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Pinocchio (1940)
"Shadow me, Pinocchio!"
Dumbo (1941)
Four Leaf calls Cody "Dumbo"
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Bridge detonation sequence
The Great Escape (1963)
Characters refer to the plot
Gilligan's Island (1964) (TV Series)
Kirk Lazarus refers to Tugg Speedman as "Gilligan" when he watches him play Simple Jack for his captors
Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror (1967) (TV Episode)
Tugg has a Terran Empire tattoo on his right arm
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Derisive reference to the idea of someone remaking the film for YouTube
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Title on Cody's vest.
MASH (1970)
Portnoy very briefly addresses Kevin as, "Radar".
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970) (TV Special)
Jon Voight's character is visibly angry when he loses the Oscar to Tugg at the film's end. This is a reference to Voight losing the Oscar for Midnight Cowboy to John Wayne in True Grit.
The Jeffersons (1975) (TV Series)
Theme song mentioned
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Stated As One Of Al Pacino's Films By A Vietnamese Farmer
Rocky (1976)
Tugg Speedman's physique is compared to that of Rocky
Roots (1977) (TV Mini-Series)
Someone is called Chicken George
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
One of Tugg Speedmans lines (in the film within the film) is: - I've got a bad feeling about this
The Deer Hunter (1978)
When Kirk Lazarus is trying to persuade Tugg Speedman to leave the camp, the scene mirrors Robert Deniro's interaction with Christopher Walken towards the end of The Deer Hunter.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Kirk Lazarus states, "You know back before the war broke out, I was a saucier in San Antone...", which is a reference to Chef, who referred to himself as a saucier. Also, Four Leaf Tayback "Beds give me nightmares" is referencing Benjamin Willard's thoughts at the beginning of Apocalypse Now. Also, a man standing behind Sandusky at the "One Week Down" party is wearing Col. Kurtz's clothes and green facepaint.
Alien (1979)
at 0:00:06:30, a "dying alien" shriek is heard
Benson (1979) (TV Series)
Character addressed as "Benson" in racial reference
Being There (1979)
Mentioned as example of actor vying for Oscar playing handicapped
Cruising (1980)
Lesser Al Pacino movie suggested by Cody (Danny McBride) in the prison camp
The Road Warrior (1981)
When Kirk tells the others in the chopper that Tug's not coming he says the exact line that Wez says in Mad Max 2 when he thinks Max is dead: "He's gone. It's over. We go."
First Blood (1982)
Kirk mentions the first two Rambo films in discussing Tugg's physique
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Kirk mentions the first two Rambo films in discussing Tugg's physique
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Alpa Chino calls Kirk Lazarus this.
¡Three Amigos! (1986)
Actors are thrown into a real life situation and are unaware they are not in a movie
Platoon (1986)
Lazarus' line "If the machine breaks down, WE break down." was spoken by Sgt. Barnes (Tom Berenger) in Platoon
Predator (1987)
"If it bleeds can we kill it?"
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Director tells the actors that they are no longer actors/maggots.
Big Shots (1987)
Simple Jack looks like the character Dickie from this movie
Action Jackson (1988)
In the scene where Four Leaf loses his hands, Kirk Lazarus withdraws, saying: - Action Jackson can't do this!
Rain Man (1988)
Mentioned as example of actor winning Oscar playing handicapped
Sea of Love (1989)
Lesser Al Pacino movie suggested by Cody (Danny McBride) in the prison camp
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Character mentions having started his career on the film
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
The character Kevin Sandusky mentions how he thinks Renny Harlin is an underrated director, citing how The Adventures of Ford Fairlane was a great film, for an Andrew Dice Clay vehicle.
Scent of a Woman (1992)
Rob Slolom wears a gimme hat from the film while on set
Cliffhanger (1993)
Jay Baruchel's character says "Cliffhanger is amazing" when defending the work of director Renny Harlin.
Forrest Gump (1994)
Mentioned as example of actor vying for Oscar playing handicapped
Access Hollywood (1996) (TV Series)
Fake excerpts tell some of the back story
The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997) (TV Special)
Tugg's celebration leap while holding his Oscar is like Cuba Gooding Jr.'s leap after he won an Oscar for Jerry Maguire
Blade (1998)
Alpa Chino: "I'm suppose to jump out of this plane just like Wesley Snipes did Blade and The Art of War?"
Great Performances: Cats (1998) (TV Episode)
During a phone call, Rick Peck calls Tugg Speedman "Rum Tum Tuggernuts" in greeting.
The Art of War (2000)
Alpa Chino: "I'm suppose to jump out of this plane just like Wesley Snipes did Blade and The Art of War?"
I Am Sam (2001)
Mentioned as example of actor vying for Oscar playing handicapped
The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002) (TV Special)
mentioned that Sean Penn went home empty-handed after he went full retard in 'I am Sam'
Kangaroo Jack (2003)
Alpa Chino calls Kirk Lazarus this.
Freaky Friday (2003)
Cody talks about an accident that almost happened when he was working on this.
Rebound (2005)
Poster is seen
Criss Angel Mindfreak (2005) (TV Series)
mentioned by Kirk Lazarus
The Werewolf Cult Chronicles: Vietnam 1969 (2005) (Video)
The helicopter crash is almost a frame-by-frame copy of the crash in this film.
The Tyra Banks Show (2005) (TV Series)
Fake segment depicted
The Queen (2006)
DVD included in Tugg's gift basket
Hamlet 2 (2008)
Damien says he's Jesus, Steve Coogan played Jesus during the play depicted in Hamlet 2
The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)
Poster seen on the wall.

