The Shape of Water (2017) Poster


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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
The fish-man is chained on a circular platform while being tortured by Strickland, just like Lon Chaney (and other portrayers of Quasimodo) being flogged in the Place de Grève. Both are subsequently aided by a woman.
Leve de Jantjes (1936)
The set of the dance number echoes the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance "Let's Face the Music and Dance," though in the original version there is no orchestra on the stage. This dance with the set is also imitated by Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in "Pennies from Heaven."
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Giles refers to James Cagney dancing down a flight of stairs.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
The Amphibian Man was modeled after the creature from this movie. Director Guillermo Del Toro has cited this movie as a major influence on his film.
Mardi Gras (1958)
Seen on the theater marquee
A Summer Place (1959)
Theme music plays when Strickland is at the Cadillac dealership.
The Story of Ruth (1960)
Seen on the theater marquee
Chelovek-Amfibiya (1962)
The climax of the amphibian man and his love interest evading the villains and trying to make it in time to the open sea to help the amphibian man escape.
Delicatessen (1991)
The scene of the underwater bathroom is a reference to Delicatessen
Amélie (2001)
The character of Elisa is based on Amélie Poulain. Just like the universe of the set design and the post-production color effect of the cinematography

Referenced in 

Vecherniy Urgant: Ëlka (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Anton Dolin.
Todd's Pop Song Reviews: The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2017 (2018) (TV Episode)
The Asset ("a goddamn fishman") is listed among the "hottest guys that all the girls are crazing over "
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 9 January 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Joanna Lumley.
After Trek: Vaulting Ambition (2018) (TV Episode)
Doug Jones' performance is mentioned.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Chelsea Handler/Desus & Mero/Rob Haze (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the Thank You Notes segment
Sean Bradley's First Reaction: 90th Academy Awards - Nominations (2018) (TV Episode)
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Film Editing
Saturday Night Live: Will Ferrell/Chris Stapleton (2018) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned on Weekend Update and during dinner discussion sketch.
After Trek: The War Without, the War Within (2018) (TV Episode)
Matt Mira congratulates Doug Jones on the movie.
The Cinema Snob: Ed (2018) (TV Episode)
The Snob mentions it.
The Ben Shapiro Show: Does the Super Bowl Matter? (2018) (TV Episode)
Ben Shapiro mentions the movie by title.
Honest Trailers: Showgirls (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Golic and Wingo: Episode #1.57 (2018) (TV Episode)
Mike Golic says this is the stupidest movie ever made
Midnight Screenings: Phantom Thread/The Shape of Water (2018) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
Golic and Wingo: Episode #1.61 (2018) (TV Episode)
Mike Golic says Black Panther was more enjoyable than The Shape of Water
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 19 February 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Richard.
How It Should Have Ended: Star Wars - Best Picture Summary - Oscars 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Movie is brought up and discussed
Saturday Night Live: Charles Barkley/Migos (2018) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during 'The Grabbies' sketch.
Golic and Wingo: Episode #1.71 (2018) (TV Episode)
discussed by Adnan Virk and MIke Golic
Breakfast: Episode dated 5 March 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 5 March 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Saturday Night Live: Sterling K. Brown/James Bay (2018) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Celebrity Family Fued: Oscars Edition.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Alan Cumming/Christiane Amanpour/Beth Ditto/Brendan Canty (2018) (TV Episode)
"What's Trump's Oscar winning movie? The Shape of Daughter."
LA to Vegas: The Proposal (2018) (TV Episode)
Co-Pilot Alan says he loves this movie
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Michael Shannon/Andrew Rannells/Father John Misty (2018) (TV Episode)
Michael Shannon comments on his movie winning the Best Picture Oscar
Supernatural: Let the Good Times Roll (2018) (TV Episode)
"A movie where a girl goes all the way with a fish wins Best Picture"
Honest Trailers: Hook (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
CTV News at Noon Toronto: Episode dated 6 September 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
It's mentioned.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Big Bird's Big Break (2018) (TV Episode)
Brought up is an example of a film with silence.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: The Puppet Master (2018) (TV Episode)
Brought up in Guillermo del Toro's filmography.
The Simpsons: Werking Mom (2018) (TV Episode)
The Amphibian Man is seen in the floorboards, holding an Academy Award.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Lords of the Deep (2018) (TV Episode)
Crow: "You're not gonna 'Shape of Water' with it, are you?"


The Little Colonel (1935)
The "Tap on Stairs" scene is played on the television.
Een nacht in Rio (1941)
Seen on TV
Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
Seen playing on the TV
Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943)
The scene of Alice Faye singing "You'll Never Know" plays on Giles' television.
Coney Island (1943)
Clip is seen on the TV.
Mardi Gras (1958)
Seen playing in the theater.
Mister Ed (1958) (TV Series)
Seen on TV when the Amphibian Man enters Giles' apartment
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959) (TV Series)
Richard's kids watch it on TV.
1001 Arabian Nights (1959)
Richard Strickland's kids watch it on TV
The Story of Ruth (1960)
It is played in the theater.
Hong Kong (1960) (TV Series)
Clip is seen on the TV.

Featured in 

WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Movies of 2017 (2017) (TV Episode)
The Shape of Water gets an honorable mention.
Tamara Just Saw: The Shape of Water - Tamara Just Saw (2017) (TV Episode)
The movie that Tamara just saw with her brother Taylor
75th Golden Globe Awards (2018) (TV Special)
Footage is shown.
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 9 January 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
CTV National News: Episode dated 23 January 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown.
The EE British Academy Film Awards (2018) (TV Special)
Clips shown
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 19 February 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
Honest Trailers: The Oscars 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Used in trailer
CTV National News: Episode dated 2 March 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown.
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
nominee clips
The Month in Movies: February 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Trailer and clip shown. Film is discussed.
Renegade Cut: The Shape of Water: The Other (2018) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong With The Shape of Water (2018) (TV Episode)
The flaws of the movie are talked about
Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema: The Romcom (2018) (TV Episode)
Clips used to illustrate the genre
History of Horror: Killer Creatures (2018) (TV Episode)
Clips shown

Spoofed in 

Camp Camp: Something Fishy (2018) (TV Episode)
story about a woman romancing a fishman is a direct parody

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