Nell (1994) Poster



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Frankenstein (1931)
mentioned that a doctor is going to do "a Frankenstein number" on Nell

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Jeff Daniels/Luscious Jackson (1995) (TV Episode)
Referenced in E skit
The Nanny: The Cantor Show (1996) (TV Episode)
Fran mentions the movie by name.
Blood Slaves of the Vampire Wolf (1996)
Title shown on a movie theater marquee.
Game On: Martin's Baby (1998) (TV Episode)
The video is seen
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: Movies (1998) (TV Episode)
One of the movies Sam Brown mentions that he'll sit through to get lucky with women.
Will & Grace: Will Works Out (1999) (TV Episode)
Grace: "Well, Nell, you night say something .... "
Kiss My Act (2001) (TV Movie)
Will & Grace: Last of the Really Odd Lovers (2001) (TV Episode)
Will: "She grew up without people. Did you ever see Nell?"
Gilmore Girls: Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days (2002) (TV Episode)
Lorelai considers impersonating Nell to lighten the mood while breaking bad news to her parents.
Just Shoot Me!: There's Something About Allison (2003) (TV Episode)
Finch: "Watching that exchange is like watching Forrest Gump and Nell plan a booty call."
The Year of the Rat (2003) (Video)
Roger Russell references the film and the title role in an interview situation
On the Set of Sightlines (2003) (Video)
Actor Nick Searcy makes reference to this title while giving his partial verbal résumé.
American Dad!: Dungeons and Wagons (2006) (TV Episode)
Rogers says he was hiding in the kitchen cabinet so long he "went all Nell" and invented his own language.
Rules of Engagement: Bag Ladies (2007) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the dialogue: "Like Jodie Foster in Nell .. ?"
The Starter Wife: Her Old Man & The Sea (2008) (TV Episode)
Kenny: "Not since Jodie Foster in 'Nell' have I slept so soundly."
Supernatural: Family Remains (2009) (TV Episode)
Dean says "It's not just a girl, it's psycho Nell!"
Parks and Recreation: Fancy Party (2011) (TV Episode)
Donna asks Ann if she's "Nell from the movie 'Nell.'"
Grey's Anatomy: The Girl with No Name (2012) (TV Episode)
"Jodie Foster lost in the woods movie" mentioned
The Cinema Snob: Staying Alive (2015) (TV Episode)
"Later that night, he goes to see Jackie's show which is like that cross between Xanadu and Nell."
12 Monkeys: Immortal (2016) (TV Episode)
After finding Cassie walking around in a daze, Jennifer says to her, "I found you down here going full Nell."
The Last Man on Earth: Point Person Knows Best (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tandy.
Saturday Night Live: Jonah Hill/Maggie Rogers (2018) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned and main character imitated during 'America's got Talent Wait, They're Good?' promo
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Mac and Me (2018) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Nell): "Chickabee! 'Tay in the wind."
Bless the Harts: Trash Twins (2019) (TV Episode)
Violet calls Uncle Tommy "a real life Nell".
Saturday Night Live: Jennifer Lopez/DaBaby (2019) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during hardware store sketch.
Duncanville: Wolf Mother (2020) (TV Episode)
Jack says Wolf is like the title character of this movie


Fast and Furry-ous (1949) (Short)
A Road Runner cartoon is playing on a TV in the hospital.

Featured in 

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) (TV Special)
The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995) (TV Special)
1995 MTV Movie Awards (1995) (TV Special)
Jodie Foster is nominated for "Best Female Performance"
WatchMojo: Top 10 Liam Neeson Performances (2012) (TV Episode)
Dr. Jerome Lovell is #7.
70th Golden Globe Awards (2013) (TV Special)

Spoofed in 

Plump Fiction (1997)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers (1998) (Video)
Ron Wood (Mike Myers) interviews the cast of "Nell."

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