Referenced in 

Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (2008) (Video Game)
TT is advertised heavily throughout the game, mostly as posters etc.
Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness (2008) (Video)
Mockumentary of Tropic Thunder
Saturday Night Live: Michael Phelps/Lil' Wayne (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced during Weekend Update
MTV Movie Awards: Tropic Thunder (2008) (Video)
Movie Awards short
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.58 (2008) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $16,000 question
Heroes Unmasked: Let's Get Physical (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.66 (2008) (TV Episode)
Included in a $100 question
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) (TV Special)
Announced as nominee.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.93 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $4,000 question
Spike's Guys Choice (2009) (TV Special)
Mentioned by Clint Eastwood
Weeds: Glue (2009) (TV Episode)
Dean (in blackface) says that Robert Downey Jr. "opened the door"
Drive-In Horrorshow (2009)
Title on theater marquee of the Mendon Twin Drive In.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.19 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $2,000 clue in the category "2008 Blockbuster Movies"
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.54 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $2,000 clue in the category "Before & After"
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.111 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "Who Played 'Em?"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.4 (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Jay in a list of Matthew McConaughey's films
Wild Target (2010)
poster seen
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: How to Train Your Dragon (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay Baruchel's role mentioned
2010 MTV Movie Awards (2010) (TV Special)
Tom Cruise as Les Grossman appears several times in the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.45 (2010) (TV Episode)
Kellan Lutz talks about watching the film on an airplane
The Graham Norton Show: Episode #8.6 (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Graham.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.55 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Jack Black was in the film
Saturday Night Live: Jeff Bridges/Eminem and Lil Wayne (2010) (TV Episode)
Referenced on "The Miley Cyrus Show"
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
Title mentioned by Joe Dante.
Conan: Hooray for Scabies (2011) (TV Episode)
Conan O'Brien introduces actor Brandon T. Jackson and mentions this movie
One Question (2011) (Short)
Movie Poster in Background
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.26 (2011) (TV Episode)
David Freese mentions that two years ago, he dressed as the film's character Les Grossman for Halloween
Jeopardy!: 2011 Tournament of Champions Quarterfinal Game 4 (2011) (TV Episode)
Answer to question in Characters From Movies category
Bad Movie Beatdown: Big Mommas- Like Father, Like Son (2012) (TV Episode)
"Didn't he play Al Pacino in Tropic Thunder?"
Tosh.0: Boy in Black Face (2012) (TV Episode)
referenced by Tosh
The Nostalgia Chick: Reality Bites (2012) (TV Episode)
Lindsay mentions this as a Ben Stiller movie she likes
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.2 (2014) (TV Episode)
Adam Scott mentions the movie by name.
Boyhood (2014)
This is one of Mason's favorite movies from summer '08; this is heard when he's talking to his dad about the lack of similar interests with his girlfriend.
The Trip to Italy (2014)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Cinema Snob: Ninja Champion (2014) (TV Episode)
"I'd condemn this movie for going full retard..."
The Cinema Snob: Brazilian Planet of the Apes (2014) (TV Episode)
"This is the part where their captors make them perform Brazilian Simple Jack in front of an audience."
Selfie: Traumatic Party Stress Disorder (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Graham Norton Show: Ben Stiller/Ricky Gervais/Rebel Wilson/Usher/Cameron Diaz/Usher/Jamie Foxx/Danny Dyer (2014) (TV Episode)
Graham and Ben Stiller talk about Tom Cruise's role in this movie; also a still of Tom Cruise as Les Grossman is shown
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kevin Hart/Jay Baruchel/Meghan Trainor (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jimmy when introducing Jay Baruchel
The Cinema Snob: Jungle Holocaust (2015) (TV Episode)
"This was actually a big inspiration for Tropic Thunder."
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jack Black/Carly Fiorina/Pedro Martinez (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Seth as he introduces Jack Black
Honest Trailers: Mission Impossible (2015) (TV Episode)
"Never go full Woo"
Nostalgia Critic: Why Does Everyone Hate the Cable Guy? (2015) (TV Episode)
among Ben Stiller's more successful films
Tosh.0: Catfish Cooley (2015) (TV Episode)
"Full retard"
The Graham Norton Show: Sir Elton John/Jack Black/Ben Stiller/Penelope Cruz/Owen Wilson (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Graham when introducing Jack Black; Jack Black and Ben Stiller talk about filming this movie
Honest Trailers: Finding Nemo (2016) (TV Episode)
'Never go full Minion'
Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe (2016) (TV Special)
The Devil (Amy Poehler) refers to the character Rob Lowe played in the film, thinking of Tom Cruise
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Justin Theroux/Tim Meadows/Naomi Ekperigin/Danny Carey (2016) (TV Episode)
Seth mentions that Justin Theroux co-wrote the movie
StarTalk: Ben Stiller (2016) (TV Episode)
Ben Stiller mentions that he directed the movie
Saturday Night Live: Scarlett Johansson/Lorde (2017) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned and picture shown on Weekend Update


