Hail, Caesar! (2016) Poster



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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
The "movie within a movie" is "Hail, Caesar!: A Tale Of The Christ."
Holiday (1938)
Eddie Mannix has to decide whether to take an easier, much better paid job, or to stay in his hard, but fulfilling job, the admiration for which he summarizes in his line addressed to Baird Whitlock: "The picture has worth and you have worth if you serve the picture." Johnny Case (Cary Grant) has to decide whether to marry a rich man's daughter and get a job that would earn him a lot of money, or to figure out, as he says, "where I fit into the picture".
Chip of the Flying U (1939)
Poster hanging in hallway.
The Flame of New Orleans (1941)
Poster hanging in hallway.
Tight Shoes (1941)
Poster hanging in hallway.
Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
Poster hanging in hallway.
This Gun for Hire (1942)
Poster hanging in hallway.
Boss of Hangtown Mesa (1942)
Poster hanging in hallway.
The Glass Key (1942)
Poster hanging in hallway.
The Great Impersonation (1942)
Poster hanging in hallway.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
The Merry Widow Waltz editor C.C. Calhoun put on the dailies of "Merrily We Dance" is a musical reference to "Shadow of a Doubt". Both films have a doubling and duality theme: "Shadow of a Doubt" the two Charlies (C.C.!), "Hail, Caesar!" Laurence Laurentz, his protégés Baird & Burt, the twin sisters Thora & Thessaly.
Thousands Cheer (1943)
Gene Kelly dances with a mop just as Burt dances with a broom.
Weird Woman (1944)
Poster hanging in hallway.
Her Primitive Man (1944)
Poster hanging in hallway.
Ghost Catchers (1944)
Poster hanging in hallway.
The Big Sleep (1946)
Eddie breaks up a pornography racket just like Phillip Marlowe walks through a pornography racket.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Eddie wrestles the idea of leaving or staying at his job like George does as well as both protagonists are tempted by better job offers; Eddie and George look for big enough suitcases; Hobie Doyle sings about the moon just as George soliloquize to Mary about lassoing the moon.
Brute Force (1947)
Poster hanging in hallway.
The Pirate (1948)
Musical actor Burt Gurney knows Baird Whitlock's secret (concerning "On Wings as Eagles") and is involved in the blackmailing scheme. In "The Pirate", traveling singing and dancing actor Serafin (Gene Kelly) knows Don Pedro's secret, but he insists: "I'm an artist, not a blackmailer!"
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948)
Poster hanging in hallway.
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
The security guard at the front gate of Capitol Pictures is called Scotty. This is the same name as the studio gate guard in Sunset Boulevard.
Summer Stock (1950)
Burt dances on peanut shells just like Gene Kelly dances on newspapers.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Opening scene of "Merrily We Dance" showing only characters' shoes
An American in Paris (1951)
Burt dances on tables while the bartender verbally tries to make him go away throughout the number that is similar to how Gene Kelly continually bothers Oscar Levant's character who is composing a song on the piano as he is dancing and singing in Oscar's room throughout.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Burt gingerly leaves the bar because of a disgruntled bartender that mimics Gene Kelly's awkwardness when he has to stop dancing in the rain because of a policeman's watchful gaze.
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
A direct riff of the musical numbers from the movie with DeAnna Moran
The Robe (1953)
The whole premise of the movie within the movie is that a centurion roman soldier confronting Christ just like the 1953 film.
White Christmas (1954)
Clooney references an interaction with actor Danny Kaye while being held hostage. In real life, Clooney's aunt, Rosemary Clooney had previously starred with Kaye in White Christmas.
The Killing (1956)
Burt Gurney loses a suitcase of money because of his dog intervenes similar to the ending of the Killing where Johnny Clay loses the heist money because of a dog intervenes.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Saul in the movie within the movie wears garb similar to that of Charlton Heston's Moses
South Pacific (1958)
The song "No Dames" is a pastiche of "There Is Nothing Like A Dame" and even includes one performer who sings a line in an extremely deep bass.
Vertigo (1958)
The name "Carlotta Valdez" refers to "Vertigo", where Carlotta Valdez was the woman in the portrait Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton pretended to be possessed by.
North by Northwest (1959)
The Malibu Communist house is a visual reference to Vandamm's villa.
Ben-Hur (1959)
"Hail, Caesar!", the film-within-the-film, pays several tributes to Ben-Hur (1959), including the matching subtitle "A Tale of the Christ" and a scene wherein a Roman general portrayed by Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) becomes speechless upon encountering Jesus Christ.
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
The communists loses a suitcase of money that is similar to the shot in Stanley Kramer's comedy when the main players loses the suitcase full of money.
Last of the Summer Wine (1973) (TV Series)
Burt's cleaning lady dresses like Nora Batty from the show right down to the stockings.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
The Mud Collectors in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the Communists in Hail Caesar constantly discuss Marxist ideology.
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Both films are about manners in a certain period of history and about artificiality within these periods: with Barry its with the upper class and its rules, with Caesar its about the Hollywood system and the people who run it. As well as the fact that Barry and Eddie are seen as anti-heroic rogues; as well as there are scenes where someone is taken hostage by polite and civilized captors (Captain Feeny and the group, "the Future").
Marathon Man (1976)
Laurence Laurentz, repeatedly saying the line "would that it were so simple" to Hobie Doyle, to get the pronunciation right; like Szell (Laurence Olivier), repeatedly asking Babe "is it safe?", and remarking that he is a fanatic about spoken language.
Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
A Roman character in the biblical epic speaks with a heavy lisp, much like Pontius Pilate in this movie.
The Stunt Man (1980)
In "The Stunt Man", stunt man Burt is replaced by someone who isn't a stunt man. In "Hail, Caesar!", actor Baird Whitlock is replaced by his stunt double, who can't act.
The Simpsons (1989) (TV Series)
Rainier Wolfcastle can't say "Up and Atom!"; Hobie Doyle can't say "Would that it were so simple".
Barton Fink (1991)
The studio in this movie -Capitol Pictures- is the same one featured in the Coen Brothers' earlier film.
Fargo (1996)
In this film, the briefcase with the ransom money is ultimately lost at sea. An earlier film by the Coen brothers "Fargo", also features a briefcase with ransom money being lost.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
In "Hail, Caesar: A Tale of the Christ" Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) plays Autolycus Antoninus. In the Coen Brothers' earlier movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou", which is loosely based on Homer's Odyssey, George Clooney plays Ulysses Everett McGill. In Greek mythology Autolycus was Ulysses' grandfather.
The Ladykillers (2004)
In the Coen Brothers' earlier movie "The Ladykillers", Professor Dorr uses (the first half of) the communist motto "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs" and, towards the end, tells Lump: "Now is the moment of praxis. Now, Lump, you must act." In "Hail, Caesar!", Professor Marcuse came down from Stanford to teach the communist screenwriters about "direct action, praxis".

