So, next month marks the 15th anniversary of the last new episode of Seinfeld airing. It really seems hard to believe that it was that long ago. Of course the show has never gone off the air and still lives on in re-runs, and it's probably just as funny as ever.
But what does Seinfeld have to do with movies? Well, I'm glad you asked. Movies, either real or imagined, always played a big part in the show.
Movie stars who made cameo appearances:
Bette Midler - In town to play Rochelle in Rochelle, Rochelle: The Musical (see below), George injuries her in a softball game.
Marisa Tomei - George actually has a shot with her (because she happens to be into short, stocky, bald men), but blows it when he reveals that he's engaged.
Jon Voight - George thinks he's bought Voight's car, and Kramer later ends up getting bitten by the actor.
Woody Allen - Okay, Allen never actually appears on the show, but Kramer gets a small part in a movie he's filming in the neighborhood ("These pretzels are making me thirsty"), only to end up getting fired after he accidentally injuries him.
Real movies mentioned on the show:
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS - Made Gino and Uncle Enzo cry
HOME ALONE - Made George cry
BEACHES - Made Jerry's girlfriend cry
THE ENGLISH PATIENT - Made everyone but Elaine cry
WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S II - Elaine, looking for a chuckle, rents this only to end up being disgusted.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - Having failed to read the book for his book club, George barges in a father and daughter who have rented the film.
CHAPTER TWO - In order to win him back, Jerry's girlfriend sends him a note plagiarizing from the movie.
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE - Jerry wants to go see (and loudly mock) this film after he, George, and Elaine eat some Chinese food.
SCHINDLER'S LIST - Because his parents are staying with him, Jerry has to go to this movie to make out with his girlfriend.
STAR TREK II - Due to an offhand quote from the movie that Jerry makes at Susan's funeral, George's life is turned upside down.
Some of the fake movies mentioned on the show that could very well be real films:
Death Blow - "When someone tries to blow you up, not because of who you are, but because of different reasons altogether!" Jerry is forced to bootleg this movie along with Cry, Cry Again.
Chunnel - "32 miles of hell"
Rochelle, Rochelle: "A young girl's strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk."
Blimp: The Hindenburg Story
CheckMate - "The next move could be his last."
The Pain and the Yearning - "An old woman experiences pain and yearning."
The Other Side of Darkness
Blame it on the Rain
The Muted Heart
Ponce De Leon
Flaming Globes of Sigmund
Movies that Kramer as Moviefone guy looked up for people:
Mountain High - "There's no higher place than... Mountain High!"
Seinfeld movie parodies:
MARATHON MAN - After Kramer pretends to mug George in front of a van full of immigrants, they later confront him in an alley, only to be subdued by the "Bro" (or "Mansserie") Kramer has in his pocket.
MIDNIGHT COWBOY - Kramer and Jerry take a bus out to New Jersey to try to retrieve Jerry's sneakers, and when Kramer gets a nosebleed, Jerry attempts to comfort him as "Everybody's Talkin'" plays.
APOCALYPSE NOW - In order to get him to sign a cost expenditure, Elaine travels into the jungle of Burma to find Mr. Peterman.
CITIZEN KANE - Mr. Peterman's mother dies after uttering "Bosco" and he thinks she confessed some transgression until it is later revealed that is was just George's bankcard code.
NIXON - When Jerry's father is accused of embezzlement, he is forced to resign as condo president, and after their walk of shame, he looks back on the crowd and waves.
Notable movies the principal actors made either during or after the show:
Jason Alexander - PRETTY WOMAN
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - DECONSTRUCTING HARRY
Michael Richards - UHF, PROBLEM CHILD
Jerry Seinfeld - BEE MOVIE
Wayne Knight - BASIC INSTINCT, JURASSIC PARK
Larry David - WHATEVER WORKS
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