Star Trek (1966) (TV Series)
Episode is seen
Star Trek: Arena (1967) (TV Episode)
Tugg Speedman watches the episode on his handheld device
Wii Sports (2006) (Video Game)
Matthew McConaughey's character is playing Wii Sports

Featured in 

HBO First Look: Tropic Thunder (2008) (TV Episode)
clips shown
Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness (2008) (Video)
Clips shown.
Troldspejlet: Episode #40.8 (2008) (TV Episode)
reviewed + footage used
Tropic Thunder: Before the Thunder (2008) (Video)
Clips, behind-the-scenes and making of
Tropic Thunder: Designing the Thunder (2008) (Video)
Clips, behind-the-scenes and making of
The Cast of 'Tropic Thunder' (2008) (Video)
Clips, behind-the-scenes and making of
Tropic Thunder: The Hot LZ (2008) (Video)
Clips, behind-the-scenes and making of
Tropic Thunder: Full Mags (2008) (Video)
raw footage, behind-the-scenes and making of
The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2009) (TV Special)
Nominee clips.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Men Who Stare at Goats/A Christmas Carol/Precious (2009) (TV Episode)
"Where Do You Want To Meet?" segment
The Cinema Snob: Bad Movie Cinema Snob: McBain (2010) (TV Episode)
Film Brain compares the battles in both films
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.77 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip is included in a montage of Tom Cruise films
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Knight and Day/I Am Love/The Killer Inside Me (2010) (TV Episode)
Brett's #3 Tom Cruise Line
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.84 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip from the film featuring Jay Baruchel and Jennifer Love Hewitt is shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.22 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown in a montage of Robert Downey Jr. films
Visionado obligado: The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2012) (TV Episode)
clip shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.181 (2012) (TV Episode)
Clip shown in montage of Ben Stiller films
Brows Held High: The Idiots (2012) (TV Episode)
recalling the scene that discusses the mentally handicapped
Nostalgia Critic: Pearl Harbor (2013) (TV Episode)
scene that spoofs cliche dying in battle scenes is shown
Nostalgia Critic: The Cat in the Hat (2013) (TV Episode)
calls Cat in the Hat a fake trailer that comes on before this movie
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Let's make the greatest war movie EVER!
Retro Report: "A Dingo's Got My Baby": Trial by Media (2014) (TV Episode)
Featured clips
Atop the Fourth Wall: The Punisher #61 and #62 (2015) (TV Episode)
remembering Robert Downey Jr playing a black man
History Buffs: We Were Soldiers (2015) (TV Episode)
clip shown
13 Hours (2016)
The security contractors are watching the movie in one scene.
Some Jerk with a Camera: The Haunted Mansion Movie Part 2 (2016) (TV Episode)
Seen in "Shut Up!" montage
Tom Cruise: Reel Life (2017) (TV Movie)
Clips shown


