes on a blind date and the guy takes her to his D&D game. She reluctantly decides to try it and then gets desperate to leave, but she doesn't know how. She calls her friend who knows about these things, and gets the best advice I ever heard for quickly exiting a D&D group.

"The fastest way to get out of there is to get your character killed, so attack the other player characters."

I thought the game on ET was Traveller rather than D&D.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:34 pm 
 

Somewhat not related, but I just love the Dead Ale Wives and their take on D&D. I can't seem to find their website anymore, but while looking I found a funny little movie someone did with one of the skits. Here's a link:

Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews | Screen Junkies

And an 8-bit version here:

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I know of only 2 MP3's out there that are from the DAW regarding D&D. The post about the Jesse episode reminded me of it.

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 7:24 pm 
 

dave wrote:If we are counting TV, I recall references in Buffy, X-Files and Jesse.


... and The Simpsons, Futurama, and Reno 911, off the top of my head. There was also an old episode of Simon & Simon where the detectives try to track down a missing boy who was obsessed with the "Angels & Demons" game ... it was a pretty obvious MSU steam-tunnels reference.

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 7:47 pm 
 

KingOfPain wrote: Second best Adam Sandler flick ever. :lol:


Surely that would be second least worst Adam Sandler flick ever. :-)


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 8:22 pm 
 

Don't forget The X-Files:

"I didn't play Dungeons and Dragons all those years and not learn something about courage."


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 10:39 pm 
 

The Wraith wrote:I know of only 2 MP3's out there that are from the DAW regarding D&D. The post about the Jesse episode reminded me of it.


There is only one MP3 by the Dead Alewives about DnD, the "sequel" was by some other group imitating the first one (according to thier site when it was still up).

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 8:28 am 
 

dave wrote:If we are counting TV, I recall references in Buffy, X-Files and Jesse.

My favorite was Jesse, the show with Christina Applegate. She goes on a blind date and the guy takes her to his D&D game. She reluctantly decides to try it and then gets desperate to leave, but she doesn't know how. She calls her friend who knows about these things, and gets the best advice I ever heard for quickly exiting a D&D group.

"The fastest way to get out of there is to get your character killed, so attack the other player characters."

I thought the game on ET was Traveller rather than D&D.


On occasion my group still yells out "All hail the Dungeon Master!" in remembrance of that episode.  I'd love to have a tape of it, but since Jesse was a flop I doubt we'll see either a DVD collection of all the episodes or even reruns at any point, too bad.

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 12:19 pm 
 

I'd love to have a tape of it, but since Jesse was a flop I doubt we'll see either a DVD collection of all the episodes or even reruns at any point, too bad.

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Post Posted: Sun May 01, 2005 6:25 am 
 

Another TV references - That 70's Show

Another movie reference - Taps. As I recall, somewhere near the beginning of the film, I think Tom Cruise's characters asks Tim Hutton's character if their gonna play D&D that night.

They also talk about D&D in one of the "I Love the 70s" on VH1.

  


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Post Posted: Sun May 01, 2005 10:19 pm 
 

The monster manual showed up more than once in the 1st and only season of Freaks and Geeks and then one of the last episodes, maybe the last, it was about 50% D&D.  Deities and Demigods makes an appearance.

It was a great show.

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Post Posted: Sun May 01, 2005 10:57 pm 
 

pjflores wrote:The monster manual showed up more than once in the 1st and only season of Freaks and Geeks and then one of the last episodes, maybe the last, it was about 50% D&D. Deities and Demigods makes an appearance.

It was a great show.

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And this show IS available on DVD, the complete series.  I've toyed with buying it if only for the D&D references.

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:48 pm 
 

Xaxaxe wrote in DD & Hollywood:
dave wrote:If we are counting TV, I recall references in Buffy, X-Files and Jesse.


... and The Simpsons, Futurama, and Reno 911, off the top of my head. There was also an old episode of Simon & Simon where the detectives try to track down a missing boy who was obsessed with the "Angels & Demons" game ... it was a pretty obvious MSU steam-tunnels reference.


11+ yrs bumpage on this one  :lol:

Here's the intro to that Simon & Simon episode called "Trapdoors" in season 1

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I haven't watched this since it was probably on the air..I don't remember how much more D&D stuff there was in the episode but I think AJ or Rick track the kid down to some underground tunnel or something towards the end of the show and it's somehow tied into his D&D playing

  

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:01 am 
 

Big Bang Theory has a several episodes featuring D&D extensively.

I'm a big Buffy fan so I remember the fateful D&D game the night before the final battle against evil.
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The Gravity Falls cartoon has a fantastic episode about D&D, "Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons!"


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:39 pm 
 

The best TV episode about D&D was featured in the show "Community" with Chevy Chase.  The episode is actually entitled, "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" and you can see one of the maps from Q1 among other things D&D.  It represents D&D pretty good even though it takes some liberties.  It's funny and it mostly makes sense.

"Community" Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (TV Episode 2011) - IMDb


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:02 pm 
 

Here is the relevant scene from E.T. if anyone is interested. It seems to be sort of a D&D mash-up/hybrid

Dungeons & Dragons in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - YouTube


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