Referenced in 

Half in the Bag: Krampus (2015) (TV Episode)
title is mentioned
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 15 February 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Adnan Virk
Wazzu on Film: Deadpool and Hail, Caesar! (2016) (TV Episode)
Saturday Night Live: Jonah Hill/Future (2016) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Jonah HIll during his monologue
PWN: Best of 2016: PWN #12 (2017) (TV Episode)
Title is mentioned, Poster is shown
Jeune Femme (2017)
Ad seen on a bus early in the movie.


The Woody Woodpecker Show (1957) (TV Series)
Seen on a vintage television.

Featured in 

Conan: Josh Brolin/Tom Segura/Cage the Elephant (2016) (TV Episode)
Scene of Josh Brolin was shown.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jonah Hill/Megyn Kelly/Wiz Khalifa (2016) (TV Episode)
Jonah Hill introduces a clip from his movie
Conan: Jane Lynch/Alden Ehrenreich/Andrew Bird (2016) (TV Episode)
Scene of Alden Ehrenreich was shown.
The Oscars (2017) (TV Special)
nominee clips
The Andrew Klavan Show: Freedom's Greatest Enemy (2017) (TV Episode)
Michael Knowles shows a clip.


Notorious (1946)
The scene in Silverman's office especially Johannson's character.
The Big Sleep (1946)
The scene in Silverman's office.
Road to Rio (1947)
One of the Communist screenwriters mentions how he was involved in writing "All the Way to Uruguay" one of the All the Way series.
On the Town (1949)
The Channing Tatum scene with singing sailors.
Roman Holiday (1953)
In "Roman Holiday", the film's two main characters drive on a scooter. In "Hail, Caesar!", Gloria DeLamour exclaims: "Jesus Christ on a scooter!", Jesus Christ, the actual main charater of "Hail, Caesar: A Tale of the Christ".
Spartacus (1960)
In "Spartacus", Crassus (Laurence Olivier) attempts to seduce his educated house slave Antoninus, a singer of songs and reciter of poetry. Baird Whitlock (Autolycus Antoninus in "Hail, Caesar: A Tale of the Christ") once got his first major part in "On Wings as Eagles" allegedly by engaging in sodomy with the picture's director Laurence Laurentz. The only time Autolycus is called "Antoninus" is in the direction for the revel scene: "... in comes Antoninus, lots of energy!" Autolycus joins the revel and with his sword accidently pricks a house slave who plays the lyre.
Where's Poppa? (1970)
Hocheiser, the name of the actor playing Jesus, references (the Hocheisers of) "Where's Poppa?", a question of particular relevance concerning Christ Jesus.
The Ruling Class (1972)
Jack Gurney, 14th Earl of Gurney, who doesn't want to be called Jack and who, according to his wishes, is called Bert, thinks he's Jesus Christ and is suspected by his uncle to be a Communist. In "Hail, Caesar!", Burt Gurney is the communist screenwriters' "messianic" patron, who in an iconographic scene takes leave of them and embarks on a passage to the Soviet Union (their "heaven"), one of several conflations and juxtapositions of Christianity and Communism in the film.
Seinfeld (1989) (TV Series)
The communists, who kidnap Baird Whitlock, want "to bring on the new man". Wayne Knight, playing the extra who slips Baird Whitlock a Mickey, was Newman in "Seinfeld".

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