Uncle Tom's Cabin (1903) (Short)
Simple Jack is forced to perform his own version of "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The 'Four Leaf Tayback' character is a parody of 'Homer Parrish'
A Double Life (1947)
Comic variation where a white actor portrays a black character and the actor gets lost in the role he's playing
The Green Berets (1968)
The 'Half Squat' character is a parody of 'Hamchunk'
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
the pile of heroin was molded exactly in the shape of the Devil's Tower mashed potatoes
The Deer Hunter (1978)
When Kirk Lazarus is trying to persuade Tugg Speedman to leave the camp, the comic scene mirrors Robert Deniro's interaction with Christopher Walken towards the end of The Deer Hunter.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Many spoofs of scenes, Tug washing his face after the play, the confrontation of Kirk and Tug in the camp.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Portnoy kneels in front of a heap of heroine and rubs his finger tips (with a golden glance on his face), just like Indy facing the golden idol.
The A-Team (1983) (TV Series)
The shot where the actors all jump out of the chopper before they start shooting the fake film
The Meaning of Life (1983)
Snooty waiter with French accent offers obese person more food.
Uncommon Valor (1983)
Parodies plot elements
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
When Ben Stiller is back in his hut after his Simple Jack performance in the PoW camp, removing make up, and he turns to Halfsquat's knock is a direct reference to Elizabeth McGovern removing her make up when Robert De Niro meets her again after all those years.
Platoon (1986)
The film being made depicts Tugg's character dying in a similar pose as Elias
Predator (1987)
Tugg killing the panda is exactly like Mac killing the pig in Predator. "You think you could have killed something bigger?"
Hamburger Hill (1987)
The 'Sandusky' character is a parody of 'Languilli' (they are both Italian Americans and no one ever says their last names correctly)/black character named Motown
Stealing Heaven (1988)
The trailer for "Satan's Alley" parodies the trailer, the forbidden love affair, and tagline of this movie
Terminator 2 (1991)
When Kirk Lazarus is shedding his many acting personas in the heroin camp it is reminiscent of the T-1000 melting down and morphing between faces in the foundry at the climax of T2.
Chaplin (1992)
Tugg Speedman taking off the Simple Jack makeup is like Chaplin taking off The Tramp makeup at the begining of the film.
Fear of a Black Hat (1993)
"Booty Sweat" is a takeoff of the song "Booty Juice" in this movie
Forrest Gump (1994)
Tugg Speedman's fictional movie Simple Jack is based on the real movie Forrest Gump.
Mortal Kombat (1995)
When Kirk enters the drug camp, disguised as a "rice farmer", he looks and talks like Lord Rayden.
The Nutty Professor (1996)
"The Fatties" is a spoof of Eddie Murphy's movie
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
"We don't negotiate with terrorists" followed by applause
Event Horizon (1997)
When Kirk tries to Get Tugg out of the camp and asks him to come home, Tugg says "I am home!". The line and the visuals are copied exactly from the scene between Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill in Event Horizon
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
A scene in which Tugg Speedman is deafened by an explosion is a shot-for-shot parody of a deafness sequence on Omaha Beach.
Wonder Boys (2000)
Toby Maguire and Robert Downey, forbidden lovers in the Satan's Alley trailer, have a one-night stand.
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000)
Parodied as "the Fatties: Fart two". The Jeff Portnoy character plays a fat family, and complains people only laugh at his fart jokes.
Zoolander (2001)
Guy places his hand down own underpants manically searching for resolution to immediate surrounding problem. Both movies directed by and co-star Ben Stiller.
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (2002) (TV Series)
Celebrities get dropped into wilderness with little more than their wits, strength and will to survive (as well as desire to stay in the public limelight).
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Macho character expresses, then jokingly, retracts his own soft side - met with approval, "There he is".
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
The trailer for "Satan's Alley" makes fun of this movie's taboo gay love story
The Secret (2006) (Video)
"The universe, is talking to us right now."
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Ben Stiller barely escapes the explosion on the bridge the same way that (co-star) Tom Cruise did on MI3

Spoofed in 

Tropic Blunder (2010) (Short)
Title and plot
Supernatural Activity (2012)
Kirk Lazarus parody character

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