Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Non-Shakespeare Movies that quote Shakespeare

Many people see scenes in movies and wonder, "Where did that reference com from?" I would like to expand on that be showing and talking about a number of movies... Non-Shakespeare movies that referenced Shakespeare briefly in their flicks. I'll start with the most humorous and end with the most inspirational. Here we go:

*Billy Madison- Hamlet



"To be or not to be, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them. To die, to sleep, no more."

*The Man Without a Face- The Merchant of Venice



"I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?"

*Harry Potter: And the Prisoner of Azkaban- Macbeth


(Various references in the song)

* Star Trek VI- Hamlet



"The undiscovered country" and "To be, or not to be"(Translated in English).

*Renaissance Man- Hamlet


(Various References)

*Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory  


(Various references from multiple plays)

*The Last Action Hero- Hamlet



"To be or not to be?"

*Scott Pilgrim vs. The World- Hamlet

 

"In my minds eye, [or whatever]."
 
*The Ringer- Romeo & Juliet

Eddie Barbanell AKA Billy from The Ringer acts out a scene from Romeo & Juliet.



*George of the Jungle- Hamlet

George of the Jungle asks this simple question before swinging to the aide of a parachuter in distress.


"To [swing] or not to [swing]?"

*The King's Speech- Hamlet

 

 "To be or not to be, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them. To die, to sleep, no more." 

I'm positive that there are more movies that quote Shakespeare, but as of now these are the ones that stood out the most and are most memorable to me. If you know of any movies that reference Shakespeare, let me now and I'll add another list!

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