Once Upon a Time in Hollywood References guide

From The Quentin Tarantino Archives

This page is under construction. As is the tradition at The Quentin Tarantino Archives, our international network of movie geeks will compile a guide of pop cultural references that will make enjoying Tarantino's latest a special delight for geeks and aspiring cinephiles.

For starters, check out the Furious Cinema article: 1969: Entering New Hollywood

Also, check out this thread in our forums "Who is George Spahn?"

Movies (Advertised or Referenced)

  • Funny Girl (Dir: William Wyler) - Billboard poster for the 1968 musical comedy starring Barbara Streisand.
  • Oliver! (Dir: Carol Reed) - Billboard poster for the 1968 musical starring Ron Moody and Oliver Reed
  • The Wrecking Crew (Dir: Phil Karlson) - Billboard poster for the 1968 spy comedy starring Dean Martin, Elke Sommer and Sharon Tate
  • Pendulum (Dir: George Schaefer) - Billboard poster for the 1969 crime thriller starring George Peppard and Jean Seberg.
  • Mackenna's Gold (Dir: J. Lee Thompson) - Billboard poster for the 1969 Western adventure starring Gregory Peck and Telly Savalas
  • Sam Whiskey (Dir: Arnold Laven): Theatrical poster for the 1969 comedy western starring Burt Reynolds and Angie Dickinson.
  • They Came To Rob Las Vegas (Dir: Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi): Billboard poster for the 1968 crime film starring Gary Lockwood, Lee J. Cobb and Elke Sommer.
  • The Boston Strangler (Dir: Richard Fleischer)- Billboard for the 1968 crime-thriller film starring Tony Curtis.
  • The Night They Raided Minsky's (Dir: William Friedkin) - playing at the Vogue theater in the Summer of 1969
  • Krakatoa: East of Java (Dir: Bernard L. Kowalski) - playing at the Hollywood Cinerama Dome in the Summer of 1969
  • Babette & The Turn On! playing at The Pussycat Theater (a now defunct adult theater located on Hollywood Boulevard)


  • Taco Bell: Popular Mexican fast food chain


  • Peaches Records & Tapes: A now defunct record store in Hollywood

TV Shows (Advertised or Referenced)

  • Honey West- A TV series starring Anne Francis. A bus billboard ad. Also mentioned in Reservoir Dogs.
  • The Rosie Grier Show: A talk show starring the football player/actor. A bus stop billboard ad.
  • Fright Night with Seymour: A billboard ad for LA TV late night horror movies show.
  • Lancer: Western TV series that aired from 1968-1970


  • Sharon Tate: Actress and late wife of Roman Polanski
  • Steve McQueen: Actor known as The "King of Cool"
  • Jay Sebring: Hairdresser to the stars. Killed by Manson family members.
  • Bruce Lee: Martial Arts icon/Actor/Fight choreographer. Friend of Polanski/Tate/McQueen
  • Squeaky Fromme: Member of the Manson family.
  • Sam Wanamaker: Actor and Director