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INSPIRATION FOR BREAKING BAD (Movies and Tv Shows)

This is a discussion board for movies that Vince Gilligan has quoted or referred to in any interview. I've watched a lot of interviews of the man on youtube, as well as the "inside breaking bad" interviews that are up on the amc website and the dvds, and I noticed the man has good taste in movies. So I'm gonna put up a list of all the movies i've ever heard him refer to, and anyone can add any that they find.

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51. At the Circus - 100% - Todd's ringtone for when Lydia calls is "Lydia the tatooed lady", a musical number from Groucho Marx and company, from At the Circus. 

52. The Searchers - 100% - Vince Gilligan mentions the Searchers in the final episode of 'Talking Bad'. 

53. The French Connection - 98% - The main character of the French Connection, Popeye Doyle, is the original wearer of the 'Heisenberg Hat' or 'pork pie hat'. In Br Ba Season 4, episode 4 Bullet Points, Hank mentions Popeye Doyle while showing Walt Gale's lab notebook. 

 

Well I got to 53 films on my list of Vince Gilligan's fave films. But I'm not done. Here's what i have left to do.

1. Move all 53 films to one comment, the first comment. Neat and organized for easy viewing.

2. Begin my List of Vince Gilligan's Favorite TV Shows (maybe on the same thread). 

3. Change Title to 'Fave TV shows and Films of Vince Gilligan' 

4. Keep the thread Open for any future tv shows and films that Vince Gilligan will happen to mention in the future. 


Thank you. 

54. Death Rides a Horse - In a Season 2 episode of Breaking Bad, after Walter had to use his alibi of going crazy and stripping nude in a supermarket, He finds one of his wanted posters vandalized and posted to the windshield of his Aztec. On the drive home, he tells Walt Jr. his plan. Something along the lines of "Drive them out to the desert and bury them neck deep into the sand so that only their heads are visible, and have ants or scorpions crawl around and bite them on the head. Saw it in a movie once" - This scenario has been mimicked countless times, most recently in Disney's the Lone Ranger (2013), but the origination of the scene, and The movie Walt is referring to is "Death Rides a Horse" a spaghetti western with a theme by Ennio Morricone, that was also used in Kill Bill. 

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Thanks for this Madrigal!

I'm downloading 11 movies from this list and can't wait to watch them.

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An obvious precursor to BrBA is the X Files.....there are many other connections listed in this article:

http://www.thefilmchair.com/wordpress/index.php/2013/08/10/5-x-files-connections-in-breaking-bad-you-may-have-missed/

I always liked the way both the Xfiles and then BrBA used the cold open....and the show that influenced both of these shows (the use of the cold open being just one of many devices cribbed from this show)...THE TWILIGHT ZONE! Vince Gilligan says in Talking Bad finale that he would like BrBA to be remembered as an iconic Tv Show "like the Twilight Zone".

Madrigal-Ehrmantraut wrote:
Part IV - Sergio Leone 

Sergio Leone's movies are a big inspiration for Breaking Bad, probably the biggest inspiration of all, even though BrBa was originally set in riverside, California. Even Tuco Salamanca was named after the 'Ugly' in 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'. All of Leone's movies hold an 87% or higher on rotten tomatoes, with the exception of one.

13. A Fistful of Dollars - 98%

14. For a Few Dollars More - 94%

15. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - 97%

16. Once Upon a Time in the West - 98%

17. A Fistful of Dynamite (Duck you Sucker!) - 90%

18. Once Upon a Time in America - 87%

19. The Fallen (actor only) - 86% 

Yeah, and in the extended cut of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (one of my very favorites), one of Tuco's friends tells him "But people are saying you got killed in Albuquerque", to which Tuco replies "And people talk bullshit". In the series, Tuco gets killed shortly after leaving Albuquerque.

On a side note, Leone's first feature film, Il Colosso di Rodi, has a 57% on RT.

There's also Scorsese's Taxi Driver. Walt buys a .38 snub (one of Travis' guns) in the episode of the same name, and is shown practicing his draw in a similar manner to that of the film's protagonist. Also, the seller offers Travis some crystal meth, among other drugs.

Rodrigo E. Cumsille wrote:
There's also Scorsese's Taxi Driver. Walt buys a .38 snub (one of Travis' guns) in the episode of the same name, and is shown practicing his draw in a similar manner to that of the film's protagonist. Also, the seller offers Travis some crystal meth, among other drugs.

That's one of my fave movies!

Chanman001 wrote:
Thanks for this Madrigal!

I'm downloading 11 movies from this list and can't wait to watch them.

Thanks for the support buddy. That was my intention: to share with the fans some of Vince's favorite stuff that went into inspiration for the show. Let me know which ones you downloaded and how you liked them. 

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Love this thread, thanks. I have another one for your list: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Not only is there a big plot parallel (outlaw partners)

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-breaking-bad-bryan-cranston-movies-20130930,0,7843874.story

but more specifically, a shared piece of reality: the same train tracks in the "Dead Freight" episode (train heist) of BB were used decades before in one of the train robberies in that 1969 Newman/Redford film.

http://www.thecredits.org/2013/08/george-mastras-on-writing-directing-one-of-breaking-bads-best-episodes/

http://www.craveonline.com/tv/interviews/562475-george-mastras-on-breaking-bad-season-5