G&S Pop culture references
There are many references to G&S music dotted around popular culture. Here is our little list that you may have heard of in Television Stage Music and Film. Various G&S songs are also widely used as a basis for other amusing comedy (on ID cards, computers).
HMS Yakko (#3) (see http://www2.cruzio.com~keeper/00.html#7 for more details). Uses parodies of songs including:
The Box of Delights
Abner Brown sings "Take a pair of sparkling eyes", from Gondoliers
The Talons of Weng Chiang A couple of bars of the opening of The Mikado can be heard in this one, despite its accompanying a Chinese themed magic show rather than Japanese.
Ghost Light The line "I'm a man of property" is spoken, taken from Patience
Cape Feare (9.22)
And It's Surely To Their Credit (2.05)
Mandatory Minimums (1.20)
Lord John Marbury (1.11)
Inauguration Part One (4.14)
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Features a G&S-like patter song, 'Speed Test', which borrows from the Ruddigore song 'It Doesn't Matter'
Tom Lehrer'sElements song is a parody of the Major General's Song.
Uses I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General 'The Pirates of Penzance'
Chariots of Fire
Harold Abrahams is a big G&S fan in the film. He sings "With Catlike Tread" (Pirates) as a party piece, and "For He Is An Englishman" (Pinafore) playing while he receives his medal. "Three Little Maids" (Mikado) is also heard.
Dick Deadeye or, Duty Done (1971)
http://www.toonhound.com/deadeye.htm for more information)
If you want to know who we are (The Mikado)
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
Selections from The Pirates of Penzance
Kate & Leopold
I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General from (The Pirates of Penzance)
Permanent Record (1988)
This very poor early Keanu Reeves vehicle, where a group of high school students are putting on a production of HMS Pinafore when one of them ruins the party by committing suicide. Towards the end, there's a scene where the character playing Josephine (in the play within the film) is about to sing the gorgeous "Sorry her lot who loves too well", when she breaks off and sings some absolutely dismal pop tune instead as a tribute to him.
Peter Pan (2003)
When I Was a Lad (HMS Pinafore)
Extract from The Pirates of Penzance
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Three little maids from school are we (The Mikado)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
When Marion bids Sallah goodbye, she kisses him several times, then he sings "A British Tar Is a Soaring Soul, As Free as a Mountain Bird" (HMS Pinafore)
Star Trek: Insurrection
A British Tar (HMS Pinafore)
The Talented Mr Ripley
We're Called Gondolieri (The Gondoliers)
1999 film about the theatre preparation and production for the Mikado. Includes:
Ah, leave me not to pine (The Pirates of Penzance)
The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)
I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General (The Pirates of Penzance)